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Syros Island

Syros is one of the Greek Cyclades Islands located in the Aegean Sea 114 kilometres south east of the mainland port of Piraeus. It's the administrative capital of the archipelago and is home to half of the entire population of the Cyclades. Its cosmopolitan capital city Ermopoulis was the main port of Greece until the 20th century. Many international visitors only stay on the island long enough to change ferries to more glamorous destinations. But linger here long enough and you'll find some fine beaches, excellent walking trails and a bustling city offering chic boutiques, a lively nightlife and first class restaurants.

You can fly to the island via Olympic Airways from Athens and there are daily ferry services to and from Piraeus (four hours). There are also daily ferries to and from the mainland port of Rafina (nearly six hours) and the islands of Paros, Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Crete. Less frequent ferries connect Syros with most of the other main Cycladic islands. A Flying Dolphin fast boat will get you to Piraeus in two and a half hours or to the nearby party island of Mykonos in just 30 minutes. If you're coming here by boat you'll arrive at the island's impressive capital on the east coast. Ermopoulis is named after Hermes, the god of trade and commerce, and is awash with grandiose neoclassical mansions which stand as reminders of a more glorious era.

Once an important Phoenician seaport, Syros went on to become the trading centre of the Cyclades under the Venetians in the 13th century. It heyday came to an end with the advent of steam power and the rise in importance of Piraeus. It's worth spending at least a night or two here to take in the city's main sights, absorb its thriving cultural scene and visit the two charming hill top settlements which overlook the port below. The town's archaeological museum will give you a flavour of the island's rich history which spans nearly 5,000 years. Excavations have revealed evidence of Cycladic settlements on Syros as far back as 2,800 BC.

The archeological site of Kastri in the north is one of the oldest in the Cyclades and whilst there's not a great deal left to see here it's a wonderful area to explore on foot. From here you can reach some idyllic, unspoilt beaches only accessible on foot or by boat. You'll find beautiful but busier resort beaches on the island's west coast accessible by road from Ermopoulis. If you're visiting in August, expect to be joined by hordes of Greek tourists who far outnumber the international variety. The fact that the island retains its essentially Greek character and has not been over-taken by mass tourism is all part of its special charm.


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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1.2 miles from center)
Featuring a garden and sun terrace, Avrofilito Syros Houses is located in Ermoúpolis. Mýkonos City is 22 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Set on a pedestrian street in a historic location, the family-run Ethrion is 150 metres from Ermoupolis Port and the main square. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1 800 feet from center)
Located 21 miles from Mýkonos City, Comfortable Home Ermoupolis offers accommodations in Ermoúpolis. Comfortable Home Ermoupolis features views of the sea and is 28 miles from Náousa. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(0.7 miles from center)
Located in Ermoúpolis in the region of Syros, 22 miles from Mýkonos City, Wind Tales features a terrace and views of the sea. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room has a flat-screen TV. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1 950 feet from center)
Centrally located in Ermoupolis of Syros, Monte Kristo Hotel is housed in a restored 19th-century mansion with carved ceilings, wooden staircases and mural paintings. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Located in Ermoúpolis in the region of Syros, 21 miles from Mýkonos City, Hotel Ploes features a sun terrace and a private beach area. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1.7 miles from center)
Villa Zen Dans Le Bleu is a detached villa is located in Ermoúpolis in Syros and and is 21 miles from Mýkonos City. The property is 26 miles from Náousa and features views of the sea. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Built in 1843, the Neoclassical Aktaion is right on the port of Ermoupolis, within walking distance of the town?s historic center. It offers elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi and LCD TV. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1 150 feet from center)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Hermes offers accommodations in Ermoúpolis, just 21 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, 1901 Hermoupolis Maison offers accommodations in Ermoúpolis, just 21 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Cats of Ano Syros offers accommodations in Ermoúpolis. The property is 21 miles from Mýkonos City and features views of the mountains. A TV is provided. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Located in Ermoúpolis, 21 miles from Mýkonos City, Naves Suites features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Guesthouse Aeriko offers pet-friendly accommodations in Ermoúpolis. Enjoy a cup of coffee from your terrace or balcony. The rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub or shower. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(1 800 feet from center)
Perfectly located close to Ermoupolis Port, Esperance 1 offers spacious and comfortable rooms. Relax in your modern room and enjoy a charming base, close to all the main attractions. more...
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Ermoupoli ? Show on map(In the city center)
Paradise is located in Ermoúpolis, 21 miles from Mýkonos City and 27 miles from Náousa. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Views of the sea, garden or city are featured in certain rooms. more...

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