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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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 Diogenis Hotel
Set in an authentic 19th-century building of Ermoupolis, Diogenis Hotel offers rooms with city or sea views and free wireless internet. The nearest beach is 820 feet away. more...
Located close to the port of Ermoupolis and Miaouli Square, this traditional-style property offers peaceful accommodations and panoramic views of the city. more...
 Hotel Hermes
Centrally located in Ermoupoli of Syros, Hotel Hermes offers elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi throughout. It features a restaurant and snack-bar enjoying views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Electra Syros Boutique Hotel
In the Vaporia area 984 feet from central Ermoupolis in Syros, Electra Syros Boutique Hotel features free high-speed Wi-Fi and a roof garden overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Syrou Melathron
Housed in a historic building dating back to the 19th century, Syrou Melathron is located in Vaporia, near the Asteria Bay. more...
Set on a pedestrian street in a historic location, the family-run Ethrion is 492 feet from Ermoupolis Port and the main square. more...
Located a 5-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.7 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, Habit in Ermoupoli provides air-conditioned accommodations with views of the city and free WiFi. more...
 Hotel Ploes
Boasting a privileged location, just yards away from Ermoupolis center, Hotel Ploes is housed in a listed, early 19th-century Neoclassical mansion. more...
 Hotel Omiros
Peacefully located in Ermoupoli, Hotel Omiros is a fully restored, neoclassical mansion. It offers a terrace overlooking the islands of Mykonos and Tilos, and a lounge area with fireplace. more...
Kymata is located just 98 feet from the nearest beach in Ermoupolis Town. It offers air-conditioned rooms with views of the Aegean Sea or the scenic main town of Syros. more...
 Ariadni Rooms & Apartments
Located in scenic Ermoupolis just 66 feet from the port, the family-run Ariadni Rooms & Apartments features air-conditioned accommodations. more...
 Wind Tales
Featuring a hilltop location, Wind Tales is located in the Medieval part of Ano Syros, overlooking the Aegean Sea and Ermoupolis Port. The green hotel offers traditional accommodations. more...
 Shapes Luxury Suites
An 18-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church, Shapes Luxury Suites is located in Ermoupoli and has free WiFi, express check-in and check-out and concierge services. more...
 1901 Hermoupolis
Just 984 feet from Syros Port, 1901 Hermoupolis offers accommodations in Ermoupoli. Guests can enjoy the hammam and the on-site bar. Rooms come with Laura Ashley linens and Tempur mattresses. more...
 Apollonion Palace
Apollonion Palace Hotel is housed in a historic 19th century building, overlooking the Bay of Ag. Nicholas in the Vaporia area, close to the port of Ermoupolis and Miaouli Square. more...
 Aiolia Studios
Enjoying a central location at Iroon Square , Aiolia Studios features air-conditioned accommodations with balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Zannikos Rooms
The traditionally-built Zannikos Rooms is centrally located in the scenic Ermoupolis, just 328 feet from the port and within 328 feet from restaurants and bars. more...
 Nisaki Hotel
Hotel Nisaki is located on Syros’ waterfront promenade and offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a cafe bar, breakfast area and free parking. more...
 Pefkakia Park
Pefkakia Park offers year-round accommodations in Ermoupolis. Right next to a park, it is centrally located only 1148 feet from Miaoulis Square and the harbor, yet far from the noise and traffic. more...
 Vizantio Apartments
In the center of Syros, the Sovereign of Cyclades, the hotel is situated near the well-known Apollon Theater and the large Miaouli Square, with the beautiful Town Hall of Ermoupolis. more...
 Boutique Florence
Just 492 feet from Ermoupoli Port, Boutique Florence features bed and breakfast accommodations with free WiFi. Dating back in the 19th century, the main Miaouli Square is 984 feet away. more...
 Veranda Syros House
Οffering panoramic views over the Aegean Sea, Veranda Syros House is a neoclassical mansion located in Ermoupoli. Saint Nicholas Church is just 656 feet away. WiFi is offered throughout. more...
 Arhontiko Ermoupolis
Set in a historic 19th-century mansion with unique ceiling paintings, Archontiko Ermoupolis offers a warm and authentic atmosphere in Syros’ picturesque capital Ermoupolis. more...
 Leia Guest House
Offering free WiFi, Leia Guest House offers accommodations in Ermoupoli, a 19-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. more...
Located in Ermoupoli, Atlantis has accommodations with private balconies. The property provides city views, a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. more...



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