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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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 Ariadni Rooms & Apartments
Ariadni Rooms & Apartments, Ermoupoli
Situated in scenic Ermoupolis just 20 metres from the port, the family-run Ariadni Rooms & Apartments features air-conditioned accommodation. more...
 1901 Hermoupolis
1901 Hermoupolis, Ermoupoli
Just 300 metres from Syros Port, 1901 Hermoupolis offers accommodation in Ermoupoli. Guests can enjoy the hammam and the on-site bar. more...
 Ethrion
Ethrion, Ermoupoli
Set on a pedestrian street in a historic location, the family-run Ethrion is 150 metres from Ermoupolis Port and the main square. more...
 Veranda Syros House
Veranda Syros House, Ermoupoli
╬čffering panoramic views over the Aegean Sea, Veranda Syros House is a neoclassical mansion located in Ermoupoli. Saint Nicholas Church is just 200 metres away. WiFi is offered throughout. more...
 Guesthouse Lila
Guesthouse Lila, Ermoupoli
Lila is a traditional guesthouse occupying a renovated mansion in the picturesque Ermoupolis. The former 19th century French Consulate is a few steps from the center of town and the port. more...
 Hotel Halaris
Hotel Halaris, Ermoupoli
Housed in a neoclassical building, Hotel Halaris is located in Ermoupolis Town, just 400 metres from the port. It features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Konstantza Studios and Apartments
Konstantza Studios and Apartments, Ermoupoli
Boasting free Wi-Fi access throughout, Konstanza Studios and Apartments is located in the heart of the scenic Ermoupolis Town. The self-catered studios enjoy a kitchenette with stove and a balcony. more...
 Apergis Rooms
Apergis Rooms, Ermoupoli
Centrally located in Ermoupolis, Apergis Rooms is 60 metres from the historical City Hall and 100 metres from Asteria Beach. It offers self-catered accommodation with free Wi-Fi throughout. more...
 Monte Kristo Hotel
Monte Kristo Hotel, Ermoupoli
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...
 Romanza Rooms
Romanza Rooms, Ermoupoli
Located in the scenic Ermoupolis Town, Romanza Rooms offers self-catering units with free Wi-Fi access and furnished terraces. more...
 Antouanetta Apartments
Antouanetta Apartments, Ermoupoli
Housed in a renovated 19th century building, Antouanetta Apartments is located in Ermoupolis, within a 5-minute walk from the central Miaouli Square. more...
 Avrofilito Syros Houses
Avrofilito Syros Houses, Ermoupoli
Avrofilito Syros Houses is a complex of 5 self-catering vacation apartments situated on the hill of Sklipi, just 2 km from Ermoupolis and 7 km from sandy Galissas beach. more...
 Sarris Planet
Sarris Planet, Ermoupoli
Built-in the traditional blue-white Cycladic style, Sarris Planet features free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned accommodation overlooking the Aegean Sea from its terrace. more...
 Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment
Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment, Ermoupoli
Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment is an apartment with a terrace centrally located in the city of Ermoupolis, just 100 meters from the centre and the port. Miaouli Square is 300 metres away. more...
 Apollonion Palace
Apollonion Palace, Ermoupoli
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...




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