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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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 Oisyra Boutique Hotel
Oisyra Boutique Hotel, Ermoupoli
Located in Ermoupoli in the region of Syros, 21 miles from Mýkonos City, Oisyra Boutique Hotel features a sun terrace and views of the city. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...
 Veranda Syros House
Veranda Syros House, Ermoupoli
Veranda Syros House is a vacation home located in Ermoúpolis in the region of Syros and featuring a garden with a sun terrace. The property is 21 miles from Mýkonos City and features views of the sea . 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, 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...
 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...
 Avrofilito Syros Houses
Avrofilito Syros Houses, Ermoupoli
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...
 Diogenis Hotel
Diogenis Hotel, Ermoupoli
Located in Ermoúpolis, 21 miles from Mýkonos City, Diogenis Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
 Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment
Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment, Ermoupoli
Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment offers accommodations in Ermoupoli, 21 miles from Mýkonos City and 27 miles from Naousa. more...
 Antouanetta Apartments
Antouanetta Apartments, Ermoupoli
Featuring air conditioning, Antouanetta Apartments offers accommodations in Ermoúpolis. Mýkonos City is 21 miles from the property. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. more...
 Konstantza Studios and Apartments
Konstantza Studios and Apartments, Ermoupoli
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Konstantza Studios and Apartments is located in Ermoúpolis, just 21 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 28 miles from the property. 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...
 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...
 Romanza Rooms
Romanza Rooms, Ermoupoli
Featuring a barbecue, Romanza Rooms is located in Ermoúpolis, just 22 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 28 miles away. 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...
Ostria, Ermoupoli
Ostria is located in Ermoúpolis, just 21 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 27 miles from the property. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...


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