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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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The traditionally-built Ostria is centrally located in the scenic Ermoupolis Town of Syros, within 164 feet from the port and a short walk from restaurants and bars. 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...
Offering city views and free WiFi, Homey has accommodations located conveniently in Ermoupoli, within a short distance of Saint Nicholas Church, Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli and Miaouli Square. more...
 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...
 Sarris Planet
Built-in the traditional blue-white Cycladic style, Sarris Planet features free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea from its terrace. more...
 Villa Marenosta
Set in Ermoupoli, Villa Marenosta offers self-catering accommodations with a terrace and a garden. The unit is 2 mi from Saint Nicholas Church. more...
 νησί luxury apartments
νησί luxury apartments is located in Ermoupoli, a 15-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and has air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi, as well as access to a terrace. more...
 Monte Kristo Hotel
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...
 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...
Offering free WiFi and city views, ASIA is a property located in Ermoupoli, just a 20-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. 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...
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...
Located in Ermoupoli, ERRIKA features accommodations a 14-minute walk from Miaouli 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...
 Soullas apartments-[ΕΛΛΑΔΑ]
Soullas apartments-[ΕΛΛΑΔΑ] in Ermoupoli has accommodations with free WiFi, an 11-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church, 1.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli and a 16-minute walk from more...
Diana Rooms are quietly located in aristocratic Ermoupolis, just 1148 feet from the port and Miaouli Square. 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...
 Comfortable Home Ermoupolis
Located in Ermoupoli, Comfortable Home Ermoupolis features accommodations with free WiFi, within 2297 ft of Saint Nicholas Church. more...
 Ermoupolis 1834 Classic beauty
Ermoupolis 1834 Classic beauty features free WiFi and views of city in Ermoupoli. The property is allergy-free throughout and is located a 3-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church. 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...
 Naves Suites
Naves Suites is located in Ermoupoli, a 15-minute walk from Miaouli Square. more...
Featuring a balcony with sea views, and a garden and a terrace, ALMA LIBRE SYROS can be found in Ermoupoli, close to Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli and 1.6 miles from Lotos Beach. 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...
 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...
 Locadiera Pansion
Offering a sun terrace and Aegean Sea views, Locadiera Pansion is located in the heart of Ermoupoli in the Syros Region, 1640 feet from Saint Nicholas Church. Free WiFi is provided throughout. more...


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