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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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 Central 9 Rooms
Central 9 Rooms, Ermoupoli
Located in Ermoupoli, 984 feet from Saint Nicholas Church, Central 9 Rooms features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms come with a TV and a kettle. more...
 1901 Hermoupolis
1901 Hermoupolis, Ermoupoli
Just 984 feet from Syros Port, 1901 Hermoupolis offers accommodations in Ermoupoli. Guests can enjoy the hammam and the on-site bar. more...
 Homey
Homey, Ermoupoli
Located 200 yards from Saint Nicholas Church, Homey has accommodations in Ermoupoli. Complimentary WiFi is provided. more...
 Ethrion
Ethrion, Ermoupoli
Set on a pedestrian street in a historic location, the family-run Ethrion is 492 feet from Ermoupolis Port and the main square. more...
 Diogenis Hotel
Diogenis Hotel, Ermoupoli
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...
 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...
 Syros Central - Holiday Apartment Rental
Syros Central - Holiday Apartment Rental, Ermoupoli
Syros Central - Holiday Apartment Rental is located in Ermoupoli, 400 yards from Saint Nicholas Church, and a terrace and a shared lounge are available on-site. more...
 Aktaion
Aktaion, Ermoupoli
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...
 Veranda Syros House
Veranda Syros House, Ermoupoli
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...
 Esperance 1
Esperance 1, Ermoupoli
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...
 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...
 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...
 Villa Thalassographia Syros
Villa Thalassographia Syros, Ermoupoli
Located in Ermoupoli, a few steps from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.8 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, Villa Thalassographia Syros offers free WiFi, a terrace and air conditioning. more...
 Villa Marenosta
Villa Marenosta, Ermoupoli
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...
 Sarris Planet
Sarris Planet, Ermoupoli
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...




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