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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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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...
 Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment
Ermoupoli, Syros Mary's Apartment is an apartment with a terrace centrally located in the city of Ermoupolis, just 328 feet from the center and the port. Miaouli Square is 984 feet away. 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...
 Helen's Apartment
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Helen's Apartment is located in Ermoupoli. The property has city and mountain views, plus is 2.7 miles from Saint Nicholas Church. 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...
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...
 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...
 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...
Located in Ermoupoli, ERRIKA features accommodations a 14-minute walk from Miaouli Square. more...
 Central 9 Rooms
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...
 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...
 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...
 Naves Suites
Naves Suites is located in Ermoupoli, a 15-minute walk from Miaouli Square. 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...
 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...
 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...
Located in Ermoupoli, within 1969 feet of Saint Nicholas Church and 0.8 mi of Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, MOLLY's HOUSE offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. more...
 En Ermoupoli
Just 328 feet from Miaouli Square, the neoclassical En Ermoupoli offers air-conditioned accommodations with views over Ermoupoli Town. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. more...
Diana Rooms are quietly located in aristocratic Ermoupolis, just 1148 feet from the port and Miaouli Square. more...
 Axilleion Guest House
Achilleion is set in an 1880’s neoclassic building. With a central location opposite the Syros Industrial Museum, the traditional guest house offers uniquely styled rooms with town and port views. 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...
 Soullas Aparments
Soullas Aparments, a property with a garden, is located in Ermoupoli, a 12-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church, 1.5 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, as well as a 17-minute walk from more...
 city apartment
Located in Ermoupoli, 1.7 miles from Saint Nicholas Church and a 10-minute walk from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, city apartment provides air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free more...
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...


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