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36°35′N 27°50′E


58,1 km²


88 kms.




(+) 22460







GMT +2:00


Chorio (Ano Symi)








Symi Island is considered one of the prettiest islands in Greece. Located less than two hours from Rhodes, Symi is an authentic Greek island, steeped in history and natural beauty. It is a great place for vacation if you are looking for stunning views, clear water, history, beautiful seaside hikes and mouth-watering Greek cuisine. One thing that strikes you immediately upon chugging up to the harbor of Symi, is the way the colorful merchants' mansions seem to tumble haphazardly into the sea. In fact, it is not surprising that its small harbor is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. This little jewel of the Aegean, is filled with lots of things to do and has all the beaches you want on holiday.

Symi also boasts an abundance of nature to explore, interesting architecture and an 18th century monastery dedicated to Archangel Michael to visit. Located along a charming seaside about 19 km from Symi Town, this monastery is an important religious spot and is visited by people of all religions. Symi has interesting museums, a Venetian castle overlooking the harbor, and amazing landscapes to explore. Also a few religious and non-religious festivals to put in your calendar when visiting Symi. For adventurous and people with scuba diving experience there are shipwrecks, caverns, and reefs hidden in the depths surrounding the island. Overall, Symi is an island we would definitely recommend to put it on your itinerary next time you visit Greece. It is the best place to relax and an ideal destination for those who are interested in getting a more traditional and genuine Greek island experience.

Symi is a Greek island of the Dodecanese Island chain, located about 25 nautical miles northwest of Rhodes. Symi is the eight largest island of the Dodecanese Islands, after Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Kalymnos, Astypalea, Kasos and Tilos.

In Greek mythology, Symi is reputed to be the birthplace of the Charites and to take its name from the nymph Syme. In antiquity the island was also known as Aigli and Metapontis.

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Things to Do

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Getting Around

HOW TO GET AROUND SYMI | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Boats, Scooter / ATV

Symi is a small island and the highlights are the port area, Chorio at the top of the hill, the beaches around the island, and Panormitis monastery. The port and Chorio can be reached by foot. Although some of the beaches can be reached by road, the nicest ones are only accessible by sea. Small boats depart from Symi port and take you to those remote beaches that will take your breath away. Apart from the organized boat tours, some water taxis also operate in Symi port. In order to explore other parts of the island, you can always rent a scooter or a car. Cars and scooters can be hired from a couple of places near the port and in Pedi as well. Another way to get around Symi is by taxi or bus. The buses in Symi are a cheap and convenient way to get around the small island. Buses depart from the bus terminal next to the main Symi port. Timetables may vary by season, so make sure you know the itinerary in advance.

Weather Annually Report

On coasts and islands of central and southern Greece, where the climate is Mediterranean, winter is mild and quite rainy, while summers are sunny and hot.

On the islands, during winter the wind often blows; precipitation often occurs at night and in the early morning. On the islands, snowfalls are rare, and generally occur only in the northern ones, during the most intense cold spells.

Spring is pleasant and sunny in most of Greece. The days with some rainfall become less and less frequent. In summer, in the Aegean Sea the Meltemi, a northerly wind typical of the warmest months (July and August), often blows, and even if the sky is clear.

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Upcoming Events

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  • 08 Nov 2023

    The Feast of Michael Rukuniotis

  • 08 Nov 2023

    The Feast of Panormitis

  • 04 Jun 2024

    The feast of the Holy Trinity

  • 24 Jun 2024

    The Feast of Agios Ioannis Staphyllas