The great thing about this island is that it has everything a Greek island
should have: nice beaches, taverns and bars, but it has not been too
adjusted to tourism. The reason is that it is the administrative centre of
the Cyclades, so the economy is doing well enough for people not to be too
desperate for tourism.
It also has the for Greece very unusual characteristic that half the
populations is Catholic. Despite the fact that the island is very harsh,
people grow vegetables, make wine and breed animals. They also build ships
and make cloth, the shipyards of Syros is one of the most important factors
that help the economy of the island. Syros is also famous for its loukoumia
(the Greek version of the Turkish delight sweets) that are exported to
Greece and many countries. Syros is the main administrative island of the
Cyclades prefecture and the island is a very popular holiday destination for
Greeks and foreign tourists.
History:Syros has been inhabited
since the stone age. We do not know which was the first people to settle
here, but it could have been Phoenicians.
the island and called it Siriin.
Legend has it that the first inhabitant, Keraunus ("Lightning"), came to the
island riding on the back of a dolphin after his ship had sunk.
On Syros the oldest acropolis in the Cyclades have been found.
The most striking feature of the island is the Venetian influence. Just like
most of the Cycladic islands, the Venetians came here in the beginning in
the 13th century, and were to stay until the Turks took over in the 16 the
What to See The capital
Ermoupolis, or Queen of the Cyclades, is pretty which many neoclassic buildings
situated in an amphitheatrical way. On the square is a statue of the freedom
hero admiral Andreas Miaouli.
The Apollo Theatre in Ermoupoli is a mini copy of La Scala in Milan. The town
also has very interesting churches, for example Agios Demetrius, Treis
Hierarches and Ag Nikolas. There is also an archaeological museum as well as an
You should also try to get to Ano Syros, a small village in medieval style. Here
you can visit the Catholic Cathedral of St George and the monasteries of the
Jesuits and Capucins from the 18th and 17th century respectively a little
further away. Here is also a museum dedicated to Markos Vamvakaris, a composer
of traditional Rebetika music. There are music festivals every summer in this
At Halandriani and Kastri there are archaeological excavations where Neolithic
settlements have been found.The stalactite cave Agios Stefanos is also worth a
The most striking feature of the island is the Venetian influence. Just as in
most of the Cycladic islands, the Venetians came here in the early 13th century,
and stayed until the Turkish invasion of the 16th century. As a result many
people of Syros are Catholics.
What to Do
: There are water sports in many beaches on the island. You must not miss
the sunsets from Syros. In Ermoupolis you go for walks, admire the
buildings as the Town Hall building, the Miaouli Square, the theatre and
the public library. In Ermoupolis there is also a summer cinema.
The coasts on the South and West side are generally
considered to have the best beaches. Galissas beach is a
very beautiful sand beach, Vari, Finikas Bay and Gialos
are also popular beaches without being overcrowded. It
is worth trying a few of them. For families with
children Ag Nikolaos, Ermoupolis and Ambela are
Nighttlife: Most of the nightlife
is situated in Ermoupolis. There are lots of bars and clubs there, but
the partying is more relaxed than on the "wilder" islands.
Food Most taverns are in Ermoupolis, and
you can enjoy both Greek and Italian food here. There are also places to eat
at Galissas, Poseidonia and Kini for example. The St Michali cheese is a local
specialty, and there is also Syrian wine. Give the local sweets like
loukoumia, mastihi, halvadopites, a try as well
Shopping:There are many shops
in Ermoupolis, and you'll be able to find everything
from modern clothes to souvenirs, ceramics and rugs.
Getting Around There are good
connections to many of the villages and beaches through the local buses.
There are also taxis, and places to rent a vehicle.
Getting There:The closest
airport for charter flight is on Mykonos, and from there you can get the
ferry boat which takes about 1 hour. It is a good idea to stay on
Mykonos the last night, in case of bad weather. Usualy the best way is
to get to Syros is by ferry from Piraeus, almost all ferries to Cyclades
and some for the Dodecanese stop in Syros.
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| Size: 86km2
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 20000
||Local code: 22810
|Cash machine ATM: Yes
||Port Police: 28888
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|Price rate: Average
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