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Why go to Symi

Picturesque and peaceful, holidays to Symi are full of visits to secluded beaches, plates of excellent Greek food and shopping in chic boutiques. If a slice of laid-back island life sounds good to you, plan a trip to Symi to relax and unwind.

The first thing you’ll notice as you sail towards Symi’s harbour – you can’t fly to the island – is its collection of beautiful, brightly coloured neoclassical houses with terracotta roofs that cling onto the hillside. As there are regular ferries to Symi – most holidaymakers opt to arrive via Rhodes – the island can be quite busy with day-trippers in peak season. But, in the evenings, you’ll enjoy a much quieter setting.

Travelling by ferry, you’ll arrive into Gialos (or Yialos) where you can relax waterside in a taverna watching boats bobbing on sparkling, clear water. This is the gateway to Symi Town, the bustling port at the heart of the island. It’s divided into two areas – harbourside Gialos and Chorio. Chorio is the higher part of town on the slopes and is generally less crowded than Gialos. To get there, embrace a challenging climb up 500 steps, through cobbled streets, to see glorious Gialos and the sparkling sea stretching out below. You’ll find attractive churches and the ruins of a castle here.

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Average flight time(from London)

4 hrs (Rhodes) plus ferry
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