Symi holidays

Compare 40+ trusted brands

Find your perfect holiday or hire car

ATOL protected

Book your holiday with confidence

Part of MoneySuperMarket

Saving you money for more than 15 years

Covid-19 secure

Find flexible bookings with our partners

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.

Travel Information




Euro (€)

Average flight time(from London)

4 hrs (Rhodes) plus ferry
We compare millions of holidays from the UK’s leading travel companies
jet2holidays logotui logoeasyjet-holidays logolove-holidays logolast-minute logoexpedia logoon-the-beach logo

Latest travel tips and advice


How to do the Greek islands with kids

Going Greek this summer? From choosing the right island to picking a hotel that suits the whole family, we reveal how to get the best out of Greece on your next holiday.

Read moreabout How to do the Greek islands with kids

Secret Greece: How to escape the tourist trail

Read moreabout Secret Greece: How to escape the tourist trail

How to do the Greek islands on a budget

Read moreabout How to do the Greek islands on a budget
Read more from the blog

More holiday options

Take a look at these top destinations...

Get your travel essentials sorted for less


Fly away with an incredible deal. Search and compare a huge range of airlines today.

Compare Flights

Car Hire

Finding the right wheels is much more than getting the cheapest price. Compare a range of car rentals.

Compare Car Hire

Travel Insurance

Make sure you find the right cover. Compare a range of comprehensive travel insurance policies.

Compare Travel Insurance


Get from A to B hassle free with an affordable transfer. Compare a range of options and save.

Compare Transfers


Whether you’re after boutique in Berlin or affordable in the Algarve, the right hotel is just a comparison away.

Compare Hotels


Make sure your ride is safe and secure while you’re away. Compare a range of airport parking deals.

Compare Parking