Syros, the goddess of the Aegean sea
Right at the heart of the Cyclades, Syros island is the ideal destination all year round. Syros is a populous and cosmopolitan island with a strong social and cultural identity. There is a daily connection to Piraeus, Lavrio, the rest of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the islands of the East Aegean. Syros is also connected to Athens and Thessaloniki by plane.
The neoclassical Hermoupolis, the medieval town of Ano Syros, the dainty beaches, the chapels, the picturesque settlements of Apano Meria and the mainland, all offer beautiful alternations of the natural surroundings of this place.
The decent street network can take you around the island’s sights easily. The southern part of the island features a well-developed tourism infrastructure, while the northern part boasts quiet surroundings of wild natural beauty with the scent of thyme taking over your senses. For all you hiking aficionados, the island’s villages are connected with hiking paths.
The villages of Kini, Galissas, Vari, Agathopes, Megas Gialos, Foinikas, Achladi and Azolimnos, all boast organized beaches and hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. Santorinioi, Fabrika, Kokkina, Delfini and Komito are all equally beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and golden sand.
Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades
Hermoupolis is the majestic capital of the Cyclades with its neoclassical buildings, the cobbled streets, the cosmopolitan port, the picturesque Miaouli square, the imposing City Hall, the unique theatre, the magnificent churches and its quaint neighbourhoods. Since the 19th century, Hermoupolis has been an administrative, industrial, marine and commercial centre of great cultural activity, where Syros’ heart is beating even to date.
A town of exceptional beauty, with buildings combining the romanticism of the West with ancient Greek elements, Hermoupolis has several special spots unique to Syros among the islands of the Cyclades.
Interesting sights: the Town Hall, Apollon Theatre, the Orthodox churches of Agios Nikolaos, Metamorphosi and Koimisi, with the latter hosting a famous painting of Dominikos Theotokopoulos, the Industrial Museum with a collection reflecting the island’s industrial history, the cemetery of Agios Georgios with the famous sepulchral monuments, the Cyclades Art Gallery and art exhibition and concert venues.
Ano Syros, the citadel of Syros
Each house, each church is a 700-year-old monument. Ano Syros is a medieval settlement built on one of the two hills towering over Hermoupolis. Picturesque alleys, roofed arcades, endless stairs, small courtyards and low, whitewashed houses are all characteristic of this small town, of “Chora” like its residents used to call it in the past and in the words of the lord of rebetiko from Ano Syros, Markos Vamvakaris.
Interesting spots: the Catholic cathedral of Agios Georgios with its precious archives, the museum of Markos Vamvakaris with his personal items, the traditional professions’ exhibition, the entrance to Ano Syros known as “Piatsa” and the main street that runs through the settlement where we find exhibition rooms and small shops and taverns with a wonderful view of the port of Hermoupolis.