Planning Your 2018 Holidays

Yialos earlier this week.

Looking across to the Kastro and Lemonitissa church 

Symi gold.

Symi has all sorts of interesting shops, including an organic Greek food store and a tinsmith who personally crafts many of the items that he sells.

Fork in the road.  The left hand steps lead to the old kataraktis foot path up to Chorio that runs up the back of the kastro hill that you can see in the previous photograph.  This comes out in the oldest part of Chorio.

A conifer sprouting out of top of a wall at the back of Yialos.

What's that on the wall of St John's church?

A fragment of an old marble sculpture, possibly a stele  incorporated into the structure of St John's church at the back of Yialos.

Another ancient fragment on St John's bell tower.

Free range Fred struts his stuff in Chorio.

It almost rained this morning.

September is one of the loveliest months on Symi.  Not too hot.  Not too crowded.  The children are back in school and the beaches are peaceful.  The season feels as though it is drawing to a close and the ambience is relaxed and laid back.  It is not quite over though.  Next weekend marks the beginning of October and the walkers start to arrive.  Walkers, painters, photographers - they come to enjoy Symi's golden autumn light and the beginning of the island's second 'spring'. April and May, the proper spring, are glorious in their own way, with abundant wild flowers, mild temperatures and the joys of Greek Easter but October has a huge advantage - the sea is warm!  

If you are thinking about a visit to Symi next year but are afraid of Mediterranean heatwaves, consider the end of September and the first 2 weeks of October.  While the excursion boats and water taxis start to wind down in the middle of October, many other amenities such as tavernas, cafes, tourist shops and bars stay open until the Panormitis Festival on 8 November.  Now is also the time to take a look at the ferry schedules as this year's schedules for September and October are still visible on line and provide a useful guide for synchronising flights with ferries.  You can also follow our travel blog.  Andy is already putting up useful flight information for next year as it becomes available.

We are starting to take bookings now for 2018 so why not drop us a line on  Just let us know how many people you are, the ages of any children and any special requirements you might have and we will profile your booking to suit you.  You can always be sure of old-fashioned personal attention when you book through Symi Visitor Accommodation.

Have a great weekend.



Symi Views from Above

The entrance to the church yard at Stavros to Polemou, a monastery high up in the forests on the west side of the island. Photograph by Dawn Sproson.

Symi is not just Yialos, Chorio and Pedi, neo-classical architecture and pretty beaches.  It is also staggering views from mountain tops on clear days.  Photograph by Dawn Sproson

Looking towards Panormitis bay with the length of Rhodes and Halki in the distance. Photograph by Dawn Sproson.

The results of the goat cull about 10 years ago are starting to become obvious as the island slowly reforests and becomes greener. The indigenous trees are mostly conifers on these arid slopes.  Photograph by Dawn Sproson.

If you have never been up to the interior of the island, or taken a round the island trip, you may be completely unaware of just how wooded parts of Symi are. This is all indigenous natural forest.

Talking about indigenous trees, the tamarisks are starting to flower.

Sweeping the Kali Strata.

A black cat crossed my path on Wednesday.

The official name of the Kali Strata is actually Ierou Lochou after the Sacred Band, an elite Greek military unit during the Second World War who named themselves after the original Sacred Band of Thebes

Busy bees in the plumbago.
Here we are, half way through September and other year is drawing to a close.  The island is a lot quieter than usual for September, but that has been the case throughout the 2017 season.  Symi really is slipping back into become a sleepy by-water on the tourist map.

Looking out of the office balcony doors right now I can only see 4 yachts berthed on the north side of the harbour and another dawdling out past the clock tower.  The Symi Sea Dream has come in so there are a few day trippers around. The Panagia Skiadeni goes to Panormitis first on a Friday so won't be in until 1 and the Nikolaos X usually gets in around then too.  Many of the locals are up the mountain today, celebrating the name day of St Nikita and others have gone to Rhodes on the Blue Star.

There are only two days in the week when it is possible for the people of Symi to go to Rhodes for business - Wednesdays and Fridays, with the Blue Star.  As Wednesday is quite a short day because the boat leaves again at 15.00, Friday is more popular for anyone who needs to do serious shopping as well as see the tax office, accountants, lawyers, MOT and the like.  Rhodes is only 25 nautical miles away but that is a long way when one is dependent on ferries.  I haven't left Symi since May!

The weather continues warm and sunny.  Midday temperatures are around 30 degrees, dropping to around 20 at night.  The storms and rain that have affected the Western and Central Mediterranean sweep north over the Greek mainland and the Balkans.

We are still some weeks away from the first rains, even though the 'second spring' that is the Symi autumn is already under way.  Plants are less stressed and starting to grow again. The plumbago and jasmines are flowering for the second time this year, as are the tamarisks.  The squills are poking through. The plant shops will soon be selling vegetable seeds and seedlings again, ready for the moment the ground is soft enough to till.

Have a good weekend.



About this Blog

I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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