A few years ago one of the British newspapers described Symi as a place where Easter comes with a Bang! This still applies and those visitors who came expecting something more than hot cross buns and foil wrapped chocolate bunnies were not disappointed. The municipal celebrations on Easter Sunday included lambs spit roasted in the town square, traditional dancing and a fire work display. The 'Guy Fawkes' character in the out and about photos is Judas who is burned in effigy on Easter Sunday afternoon.

As Easter Sunday fell on St George's Day this year, all the Georges, and anyone else whose name day fell in Lent, celebrated on Easter Monday (known as Bright Monday here). Quite a lot of businesses are still closed today and the harbour is fairly quiet as the weekenders have now departed.

Weather wise it is typical changeable April stuff with everything from mud rain and sandstorms to clear but chilly breezy conditions like today. Temperatures are between 18 and 22 degrees so it is worth finding a sunny spot out of the wind. The long range forecast shows another plume of sand welling up out of Africa and heading this way later in the week.

Have a good week.


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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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