Local Lore

The meltemi has been blowing steadily since Thursday and if local lore is to be believed, this portends a windy winter. Be that as it may, the drop in temperatures is most welcome.

The first fortnight in August always places the most demands on the island’s infrastructure. The population effectively doubles and when this is combined with extreme heat resources are stretched. We had a power cut early on Friday morning and there has been some water rationing to different residential areas for the past fortnight as demand exceeds supply but these are normal for this time of year. The season peaks with the festivities on 15 August and after that the weather turns markedly cooler and demand for air conditioners and showers starts to tail off.

The Louis Lines cruise ship Ruby is lying off Nimos at the moment. The Aegli is just pulling in from Rhodes. Yachts are departing for a day’s meltemi-bashing and here in the Symi Visitor office preparations are nearing completion for tonight’s opening of the Daniel Spoerri on Symi exhibition. Passers by have been poking their heads round the door to look at the photographs since yesterday. The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow evening.

Have a good weekend.


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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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