The Biggest Holiday Week in Greece

This is it, the biggest holiday week in Greece, and every bed and boat in the country is booked. Symi is brimful with visitors and the water taxis have been wallowing in and out of Yialos all morning, taking the saronged throng to their favourite basking spots. The summer holiday season peaks this weekend. Friday is the Assumption bank holiday so it will be a three day long weekend for many businesses outside the tourist industry so even those who have not shut down for the first fortnight of August are likely to be closed from Thursday until the following Tuesday.

Although Athens has had summer downpours and showers are forecast in the Ionian, here on Symi it remains relentlessly sunny. The nights, however, are becoming tolerably cooler with the shortening days. Not quite time to dig out the duvet though – it is still around 28 degrees at midnight!

Meanwhile in my corner of the Pedi valley the chillies are turning red and the melons are swelling most promisingly. We are still picking a dish of cherry tomatoes a day and the basil continues to flourish. We have started digging over beds for an early planting of potatoes now that the courgettes have finished. The nuts are maturing on the almond trees and the citrus trees are covered with small immature green fruits.

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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