Clearing from this Afternoon

This is proving to be the wettest September for many years. Regular visitors to Symi have been astonished to see their favourite island in the conditions normally mentioned on these pages in the depths of winter. By 8 o’clock this morning we had already had 52 mm of rain for the month, and that was before the downpour shown in the accompanying photograph which hit Symi at about 9 a.m. Fortunately the weather should be clearing from this afternoon and no showers are expected for the next few days.

The ferry service has been another source of frustration for visitors this week. The Aegli hydrofoil broke down on Monday and as at time of writing it is still unclear whether it will be back in operation by the weekend. Then the Symi II had to do a medical evacuation on Wednesday night and failed to return, leaving at least 60 visitors stranded on Symi early on Thursday morning, most of them with planes to catch. Fortunately Wendy Wilcox of Symi Visitor Accommodation was able to help not just our own visitors but also other travelers by chartering alternative transport to rush them to the airport as well as rescheduling flights for those who had already missed their connections. For some visitors it was an exciting, if nerve-wracking, end to a Symi holiday.

Have a peaceful weekend.


kostas  – (Saturday, September 27, 2008)  

I have been there twice,very beautiful island a real great place for summer, ONLY!
I think not only Symi but all the islands are only for summer.
Have a nice weekend.Rain is a blessing gift,not forget it.
Regards from a rainy Thessaloniki.

Anonymous –   – (Monday, September 29, 2008)  

I'm off to Symi this Wednesday for 3 weeks, and looking forward to seeing the island somewhat greener than it usually is in October. And if there are more autumn flowers - better still!

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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.

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