Symi in September

According to my rain gauge, Symi received 25 mm of rain in the early hours of Sunday morning. That is about an inch for those readers who are not metricated and quite a lot more than the normal rainfall for Symi in September which is usually more like 5 mm if that. Fortunately the downpour did not last very long and the rest of Sunday was fine with just the occasional passing cloud, much to the relief of the Spalding family who were celebrating young Harry’s christening up at Agios Thannasis. (A detailed account of this joyful event can be found on

More showers are expected tonight and the island is already perceptibly greener. The dust of summer has been washed away, brightening the colours and freshening the air. Unsettled weather is forecast for the whole of the Mediterranean for the next few days and the satellite picture shows bands of clouds all the way from here to Gibraltar. Temperatures, however, are still mild and very pleasant. The evenings are cooler and we ate indoors last night for the first time in months, not because we had to but because we wanted to.

As you can see from the accompanying photograph, there are still plenty of yachts at anchor in Pedi. A lot of cruising yachts pass through Symi in September and October, making their way towards the marinas in Turkey and Cyprus where they intend to overwinter. Symi also sees a lot of bareboat charter yachts at this time of year, often full of businessmen on team-building expeditions. Putting six or eight work mates into the confines of a 36 foot Benetteau and bouncing them around the Mediterranean chop is something the television reality shows have yet to investigate as far as I know, but it certainly has potential!


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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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