The Delights of Symi

It is another sparkling blue and white September day on Symi and the day tripper boats are rattling anchors in Yialos harbour. A cool northerly breeze is tugging at the flags and the Gorgona is rocking gently on her mooring in the swell. The walking season is well under way and coming down the Kali Strata this morning I was overtaken by earnestly booted hikers armed with walking poles and rucksacks heading for Nimborio ‘over the top’. Yialos, Harani , Pedi and Nimborio have been full of yachts over the past few days as a strong northerly wind in the Aegean has encouraged sailors to sample the delights of Symi rather than slog to windward in an evil Mediterranean chop. Last night Pedi bay looked like a floating village with all the twinkling riding lights and the captain of the water boat had to do some slick work at the helm to pick his way through the throng.

September has always been a popular month with the island’s regular visitors and this year is no exception, despite the poor exchange rate and ‘credit crunch’. Visitors may be taking shorter holidays but for many a ‘Symi fix’ is an essential rather than a luxury, an opportunity to relax, resume old friendships and make new ones and many Symiots are grateful for their loyal support in a difficult year.

Today’s photographs were taken from the balcony of Symi Visitor Accommodation. Power lines across the view are very much a characteristic of modern Symi. Perhaps one day the prohibition on overhead lines will be enforced by the Archaeologia, with all the disruption that that will inevitably entail, but in the meantime we have grown accustomed to having lines and cables swooping across the view.

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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