Still a Lively Place

It is a hot and hazy day on Symi. Occasional thunder clouds drift by and the temperature is once again hitting 30. Rain and showers are forecast for the whole of Greece but all we have had so far on Symi has been mud sprinkles and fleeting rainbows. Day trippers, fooled by the low clouds into thinking it will be a chilly day, are peeling off unwanted coats and fleeces and sunning themselves on the benches around Yialos. There’s not much movement among the water taxis and the beaches are packing away their sun beds and umbrellas for another year. In a few short weeks local boats will be hauled out on the same beaches in Pedi where visitors soaked up the summer sun in July and August.

At night there are fewer lights to be seen in the harbour as more houses are closed up for the winter and there are fewer people around. Evenings in the tavernas are cosier with more locals and fewer visitors. As you can see from the Out and About photos taken at Giorgio’s on Friday night, Chorio is still a lively place to be late in the season.

There have been significant changes to the ferry schedules as the shipping companies move towards their winter services and there are fewer boats around. For instance there is no longer an evening connection on Wednesdays, unless one waits for the big boat from Pireaus, the Ierapetra, which is currently scheduled to leave Rhodes at 10.30 p.m and passes through Symi at midnight. Extra trips to Panormitis are also being squeezed in to allow for the forthcoming festival on 8 November. Over the coming weeks more and more hawkers and stall keepers will arrive as the Panormitis Festival is as much a travelling market as a major religious event on the Dodecanese calendar.

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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