On the Sunny Side

The weather on Symi remains unseasonably mild. Indeed not just Greece but the whole of the Mediterranean is enjoying some late season sunshine as a large area of high pressure dominates the weather over the area. After the deluges and stormy weather that marked the end of October and first half of November this is a welcome lull before winter resumes. High humidity means low cloud, mist and heavy dewfall. The Kali Strata, the historic flight of 400 or so steps that connections the old upper village, Chorio with the harbour, Yialos, is covered with a fine bloom of bright green moss and the stones are slick in the early morning. Snails glide slowly about their business and much of the new season’s growth looks decidedly nibbled around the edges.
With the low angle of the sun and mountainous terrain many north facing properties are now in shadow for most, if not all, of the day and it is the cafes on the sunny south-facing side of the harbour that are busiest at this time of the year. In the accompanying photos of the view from my office window taken at 10.30 this morning you can see this climatic difference between one side of the harbour and the other quite clearly.

The new Symi undercover sports facility in Chorio is making great progress, as you can see from this photo. That is the Taxiarchis hotel just visible, peeping out, at the right. I am sure they will be glad when the disruption of the building work is over.


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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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