Symi Spring Holiday

After a week of squally weather and thundershowers Symi is enjoying a brief sunny interlude before the next front arrives on Saturday. With mild temperatures and lengthening days the island’s vegetation is growing at an amazing rate. Anyone venturing out for a walk between showers cannot fail to return with bunches of delicately scented pale pink cyclamens. Indigo blue lupins and scarlet poppies are unfurling in the sunny spots and ribbons of small white daisies and flowering garlic edge the verges. Silvery pink asphodels poke up through the rocky slopes and everywhere there is the sound of munching as the sheep do what sheep do best. For those of you coping with winter snow and floods, you can take a 5 minute Symi spring holiday by clicking here and joining Symidream for a walk in the Pedi valley. Yes, it really is like that – when it isn’t raining.
Down in Yialos the annual preparations for the season have begun. With Easter so early this year everyone is off to an early start despite the weather. There is much wrestling with swollen doors and shutters as businesses that have been closed since October are assessed by the owners and job lists drawn up. Carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers and metal workers are psyching themselves up for the frenzy that is March. February is a hard month in the islands and there are many who will be glad to be back at work after a month or so of drinking coffee in Pachos and watching the rain come down.

The Symi II is making a trip to Datca tomorrow. It was supposed to make this trip last Saturday but gale force winds prevented the Symi II from ever leaving Rhodes. The usual Datca excursion boats, the Triton and the Poseidon, are both still on the hard in Harani, being repainted and prepared for inspection for licenses for the forthcoming season, as are the water taxis. Apart from a few fishing boats and the occasional ferry or naval patrol Yialos is empty at this time of the year and it will be some weeks yet before cruising boats pulling out of Turkish marinas after the winter start to call into Symi before heading off into the Aegean and Mediterranean
Have a good weekend.



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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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