Relax and Enjoy Another Night

It is a surprisingly cloudy day on Symi today and thundershowers are forecast for the whole of Greece for the next 48 hours as a large area of low pressure moves slowly eastwards across Europe and the Mediterranean. It may be overcast but it certainly isn’t cold. Temperatures are pleasantly mild in the low to mid twenties at the moment with a refreshing breeze riffling across the water. For those visitors who found the recent high temperatures warmer than they are used to, today is a good day for venturing further afield on foot and there are many walkers heading for the hills, water bottles and picnics packed.

As it is a bank holiday long weekend gleaming white power boats are starting to arrive from Rhodes and Kos, jockeying for space on the quay in Yialos. They will no doubt be joined by many more this afternoon as people finish work and head for Symi. The island is a popular weekend escape for business people on Rhodes and power boats are more practical than sailing yachts in these waters. Symi is only an hour or so away from Rhodes in a motor yacht but 4 or more hours of strenuous tacking under sail on the average sailing yacht, particularly when the wind is from north as is the case today.

This morning we saw the ‘Triton’ excursion boat towing the ‘Eye of the Storm’ away from the main quay to make space for more yachts. Some of the water taxis are now operating to the beaches and the beach tavernas are starting to offer snacks and light meals as well as drinks as there are more people about.

Yesterday’s general strike in Greece did not cause any flight disruptions as flight controllers decided to cancel their industrial action rather than compound problems caused by the latest volcanic ash episode.

The following ferry information has just been faxed to us by Symi Tours concerning the Tilos Star which will fill a serious gap in the present summer schedule for Sundays. Those of you who were worried that you would have to leave on Saturday afternoon to make Sunday flights can now relax and enjoy another night on Symi. Tickets are available at Symi Tours.

Tilos Star - Sundays Only:

Depart Tilos 7.00 – arrive Symi 7.50

Depart Symi 8.00 – arrive Rhodes 8.50

Depart Rhodes 17.30 – arrive Symi 18.20

Depart Symi 18.30 – arrive Rhodes 19.20

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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