The Small Island of Symi

The first water taxi in the water in Yialos but it will be some weeks yet before the beach tavernas open
and the water taxi service starts.

Yialos - the head of the harbour showing the customs house.  Spiti Grand Helene and Villa Iris are on the hill to the right.

A lone fishing boat heads out to sea.

It is a mild spring day on the small island of Symi and the sand storm that buffeted Greece mid-week seems to have blown away to Turkey and beyond. A cool breeze is blowing through the harbour and the Dodecanese Express has just arrived on a tourist excursion, bringing a large group of day trippers across from Rhodes.  As the Proteus’ day trips came to an abrupt halt this week with a rope around the propeller the shop keepers in the harbour were relieved to see some customers.  The summer ferry situation has yet to be resolved but the talk in the harbour this morning was that Mr Spanos, the founder of Dodecanese Seaways, was coming over personally today to talk to the town hall.  We hope that some sort of agreement is reached quickly so that schedules can be published and visitors can make their travel plans without a lot of guesswork.

The first water taxi has returned to her berth below our office window – a sure sign that the summer season is not far away now.  The island is still very quiet, though, as can be seen from these photographs.

Have a good weekend.


Daisies everywhere.

Even the graffiti-clad rocks outside the high school have turned into a spring garden.

Making the most of the poppies before they all fade away.

A spot of sign writing on the Proteus, before the unfortunate rope around the propeller incident.

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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.

Adriana Shum

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