Hot Summer Nights

Greece is bracing itself for another countrywide heat wave with temperatures expected to soar into the forties once more.  Here on Symi we are now in the busiest weeks of the year and every ferry brings more people than it takes away. The hot summer nights are lively with music and dancing and the days are a whirl of shopping and beach-going.  A number of new boutiques have opened up in the harbour this summer and anyone looking for new beachwear can find garments to suit all budgets and tastes.

As Symi is so steep the houses, particularly in the harbour area, are connected by picturesque flights of steps and very few have close vehicle access.  These form quite a complex network as over the centuries householders have added and repaired bits and levels have changed.  Stairs adjoining houses that fell into disrepair during the war or due to abandonment are in a similar tumbledown state because ultimately in the residential areas the onus is on the householder to keep the access steps in good condition. Hence the fanciful paintwork and differing styles of stone and plaster work.  The town only maintains the main sections such as the Kali Strata.

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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