Bright and Busy

It is a bright and busy sunny day on Symi. The day boats have just come in from Rhodes and reps bearing brightly coloured parasols and clipboards aloft are herding tour parties round the harbour. The murmur of voices wafting up through my window covers most of the languages of the EU and Europe, including some that I do not recognise.  While Western Europeans are still feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, the Eastern Europeans are enjoying the delights of foreign travel and Greece is high on their list of must-see destinations.

Yesterday I went round to Nimborio.  The taverna is now open and the taxi boat connecting Nimborio with Yialos is up and running.  Most of the summer houses out there are still closed up though as the owners are usually July and August visitors.  The small sandy beach on the corner below the Niriides is very popular with Symiot families who don’t mind the lack of facilities.  Tourists are more inclined to go to the taverna and make the most of sunbeds and Greek salads.   Further along the shore line is rough shingle and the sea swirls right up to the walls of the houses in the winter.

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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