Postcards from Symi in August

No matter how late the restaurants and tavernas finish, everything is cleaned up and ready to start the new day before the staff go home.  As there is no crime to speak of on the island the chairs, tables and so on are perfectly safe outside over night.

Beach balls, sunhats, swimming shoes and cool cotton beachwear - there's no need to travel with a lot of luggage to Symi as virtually everything one might need is available here at every level and to suit every budget.

Greek summer fruits sharing space with imported bananas from South America and eggs from Rhodes.

One of the most distinctive properties in Symi's famous amphitheatre harbour.

A fisherman, ignoring the bustle around him as he sorts out his nets.

Most of the beaches on Symi can only be accessed by water taxis which leave from outside our office in Yialos.

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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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