>> Monday, August 11, 2014 – accommodation in August, August bank holidays, August weather, booking holidays, Chorio, Symi in August, Symi's famous amphitheatre harbour
|The row of traditional cafes and tavernas adjoining the Syllogos Square in Chorio. This is the main square and meeting point in Chorio and a popular venue for events such as the Symi Shrimp Festival.|
|This mansion on the square is in the process of being restored. If you ever go past and the door is open, glimpse inside as it has a very imposing staircase. Proper internal staircases are unusual in Symi houses.|
|The main shopping street at the top of the Kali Strata, running from the Syllogos Square up towards upper Chorio. Here you will find a baker, a butcher, a dress shop, a shoe shop, a gyros bar, a taverna, a supermarket, a toy shop...|
|Pomegranates and an interesting pediment in Chorio, in a lane near the bus stop/kiosk/clinic.|
|Birds on a lintel on the Kali Strata.|
|We see all sorts of boats in Yialos. The two blue tugs, one large, one small, are part of the harbour construction project. The white one appears to have been converted for leisure use as it has a covered after deck with dining table and chairs.|
|Reflections in Yialos.|
Friday is a religious and bank holiday in Greece and this week is the busiest of the year as so many people take their holidays at this time. All of our houses and apartments are full now and anyone who arrives on Symi without prebooked accommodation may well find themselves in trouble. Symi was never the sort of place really where people met the boats advertising rooms to let on bits of cardboard and with the enforced legislation now making it very difficult and expensive for locals to comply with the bureaucracy required to let out rooms, the informal budget sector has completely disappeared. As the hotels on the island are small they fill up quickly and the majority of the accommodation is in restored traditional houses within the community so the supply of beds is limited. Those in the know book well ahead, often a year in advance to be sure of getting the house they want. We will be open for booking for 2015 in October if you would like to be sure of booking your dream holiday on Symi next year.
Have a good week.