Symi Visitor Views and Other News

The harbour cats like to use the balcony railing as a convenient link between the roofs on either side of us.  It is not often, however, that they run into Sandouri, the Symi Visitor mascot.  The cat brazened it out.

Globe artichokes are splendidly ornamental, particularly if I forget to pick them in time, before the hairy chokes start to form inside.  By the following day, splendid giant purple thistles had opened up.

Symi is now definitely open for business.

In theory architectural gems like Symi are not supposed to have visible cables.  In reality there isn't the money to raise historic lanes and steps in order to conceal them so Symi's skyline is a tangle of cables and poles.  They are an unavoidable part of the island's urban landscape,

Day-trippers from Rhodes visit Yialos between 11 and 3 most days during the summer.  Visitors staying on the island are usually miles away by that time, enjoying themselves on a round the island boat trip or basking on a picturesque beach.

The recent showery weather has perked up the trees and the island is still remarkably green.

Cats aside, the view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation balcony is becoming more interesting with more yachting activity.

A different view of the Kali Strata today, from about half way down, where it widens briefly into an open square which would probably have been something of a meeting place once upon a time.
It is the last Monday in May and it looks as though we may have more thundershowers this afternoon and evening.  We have had lots of sprinkles this May, all of them unusually clean bearing in mind that usually rain in April and May in this part of the world is of the dusty Saharan variety rather than cleansing showers.

Symi came third in the Youth Football Tournament at Camber Sands, England.  For videos of the prize giving, please see our Facebook page.  Well done, boys - and all the mums, grandmothers and the rest of the support team that got them there and will bring them safely home again.

As it is Symi Visitor Accommodation's 20th birthday this June (yes, it really is 20 years!) we are offering last minute discounts on June and July bookings of 5 nights or more.  Please email us on to find out about availability and rates. Remember to let us know how many people you are, the ages of any children and if anyone in the party has any mobility issues as Symi has lots and lots of steps!  We look forward to hearing from you.

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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