Purple Shadows

Another hot and sunny day on Symi is nearly over. There is a row of little hire boats bobbing off the clock tower and the gulets are jostling for space on the quay. The last tourist boats have left the graceful island of King Nireus and returned to the rough and tumble of Rhodes. A beautiful old classic motor yacht, Chrysalis, is lying alongside near the police station, proving that power can be stylish and elegant. The setting sun is throwing purple shadows on Nimos and small fishing boats are puttering out to check on nets.

Symi, Sombeki, Simi, Syme, Metapontis and Aegli - Symi has many names and spellings but there is no disputing the popularity of the island, particularly in high summer. There are the inevitable disappointments as those who have left booking their August villas to the last minute discover that finding a house that comfortably sleeps 12 people for 3 weeks in August may be easy in Tuscany but is infinitely more difficult in a small place like Symi with its compact architectural style. Neo-classical is not always synonymous with Palladian mansions, certainly not on Symi’s mountainous terrain, and even the nineteenth century mansions on the Kali Strata are not as capacious as they appear.

Have a good weekend.


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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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