Homeric Seas

The clouds are back and the exodus has begun. The outbound ferries are full of Greeks wishing each other a good winter and Italians heading back to Milan and Rome. This does not mean, however, that summer is over. This is the point at which Symi slips into a more mellow mood. The new arrivals now tend to be couples rather than house-parties, honeymooners and those celebrating special anniversaries, couples who are visiting for the first time ever and couples who have been visiting Symi for years. Walkers and photographers are also starting to appear, keen to take advantage of the more moderate temperatures and the subtle play of light and shade across the sage-scented hills and Homeric seas.

The harbour is still full of boats of all shapes and sizes, from gin palaces to sedate gentlemen’s pleasure yachts, from generic fiberglass charter yachts to gleaming wooden gulets and caiques. The anchorages in Harani, Nimborio and Pedi are also full and at night the water becomes a floating city of twinkling lights.

Tonight the famous beach party on the island of Nimos takes place. There are posters up all round the town advertising music, mezzes and wine. The taxi boats will be shuttling party-goers across to Nimos until late in the night.

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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