Idyllic Greek Islands

It is the season for bright oleanders and bougainvilleas, dazzling whitewashed walls and sparkling blue seas lapping gently beneath clear indigo skies. Isolated puddles of greenery mark new shoots of hardy caper bushes on an otherwise arid Mediterranean landscape and the cicadas chirrup in the olive groves. White sails glide tantalisingly past distant horizons. Small open fishing boats putter across to Nimos in the still of the early morning, carving a chuckling wake on the open sea. Symi in July looks like all the summer postcards of idyllic Greek islands you have ever imagined.
Symi is heading for another heat wave and once again the thermometer is climbing towards 40 degrees centigrade. July is generally regarded as being the hottest and driest month in Southern Greece and there is nothing to indicate that this year’s weather will buck the trend. As the days get hotter the nights get busier and the hum of music and conversation lingers late on the warm summer air.

Here are some photographs I took out at Nimborio yesterday to whet your appetite.

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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