Clear Warm Waters

It is a bustling spring day on Symi. Day trippers licking ice creams saunter past below my window and the stack of empty beer crates outside Pachos grows steadily higher. There are three excursion boats in Symi harbour today. With temperatures in the mid to high twenties it is quite busy round at NOS beach and Nimborio as locals and visitors revel in the clear warm waters of the Mediterranean. The road to Nimborio is still in the process of being surfaced and is closed every so often to allow another section of concrete to set but according to the workers it should all be finished by the end of May. The surface should be better without the alarming holes and corrugations that made travelling along the old dirt track a nerve-wracking experience for new visitors but the spectacular vistas as the road winds its way along the cliffs remain. In the meantime the old pedestrian route over the top, via Drakounta and St George is seeing a lot more use as locals and visitors take the high road for their afternoon swim.

Pedi Bay is still quiet. Apart from the occasional yacht passing through it is very peaceful indeed, as can be seen from the photographs. Work on the marina came to a standstill in December and is unlikely to resume for some time due to lack of funds. In the meantime locals use the unfinished pier for fishing and the cats for sunning themselves. As there are no bollards or other securing points it is not possible for boats to tie up to it, even temporarily.

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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