Symi is Sizzling

The view from the terrace at Villa Iris. The bright bougainvillea in the foreground is Spiti Grande Helene. The opposite hillside is the Kali Strata side of the harbour and various Symi Visitor Accommodation properties are found on its slopes. These include Villa Voyatzis and Lemonitissa studio and apartment near Lemonitissa church on the right, all the way across to Villa Cassandra, Villa Rose and Pitini House below the windmills on the far left.  The water taxis leave from the head of the harbour visible in the picture and the white awnings shade a wide range of cafes and places to eat while watching the boats
Symi is sizzling under unseasonably high temperatures and even Lindos on Rhodes reported a high of 39 degrees this week. The heat wave will be relieved by brisk north-westerly winds this weekend which have already done something to shift the heavy humidity that has hung over the region for days. The exceptional heavy rain at the end of May combined with the heat made Symi far more humid than is usual for this time of year. The rest of Greece is also experiencing summer thundershowers and temperatures in the thirties.

Arriving on Symi - the view from the car deck of the Blue Star Diagoras
as she docks outside Symi Police Station in Yialos.

Symi has become perceptibly busier in the course of this week and many of the June ‘regulars’ are on the island. Old friendships are re-established over frappes and Mythos in the cafes and dinner dates are made for favourite tavernas. The water taxis are busy as Symi’s beach life is now in full swing. Rhodes must be quite full too, judging by the number of people coming over to Symi on the day excursion boats.

Secret Entrance -the approach to The Old Markets boutique hotel
near the bottom of the Kali Strata steps.
The old wrought iron grille is the hotel's motif and logo.

There is some talk in the Greek media that the Symi Festival may not take place this year. It has been considerably diminished in recent years and this year may well not happen at all unless funding can be found. The Base Jumping event will still be taking place at St George’s this year and I have been told that they will also be giving absailing lessons which could be interesting for those who like a little excitement on their holidays.

Have a good weekend.



Jackie  – (Saturday, June 11, 2011)  

Thank you for sharing the view with us. I think we'll like it!

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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.

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