The Most Perfect of Weather

There's something interesting going on with the windows of the house on the right.

If you would like to wake up to this view this August, please contact us.

Symi is as famous for its steps as it is for its beautiful 19th century neo-classical architecture.  

Train-spotting Symi style.  Symi town hall's controversial 'choo choo' train as it passes the police station in Yialos, en route to Nimborio.  It is currently offering 40 minute tours of scenic Symi, departing from the town square.  

The Aegean Rally is in town.

Symi continues to steam with humidity levels reminiscent of my old home town, Durban.  Yesterday I emptied the bucket from the office air conditioner three times whereas in July it barely filled in a day.  The past two afternoons there have been big storm clouds looming over Turkey and the growl of distant thunder rumbling away. There have been reports of a few rain drops over Rhodes on Wednesday.  It was this kind of August weather that had everyone worrying about the Athens Olympics in 2004 as the stadium was roofless. That year, however, Athens did not have an August downpour and the events took place in the most perfect of weather.

This weekend the Symi Women’s Association is putting on an evening of traditional Greek and Symiot dances.  There are also the traditional name day celebrations at Megalo Sotiris, the roadside monastery just before the road descends to Panormitis.  Over at Toli Bay there is the Saturday night bouzouki at Daphne’s taverna and on the Pedi road Bloom is also offering live music.  Despite the lack of an official Symi Festival from the town hall this year there is still plenty going on on the island, and a lot of it is free.  Just keep an eye open for posters and flyers on lamp posts and an ear open for announcements over the town’s tannoy system.

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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