Symi's Style

The Kastro, Symi's Akropolis, as seen from Pedi bay.  Take away the electricity wires and the beach umbrellas and not much has changes in this scene in centuries.  Symi has a pleasing sense of continuity that is lacking in so many other places.

A wider view showing the sprawl of Chorio up the slopes of the Vigla on the left and the road to the harbour, Yialos, on the right.   There are very few houses along the water front in Pedi and much of the land used to be agricultural before the football field, sports field and power station were built.

The road to Panormitis shows clearly in this photograph of Pedi bay.

Looking down Nanou bay from the taverna.  

The fence is to keep the goats out rather than the people in!

Is this my best side?  One of the many small goats hanging about, working the cuteness factor at Nanou.

A Chorio cat hiding in a wall at the bus stop near Kampos supermarket.

Closed up for the season.

Many of the mansions on the Kali Strata and in Yialos have flag poles on their balconies for patriotic purposes.
The noise and bustle of August is over but the island is still humming - mainly with regulars, many of whom have been to Symi for decades.  Everyone has their favourite places, their favourite boats and their favourite watering holes.  Groups of friends get together to celebrate special birthdays and happy anniversaries.  The beaches are busy with people doing nothing much, relaxing in the sunshine.

Symi is a wonderful place for relaxing and doing nothing much in particular.  There is no feeling of obligation to become involved in frenetic water sports or other strenuous activities.  A cheerful taxi ride to a pretty beach or a convivial day out on an excursion boat followed by a pleasant evening in a traditional taverna or one of Symi's excellent bars is more Symi's style.

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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