See Symi on an upcoming Greek holiday.
Visit the island of Symi on a Greek island adventure. Symi, located in the farthest stretches of the Aegean Sea just north of Rhodes, is an ideal place to rest and relax. Start planning a Greek holiday today, and browse HomeAway's listings of various types of properties. Located throughout Symi, holiday rentals from HomeAway are suitable for both big parties and smaller groups.
For couples, a apartment on Symi is most likely the best option. HomeAway offers a variety of apartments across the entire island. Whether one is looking for a great view or a full kitchen, or even both, HomeAway has something to offer every traveller. For larger groups, a villa on Symi may be more suitable to the group's needs. HomeAway has three villa properties on the island of Symi, all designed to house 6+ people, and equipped with a variety of amenities.
HomeAway also has several comfortable holiday homes on Rhodes, a must-see for history buffs.
Things to do
Discover the beautiful capital city of Symi, which shares its name with the island. Visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, a Greek Orthodox Monastery on the island. The war memorial is also not to be missed. Stroll through town and visit the small boutiques that line the white-washed streets of Symi.
The Panormitis monastery is located on the southern tip of Symi. The monastery sits in a beautiful location enclosed in a cove. The monastery is a large 18th-century building with the tallest baroque bell tower in the world. The building is in excellent condition, and additional structures have been added for tourist accommodations and amenities.
From July to September, the island of Symi puts on an open-air festival. This has attracted some of Greece's most well-known musicians for years, like Nana Mouskouri and Yannis Markopoulos. Musicians typically play on the main square in Yialos, the harbour in the town of Symi.
Symi Nautical Museum:
Visit the Symi Nautical Museum. The museum, founded in 1983, now resides in a neoclassical building near the shipyard. The museum includes many exhibits on sea life, but the sponge-fishing exhibit is of particular interest. Various weapons and gear are on display.
Saint George Bay:
This popular beach is secluded and only reachable by taxi boat (available from Yialos). The beach has a steep cliff that blocks sun starting mid-afternoon. The beach is truly pristine, without tavernas or facilities. Many tourists find it to be their favourite place.
Archaeological and Folklore Museum:
The Archaeological and Folklore Museum is located in the mansion of the Gianneski family. The museum, made possible by Ariadni V. Farmakidi and Sevasti N. Farmakidi, is a donation to the country of Greece. The museum exhibits pieces from the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, the Byzantine collection, and the Folklore collection
Weather in Symi
The weather on Symi is consistent with a Mediterranean climate. A phenomenon known as the Etesian winds, a wind system that is present in late summer every year, gives sailors pause during certain hours of the day. Western beaches are to be avoided at these hours. The island is otherwise sunny almost all year round, and reaches a high temperature of 30°C in summer. Winter temperatures dip down to 10°C.
Travel to Symi
The island of Symi can only be reached by ferry. Flights into the larger islands of Kos (KGS) and Rhodes (RHO) arrive daily from all over mainland Europe and the British Isles. From either of these islands, take a ferry to Symi. Car-carrying ferries and catamarans operate within the entirety of the Aegean Sea.