The island of Symi (Simi), Greece is a beautiful place to enjoy the Greek sun. The great barren horseshoe of hills that surround the port are dramatically eye-catching, covered in unique houses, usually build in three-stories, dating back from Symi’s wealthier days. Self catering Symi villas are an idyllic base for holidays of pure relaxation, looking out across the sea and enjoying all that is best about life in the sun. Far from the crowds of mass tourism, Symi has retained its traditional Greek feel, and is an absolute delight to visit.
The port is filled with tiny fishing boats and little speed boats which bob up and down, glistening in the sun. Boats are easy to hire from a self catering Symi villa, allowing you complete freedom for finding a secluded little beach on which to relax, peaceful spots in which to swim or fish and sheltered bays from which to go ashore and walk in the unspoilt countryside of the island.
There is much to see in Symi, Greece, and there are many ways to travel the island. Cars, boats and motorbikes can all be hired, as well as bicycles. There are a great number of marked trails for both walking, riding and driving across the island, taking you to the main settlements, Pedi, Nimborio and Marathounda, which are all smaller than the main port on Symi, Yialos (Symi Town). The highest point on the island, Mount Vigla, is easily climbable, and there are some truly breathtaking views across the Tyhrrenian Sea and the Greek Islands.
The huge Symi Festival, which lasts from July right through until September, is a hugely important event in Symi, and you will not be able to miss the vast range of dance, open air cinema, theatrical and classical concerts and events that occur most evenings. During this period, culture is wonderfully engrossing, and the great little restaurants that adorn the four villages serve the very best of traditional cuisine throughout the year. Fish is, of course, a huge part of the menu, and lunches are never rushed.
If you have a few hours to explore Rhodes between your flight and ferry, it is a wonderful idea to get out and explore. Rhodes is a beautiful island, and one of the most popular with Greek tourists. The scenery is superb, the ancient monuments truly awe-inspiring and the water sports thrilling, but for those who wish to relax and enjoy a little culture, some of the finest restaurants in the Greek Islands can be found here.
Symi, Greece is quite easily reached from the UK, with passenger, car and hydrofoil ferries arriving into Symi Port, (one of the most beautiful in Greece) with great regularity from Rhodes where the closest airport is located. Rhodes Airport (RHO) receives direct flights from a surprising range of British airports, the greatest range being provided by First Choice Airways, ThomsonFly and Thomas Cook Airways.