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Symi - The interior and the North of the island - to the East

The main north/south road continues towards Panormiis, passing a turning for the Panaghia Stilou (8km). Shortly after, the monastery of Aghios Konstantinos (which has 19th century wall-paintings) is on the left, while across the valley from it, the clear, raised, serpentine line of the former flagstone road is visible winding up the opposite slope to the west. At 11km, a narrow road is signed left to Chames and Kampiotissa and descends rapidly into an inhospitably rocky landscape. By following this turning you come at the top of the subsequent rise to the 13th century church of Aghios Ioannis Pro dromos Sagria marked by two large ilex trees: its interior has paintings in poor condition. Just beyond and around the corner, on the rise to the right of the road, are clear signs of ancient construction, probably the base of what was an impressively large Hellenistic fortified building. There has been some later building on top—a shepherd’s house, winnowing areas, etc.—but the lower level shows a clear rectangular base with finely interlocked blocks, best preserved on the west, north and east sides. The position dominates the whole valley. On the top of the peak to the east of here are the remains of a mediaeval fort. A kilometre and a half further down this road (past impressively folded rock-formations to the left) is the small nunnery of the Panaghia Kampiotissa (no longer functioning). This is a remote and peaceful place: the small vaulted chapel has a venerable carved door, and an inlaid stone floor.


Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.



Symi Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.


access

Symi Island, Greece.

 

The island has no airport, and only three or four ferry services a week from Piraeus (16 hrs). Access is easy from Rhodes, however, where there is a selection of fast daily (c. 1 hr) services by hydrofoil (Aigli), and catamaran (Dode kanisos Express), or by regular ferry (Symi I and II): these are all managed by ANES Co., T. (Rhodes) 22410 37769; (Symi) 22460 71444. F/B Kalymnos runs local routes to Kos, Kalymnos, Astypalaia, Rhodes and Kastellorizo, once a week
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eating

Symi Island, Greece.

 

On the south waterfront of Gialós are two good eateries of quite different character: Mythos serves ambitious variants on traditional Greek dishes—mostly imaginative and successful (especially with simpleredients such as courgettes and aubergines): both chef and wine-list are acclaimed. Further out along the same waterfront is Dimitri, for those seeking a simple, unostentatious mezedopoleion, serving fresh fish mezes, expressly prepared. Similar in style, Meraklis (set back from the port near the Metropoli tan Church of Aghios Ioan nis) has good home-cooked dishes that are less specifically fish-oriented.
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further reading

Symi Island, Greece.

William Travis, Bus Stop Symi, Readers Union, Newton Ab bot, 1973.
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lodging

Symi Island, Greece.

Historic, with painted ceilings and delightful views from the rooms, the Hotel Les Catherinettes (T. 22460 72698 & 71671) on the north water front of the harbour (close to where the ferries dock) is not expensive, but the comfort is basic and the balconied rooms can be noisy at night. Garden Studios (T. 22460 72429)—quiet, in a Symiot house surrounded by a garden—are set some way back from the southwest corner of the harbour; just beyond this, Opera House Hotel is similar in concept, but is larger and less intimate (T. 22460 72035). Both have comfortable studio apartments at moderate price. More expensive and stylish is the Hotel Aliki (Apr–Oct only) in a restored mansion on the south waterfront (T. 22460 71655), with a pleasant roof terrace. Monastic lodgings can be arranged at the Monastery of Panormítis in the south of the island (T. 22460 71354).Symi Travel Guide

practical info

Symi Island, Greece.

856 00 Symi: area 57sq. km; perimeter 88km; resident population 2594; max. altitude 617m. Port Authority: 22460 71205. Travel and Information: 22460 71397, www.symi-island.com
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