A Day on Symi Island
Out of all the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is one of the most popular and beautiful that you can explore. With its fascinating history and luxurious, cosmopolitan feel, it has lots to offer the thousands of tourists that head here each year. However, if you want to enhance your trip, you might want to consider venturing to the nearby Symi Island.
Just a 40-minute ferry ride from Rhodes, the Greek island of Symi benefits from a peaceful and relaxing vibe. Here you’ll find charming architecture, miles of lush greenery and a unique island personality.
If you’re thinking of heading here during your Rhodes holiday, below, we’ll look at some of the best ways to spend a day on Symi island.
Visit the Panormitis Monastery
On the southern part of the island you’ll find the Panormitis Monastery. This 15th-century building is home to two unique museums, and it’s one of the main attractions drawing tourists onto the island.
Located right on the waterfront, it boasts a stunning exterior. The museums inside teach you everything you need to know about the island’s history. You’ll discover a fascinating library containing original Byzantine manuscripts, along with impressive folk art.
Explore Gialos Harbour and Chorio
When you arrive on Symi Island, one of the first things you’ll see is the picturesque Gialos Harbour. Considered one of the most beautiful European natural anchorages, you’ll get to explore the ruins on its hillside. Pretty streets wind their way up the hill, occupied by street cafes and houses.
Make your way up to the village of Chorio, situated just above the harbour. Here, you’ll get to explore the old castle ruins. You’ll also want to try the traditional tavernas here, which serve up tasty mezze plates.
Activities available on the island
Alongside its fascinating historic ruins and sights, you’ll also find a range of activities to keep you entertained on the island.
You can choose to hire a bike for easier exploration of the more hidden parts of the island, which include stunning chapels tucked away in the trees. In the summer months, you’ll find guided tours are available. You can also take a bus trip to Pedi Bay, where many visitors like to enjoy a picnic.
If you’re planning on taking a Rhodes holiday, visiting Symi island is a great excursion you won’t want to miss. The above are just some of the things you can do during a trip here. Ferries usually run from Rhodes to Symi four times a day. They also run to other nearby islands, such as Lipsi.
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