Introduction & General Information

As long as the weather is not rainy, Syros is an excellent destination no matter the season! Thanks to the island's proximity to the Greek capital and the ferry connection between Ermoupolis and Piraeus, Syros receives thousands of guests throughout the year, especially during summer and Easter.

The capital of Syros island, Ermoupolis (the town of Hermes), captivates all visitors from the moment they step on its land. Its neoclassic architecture, quaint alleys, rich history and apparent cultural elements are probably some of the reasons that explain why this town was also selected to be the capital of the whole island complex of the Cyclades.
Quite interesting is the fact that the town was formed during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. In fact, the first inhabitants were Greek refugees from Asia Minor, Chios, Psara, Crete, Thrace, and other regions that suffered from the Ottomans. Even though they were physically and mentally damaged by the brutal raids, the refugees were educated people, occupied with trade and seafaring, having connections abroad and an extensive commercial network in Europe. It didn't take long for the port of Ermoupolis to become the most crucial naval and commercial center of Greece, given the label "the bridge between West and East".

The most awe-inspiring buildings that Syros is home to are located within Ermoupolis. The imposing Town Hall at the central Miaouli Square which was designed by the German-born celebrated architect Ernst Ziller along with the stunning Apollo Theater, reminiscent of La Scala of Milan and designed by the Italian architect, are the top two points of interest on the island. Moreover, the picturesque mansions of nobles in the quarter of Vaporia, the church of Agios Nikolaos with its distinguishing blue dome and the Capuchin Monastery are equally marvelous attractions no one should skip visiting. Plus, some of the interesting museums that are situated in Ermoupoliss are the Archaeological Museum of Syros, the Vamvakaris Museum and the Industrial Museum. Last but not least, an unparalleled experience that will gift you with exceptional views at the same time is a stroll around the alleys of Ano (Upper) Syros, a settlement founded by the Venetians around 1200 which still preserved its Catholic churches and medieval architecture.

Regarding where to swim, visitors can select from many beaches, mainly partly organized and non-organized. Galissas is among the most famous ones, as it is frequently visited by families with children due to its sandy shore and clean waters. Agathopes has to be the most cosmopolitan option since the beach is organized and has azure waters. Vary, Azolimnos, and Delfini are well-known beaches, too.

Concerning where to stay, the most favored place to stay is Ermoupolis, as it is the liveliest area with the most facilities and establishments. Some accommodations are located in Ano Syros, Megas Gialos, Kini, Galissas and Vary, too. Accommodations in Syros mostly comprise 3-star hotels, studios and rooms to rent, and villas, but some luxury options are available, too.

Finally, the island's local products could not be overlooked. Syros is mainly known for its traditional sweets, which include the well-loved Syrian loukoumi and the handmade halvadopita (sweet waffle made of halva). Since both are very tasty, numerous visitors purchase them as souvenirs for their loved ones.

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