Simi is a small island in the Dodecanese, visited either for holidays or as a day excursion from Rhodes. Although Simi is visited by many people every summer, it has managed to keep its traditional manners. The most important site in Simi is the Holy Monastery of Panormitis, protector of the island. Located on the southern side of Simi, this monastery is included in the program of all boat tours from Rhodes and can also be visited by boat from Simi Town. In Simi, do not also miss a stroll at the picturesque town of Simi, called Chorio, with Medieval style and fantastic sea views.
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The Nautical Museum is located in Gialos. It hosts ship models, old maps and compasses, maritime instruments, old diving uniforms and many other items that depict the long nautical history of the island.
The Archaeological Museum of Simi is housed in an elegant Venetian mansion in the Town. The archaeological collection includes Hellenistic sculpture, ancient coins, grave offerings, and small statues. The same mansion also houses the Folklore Museum, which exhibits rare Byzantine manuscripts, musical instruments, traditional clothes, and other items.
Many wine presses have been found on the island of Simi, mainly dating from the Byzantine era. Actually, there are more than 120 presses recently discovered (in 1992) by Sarantis Kritikos, scattered all over Simi.