It is definitely an island which has a lot to offer to its visitors. Syros, this beautiful Cycladic island, offers everything you can imagine for your holidays and even more. It is an island with nobility, full with museums and attractions, which you really have to visit. Moreover, the countless beaches of Syros are for all tastes. There are cosmopolitan ones, organized ones, remote and quiet beaches, with sand or pebbles, and beaches where you can do numerous sea sports. Some of the most known beaches are Agathopes, Galissas, Achladi and Megas Gialos. You can explore the natural beauties of the island and visit the attractions of Syros, such as the City Hall, the Library, the Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Miaouli Square. You will find several hotels and rooms to rent, which offer an excellent stay, while at the restaurants and taverns you will taste extraordinary local food and nice wines. Taste, also, the pastry made on the island and the dairy products. In the night in Siros you can enjoy your dinner at some traditional tavern, visit some of the several bars and clubs to dance and sing till daylight and for those who wish to try their luck, there is the Syros Casino, which opens its doors to visitors. The only certainty is, that no matter what you decide to do during your holidays in Syros, you will have an amazing time. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Syros, book your ferry tickets now.
The Syros Port
You can easily and comfortably travel by a ferry from Piraeus, Rafina and the surrounding islands to Syros. You can also book your ferry tickets online viaaktoploika.gr for a more comfortable and carefree journey. The journey from Piraeus to Syros takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes on a conventional ferry and about 2 hours on a speedboat. In the summer there are also ferry itineraries from Rafina and the journey lasts about 4 hours. The port and the capital of Syros, Ermoupoli, with its class and greatness, will enchant you at first sight. The stately houses, the City Hall, the Apollo Theater as well as its tourist infrastructure make it a true jewel.
Connection With Other Islands
Syros has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Rafina, Lavrio, Thessaloniki, Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Astypalaia, Chios, Donoussa, Folegandros, Ikaria, Ios, Kavala, Iraklia, Kea (Tzia), Kimolos, Kos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Limnos, Leros, Lesvos (Mytilini), Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Schinousa, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Fournoi, Tinos.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Syros via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Syros has got a very good transportation system which makes it an ideal destination for those who choose to use the island buses during their holidays. From very early in the morning till very late at night there are bus itineraries from and to Ermoupoli, the other provinces of Syros, the villages and the beaches. On your way out of the port, you will find the bus stop and the buses to transport you to your chosen destination. If you wish to travel faster, you can get on one of the taxis parked outside the port. The taxis and radio taxis of the island are always available. Syros has several car and motorbike rental agencies for those who wish to explore the island, the attractions and the beaches in their own vehicle. Bear in mind that Syros is busy island and if you have not made a reservation, you may find it difficult to rent a car or a motorbike, especially in the summer.
If in most of the Greek islands moving with a bus is a necessity, in Syros it's definitely an enjoyment and a cheap way, while, in some cases, it's totally free. The bus station is just beside the port, in Papagou Coast, where 13 buses serve, every half an hour, routes to every settlement in the island. For your movement in Syros City, you can take the local bus for free. You don't have to book your tickets, while routes are too frequent, while you can buy them inside the bus or from the auto-selling machine just beside the port.
The queen of the Cyclades
Imposing buildings, samples of a glorious past, neoclassical mansions, special churches, beautiful beaches, traditional villages. Is the 'queen of the Cyclades'. It's Syros! An island with cultural, shipbuilding and industrial tradition.
Here you will have a plethora of choices for activities, fun, but also your tours. The near distance from the port of Piraeus and its regular connection with it but also with the other islands of the Cyclades, makes the island very popular. It would not be exaggeration if we said that the whole city is a lively attraction-the famous Miaouli square, the imposing building of the town hall with the monumental stairs, which is the island's most famous attraction, the Apollo Municipal Theater, whose interior decoration is a miniature of Scala di Milano and the Church of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of the island with its special, blue dome and the marble details, are just some of the great points that you will admire.
A highly prestigious neighbourhood of Ermoupoli is Vaporia, to the east side of the town. Most homes in the neighbourhood are neoclassical mansions, with towering form, sophisticated decoration and marble investments, while overlooking the sea is captivating. In general, the tour of the island is full of surprises, as it is characterized by the alternations of its landscapes. As one crosses the hinterland, notes the barren mountains to give their position on the fertile plains and the cosmopolitan beaches or the small and secluded coves.
The villages with the traditional architecture and the seaside resorts with their majestic mansions, reveal the uniqueness of this island.
On the other hand, the entertainment can satisfy all the tastes. Apart from the bars and the very good clubs with live music, on the island there is also cinema and theater . However, if you want to try your luck, go to the Casino. Sites that you should note: Azolimnos, Galissas, Kini, Megas Gialos, Finikas, Posidonia, Vari.
Marshmallow of Syros
The refugees from Chios, brought to the island the art of manufacture of marshmallow, which is now worldwide known.
- The best beaches are on the north side of the island. Start from Kini and explore on a boat the neighboring beaches, most of them suitable for free camping.
- One of the most beautiful Greek sunsets is waiting for you in "Plakostroto Tavern", on the top of Mytakas mountain. The food and the west horizon's colors during sunset won't be forgotten. Try to be there at least two hours before sunset, to find a nice place to sit.
- Ano Syros village is the island's absolute "must": traditional architecture, countless alleys, whitewashed yards, arches, flowers, picturesque taverns, great view and...young tour guides (small kids, that will voluntarily guide you) are just a few of what you'll meet here. There are two ways to get Ano Syros: through the road or climbing 1000 steps.
- The best ice-cream on the island is served in "Daidali" in Ermoupoli city, made from local milk and served in many flavors.
- Syros is famous for its "lokum delights" and the "halvadopites", but two special and unique products are "San Mihali" cheese, one of the most expensive cheeses, and "skordoloukanika" (garlic-sausages) that add flavor to many recipes.
Parking is a serious problem, especially in Ermoupoli, that becomes heavier every year. You'll have to pay for most of parking-spots, after you have wandered for a while, and only if you are lucky and find one. You better use the local buses or a scooter.
The island's beaches are very specific and limited in capacity. You'll have to be there early in the morning, if you want to find a place to sit.
Prices in cosmopolitan villages differ a lot, compared to the mainland's. On weekends you better choose a tavern on a small village, as the island is full of Athens residents, as well as visitors from other islands.
Happy Holidays in Syros!!!