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About Symi

A gorgeous port, pastel houses and the best baby shrimp you will eat. Visit Symi, a small island town in the Dodecanese chain of islands in Greece. This little gem is a popular destination for travellers enthused by the laid-back glamour of luxurious yachts and sea food feasts. For the more adventurous traveller, the 19th century architecture with steep steps that wind around the town will give you plenty to explore. The clear waters and coastlines, sandy bays and a rugged interior make Symi one of the prettiest ports in Greece, where some of the best places to stay in Symi can be found.

Symi is an excellent place to eat, drink and take short walks in the nearby villages and secluded beaches. Despite its size, the island offers spectacular views and the chance to experience a variety of landscapes and town flavours.

What not to miss

  • Walk along the Yialos, the main Symi harbour, for great places to eat along the pristine waters. You can also hire a boat to explore the coves and inaccessible beaches, or just take a breezy ride along this mountain island.
  • There are a handful of historical sites in the Symi mainland. The Katarinettes on the harbour front is where the Germans signed the surrender of the Dodecanese at the end of World War II. Close by, the Symi (nautical) Museum lends insight on age-old naval tradition of the island.
  • When in town, take the stony steps leading to Chorio (which literally translates to ‘village’). The streets of Chorio are lined with beautiful pastel houses (the Symi view from afar). The vibrant Syllogos Square is a hub of town activities and houses the remains of a ruined castle and church that survived World War II.
  • The valley below, Pedi Bay, beautifully connects the mountains to sea. This tiny coastline opens up untouched beaches and is home to the charming fishing village of Pedi. A perfect excursion for a quiet day at the beach and fresh sea food.
  • One of the island’s most famous landmarks is the monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis on the southwest coast. Built in the early 18th century, it overlooks the bay bearing its name, in beautiful setting that combine mountain and sea. What is more, it is dominated by the imposing built-in-1905 bell tower.

A couple of days at Symi will not only satiate your want for a quiet, stress free holiday, but also open your eyes to the most gorgeous mountains and beaches – all in pristine condition. Known to have the prettiest port in Greece, the island hosts the best places to stay with beautiful sea-front views.

Best hotels in Symi

  • Just up the hill from the harbour, is the Opera House – gorgeous self-catering apartments with comfortable rooms and a shared garden. Only a couple of minutes away from the harbour and good cafes and restaurants, the hotel is best suited for a mix of beach excursions and sightseeing.
  • The Old Markets is beautiful, romantic hotel in the heart of Old Symi. The pastel rooms and private balconies are great for a secluded break with a view of the ocean.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you think that you'd rather have your own space, then visit our online partner, Booking.com, for a wide range of apartments in the city centre.

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to the island is in Rhodes. A ferry from the Rhodes harbour brings you straight to the Symi port.
  • You can also reach Symi from Rhodes or Turkey by ferry. There are two major companies that run routes to the island, the Dodekanisos Seaways and the Blue Star Ferries.
  • For a quiet holiday break and to enjoy the secluded beaches, visit Symi in the early summer months from May to July where temperatures range from 23 to 30° C. Following this, Symi is a popular for its free, open air concerts frequented by Greece's best musicians (July and September). It also gets busy during the pilgrimage season when people travel to the Panormitis Monastery.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices

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Best Hotels in Symi

  • Opera House 29 rooms from $72


    Tranquil oasis, simple attractive rooms and apartments, two minutes walk up the hill from the harbour. Relaxed and charming, with views of the village and a small courtyard bar for hanging out. Well positioned and reasonably priced.

    Families  -  Peaceful self catering apartments in Symi's lovely centre, with shared garden and plenty of space to run around.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the major Monastery complex at Panormitis.
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  • The Old Markets 5 rooms from $280


    A gorgeous romantic hotel in the heart of Old Symi. Romantic pastel rooms in creams and light blues. Private balconies and elegant furnishings. Wonderful table d'hote and close to beaches and sights. A great choice for couples.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    City Style
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of Symi's old town
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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