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About Symi

With a well-deserved reputation for being amongst the prettiest ports in Greece, the Dodecanese island of Symi has been welcoming tranquil travellers for decades. Most visitors fly into Rhodes and catch the one of the regular ferries from there — a scenic experience in itself. Perfect for those eager to unwind in characterful small hotels and guesthouses within sight of the sea, the best places to stay in Symi are warm and welcoming, often housed within charming heritage buildings.

Symi’s main harbour, Yialos, is a lovely spot for seaside strolls, long lazy lunches, or picking up a boat to zip along to nearby coves and beaches. The town rises up into the hillside, with neoclassical mansions lining narrows streets, alongside independent boutiques, galleries and cafes. Pop into the Symi Museum for an insight into the island’s rich nautical past, or visit the Katarinettes, where the Germans signed the surrender of the Dodecanese at the end of World War II. Don’t miss clambering up stony steps to see the Chorio — or ‘village’ — or pastel-painted houses behind the main harbour.

Head south to the little fishing village of Pedi Bay for pristine beaches, freshly caught seafood and a real sense of calm. The Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, built on the southwest coast in the 18th Century, is another soothing place of reflection. Inland, you’ll find walking trails and cycle paths, too, with seemingly endless vistas towards the Aegean. Unwind at your pick of the best places to stay in Symi before another big day of discovery.

The Best Places to Stay in Symi

For Families or Groups

  • Opera House offers a small collection of attractive rooms and apartments, just a couple of minutes' walk up the hill from the harbour. Great for families or groups, these simple, airy spaces share a garden, and are well-placed for sightseeing. Relaxed and reasonably priced.
  • Hotel Kokona's elegant cream-coloured rooms have extra beds for additional guests, making them an ideal choice for groups of friends or families. A contemporary B&B within walking distance of the coast and a plethora of eateries.

For Couples

  • Hotel Emporio is an elegant, romantic little retreat overlooking the wonderfully clear waters of Nimborio beach. Secluded and low-key, the hotel has whitewashed rooms with stone floors, sea views and blue accents. Ideal for keen walkers, swimmers, snorkellers and fisherfolk.
  • The Old Markets, in the heart of Old Symi, sits within a listed heritage building. Couples will adore the pastel-painted rooms with seafoam shutters, private balconies and cosy nooks for curling up with a good book. Enjoy champagne breakfasts, and lunches and dinners on request. An intimate old town bolthole.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Rhodes International Airport and hop aboard a short ferry to Symi with Dodekanisos Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, or a smaller local carrier from there.
  • There's plenty to see in Symi! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm summers, with temperatures reaching around 27°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For fewer crowds, quiet beaches and cooler climes travel in April, May or late September, when you can also find great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Symi

  • Hotel Kokona Dodecanese, Symi 10 rooms from £52

    Value chic  -  A smartly designed hotel offered at very reasonable rates.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A chic small hotel situated in a quaint village on the picturesque island of Symi. Uniformly styled rooms are cleanly designed and contemporary with soft hues, designer lights and luxurious bathrooms. Serving indulgent breakfasts and with easy access to the island's many attractions. See More

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  • Opera House Symi 29 rooms from £55

    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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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Emporio Symi 6 rooms from £167

    Great walks  -  Go for amazing walks along the surrounding coastline.
    Fishing  -  The hotel can organise sea fishing trips for guests.
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Effortlessly elegant, Hotel Emporio is a wondrous place to stay on Symi. The charming rooms are beautifully decorated with traditional Greek artwork and tasteful furnishings. With lovely views out over the Aegean, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the local island culture. See More

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  • The Old Markets Symi 5 rooms from £174

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

    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. See More

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