TRAVEL GUIDE TO SYROS
Syros is an island in Greece that belongs to the Cyclades island group. It is praised for its mesmerizing architecture and calm atmosphere and is ideal for visitors seeking a destination less busy than the celebrated islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Paros.
Syros is very popular among families and couples, as it is home to several points of interest, beaches with crystal clear waters, lovely accommodations and restaurants serving high-quality and tasty dishes!
The island's capital, called Ermoupolis, is also the capital of the whole Cyclades and a cultural hub for art lovers all over the world thanks to the several events that are organized there.
To help you plan your trip to Syros, we have created a travel guide with all the essential information you need to get the most out of your stay on the island during your holiday! It includes the best things to do on the island, the top beaches and sights to visit, our recommendations regarding accommodation and restaurants, as well as pictures from various locations across the island.
Syros has a national airport that receives domestic flights from Athens. Nonetheless, the most popular way to get there is by ferry from Athens (either from the port of Piraeus or the port of Lavrion).
The island is also connected to a plethora of islands by ferry, including but not limited to Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Andros, Tinos and Milos.
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With an advantageous location in the center of the Aegean Sea, Syros has amazing scenery that combines Cycladic and Venetian architecture.
Just imagine whitewashed houses blending with colorful mansions, neoclassical buildings, and big churches! Dreamy, right?
Ermoupolis, the capital town of Syros, is an architectural gem!
Brightly-hued houses, structures showcasing neoclassic architecture, imposing orthodox and charming catholic churches, and magnificent squares create the most postcard-like scenery!
A visit to Miaouli Square is enough to understand how enchanting the architecture that characterizes the island's capital is.
On the square, you will find the impressive Town Hall, designed by the praised architect Ernst Ziller, while a few meters further on stands the Apollo Theatre, a stunning theatre that is described by many as "the most beautiful theatre in the world".
Hiking the hill above Ermoupoli, you’ll find Ano Syros, the Catholic Center of Syros. While Ermoupolis boasts a Venetian beauty, Ano Syros is a typical Cycladic settlement with whitewashed houses and narrow alleys.
Ano Syros looks like it has been made for strolls! Wander on its narrow little lanes, visit the Renaissance Cathedral of Saint George and marvel at the breathtaking view of Ermoupolis, and let the place bewitch you!
The island’s coastline is fringed with beautiful beaches, with the most popular ones located on the southern side. The best seashores are Kini, Galissa, Delfini, and Dellagratsia.
Syros is also a favorite destination for Easter holidays, as wonderful events take place thanks to the existence of both Orthodox and Catholics on the island, who celebrate the great holiday at the same time as a sign of community unity.
Every spring, Ermoupolis bursts with life, as it is the center of the Easter festivities on the island. People from all over the world go there to experience authentic traditions, including treats, gospel chanting in the island’s beautiful churches, holy processions, religious hymns, and feasts.
The combination of Cycladic atmosphere with Venetian architecture and the coexistence of Orthodox and Catholic elements to such an extent does not exist on any other island of the Cyclades. That is why spending some days in Syros is a unique experience worth gifting yourself with at some point in your life!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
In Syros, you will discover amazing places to stay for all tastes and preferences, including traditional houses, luxurious suites with private pools and charming boutique hotels.
The hotels are usually located in the neoclassical alleys of Ermoupolis or at the island's most popular beaches, such as Galissas and Megas Gialos.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The most popular way to reach Syros is by ferry but is also reachable by airplane from Athens International Airport. The island is also connected via ferry with many other islands (Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, Andros, Naxos, Paros, Kythnos, etc.).
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF SYROS
Discover the highlights of Syros! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best reccommendations for the ultimate holiday experience!
Ermoupoli is a town featuring buildings of Venetian, Cycladic and Neoclassical architecture, making it a wonderful place for strolling. In summer, many festivals take place there.
The Town Hall is the most impressive Neoclassical building in Syros. It is located in the central square of Ermoupolis and was designed by the famous architect Ernst Ziller.
Vaporia is the most picturesque quarter in Ermoupolis. The region is lined up with impressive Venetian mansions that offer amazing views of the Aegean Sea.
Ano Syros is a lovely quarter situated on the slopes of the hill above Ermoupolis. This traditional district has a Catholic church on its highest spot.
Galissas is a beautiful and organized beach, lined up with cozy accommodations, fish taverns and some water sports centers.
Megas Gialos is a nice and quiet beach with some accommodations to and lovely fish taverns along the promenade.