I remember I was in Athens International Airport when I laid my eyes on a photo of an advertisement and I couldn’t figure out which island was pictured on that photo. I spontaneously asked a random person who was working in the store located right next to that photo. Which island is this, I asked! Symi, she said!
I always knew, I had to visit Symi island! But that picture in that precise moment made it even more clear to me! We have to visit Symi! And finally we made it this summer! Symi was the third stop of our Greek island hopping! In this blog post you will find – as always not many words – but my photos and my tips, so that you can get well prepared for when you decide to visit Symi island!
HOW TO GET TO SYMI ISLAND
If you ask me, then I would say, the best way to get to Symi island is to take the airplane from Athens to Rhodes and then take the ferry Sebeco or Dodekanisson Seaways to Symi. The ferry only takes one hour and twenty minutes.
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at Limani Life, but we fell head over heels for 1900 hotel! They both belong to architect @dimitriszographos who we had the honour to meet in person! There are many reasons for visiting Symi island. Yet, to experience a stay in this 19th century neoclassical mansion is a reason on its own. Opt for the grand suite 1901 and book as many nights as possible.
WHERE TO EAT
Haritomeni in Ano Symi – our by far favourite restaurant on the island for the view, the lovely staff, the owner and the food of course!
Manos Fish Restaurant – For the best sea food on the island!
Bella Napoli Trattoria Italiana – For pasta and pizza!
Taverna restaurant International – a lovely traditional Greek taverna!
Elpidas Kafeneion – where the locals hang out!
Most of the restaurants do not have a website. But if you google them, you will find an address, a telephone number or a Facebook page. Or simply ask the locals…
ONE DAY ISLAND TOUR
Just like in many islands in the Aegean, in Symi as well, a one day around the island boat tour is a must. Check Poseidon excursions. You will have the chance to see unique landscapes, swim in crystal clear waters and have lunch on the small island of Sesklo.
A THANK YOU NOTE
This trip wouldn’t have been realised without the help and support of the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis and the Mayor Mr. Lefteris Papakalodoukas whom we would like to thank wholeheartedly for making it happen!
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