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Syros island Travel Guide

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At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Syros island in Greece. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit Syros.

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Syros island Travel Guide

Welcome to my Syros island Travel Guide! Syros is a beautiful island located in Greece that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes. In this blog post, I will be sharing my personal experiences and tips to help you make the most of your trip to Syros. So let’s dive in and explore all that this amazing island has to offer!

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Syros Greece: Travel Guide 2024

During my visit, I discovered that Syros island is a breathtaking spot in the Aegean Sea that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. This place is a blend of everything I love: gorgeous beaches, adorable villages, and layers of history waiting to be explored. I found myself wandering through Ermoupoli, getting lost in its history, and then lounging on beaches that seemed straight out of a postcard. And the food? Simply divine. Syros is a paradise for anyone, whether you’re into soaking up history, sunbathing by the sea, or savoring every bite of Greek cuisine. It’s a place that offers a little bit of magic for all types of travelers.

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First timer’s guide to Syros

For anyone stepping onto Syros for the first time, you’re in for a real treat. My first piece of advice? Wander the quaint streets of Ermoupoli, where history and modern life blend seamlessly. Don’t miss the beaches of Galissas and Kini, perfect spots for anyone looking to soak up the sun or dive into crystal-clear waters. And oh, the food! Make sure to try local favorites like loukoumades and halva, treats that will have your taste buds dancing. Strolling along the waterfront as the sun sets, admiring the town’s beautiful architecture, is an experience you won’t want to miss. Trust me, Syros has a way of making every visitor feel right at home.

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Syros island Travel Guide: Where to stay in Syros island

Finding the perfect spot to stay in Syros was an adventure itself! The island is dotted with a variety of accommodations that cater to every taste and budget. I opted for a cozy guesthouse near Ermoupoli for its central location and easy access to local sights.

But if you’re someone who dreams of waking up to the sound of the waves, the beachside options in Galissas are just incredible. Each place has its own charm, offering a warm welcome to travelers.

Remember, booking early is key, especially if you’re visiting during the busy summer season. It’s all about finding that perfect home away from home on this beautiful island.

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How many days do you need in Syros?

When planning my trip to Syros, I wondered how much time I’d need to truly soak in its beauty. After experiencing its charm, I’d say spending at least a week on the island is ideal. This allows you ample time to wander through the enchanting villages, bask in the sun on its serene beaches, and indulge in the exquisite local cuisine.

Syros isn’t a place to rush through; it’s where you immerse yourself in each moment. Whether you’re exploring solo, with family, or friends, a week gives you a perfect balance to experience Syros’s diverse offerings without feeling hurried.

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Ermoupoli, The Town of Syros

Ermoupoli took my breath away. It’s the heart of Syros, teeming with life, from its bustling port to the cozy cafes tucked into every corner. Walking through its streets is like stepping back in time, surrounded by beautiful neoclassical buildings. I made sure to lose myself in its narrow alleys, each turn revealing something new and beautiful. Climbing up to the Church of Anastasi was a highlight, offering me the most stunning views over the town. And the art scene? It’s vibrant and alive, with galleries and theaters full of local talent that left me in awe. Ermoupoli is not just a town; it’s the soul of Syros, and it captured a piece of my heart.

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Syros island Travel Guide: Where to eat in Syros island

Iliovasilema restaurant in Galissas, Allou yialou in Kini village, Aventoura restaurant

Savvas restaurant, Avantgarden cafe bar restaurant,

Mazi restaurant (fusion cuisine), To tsipouradiko tis Mirsinis, Sta vaporia bar restaurant

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Cafes: Giosifaki premium cafe in Vari, Kyverneio cafe in Poseidonia village

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Is it worth going to Syros?

Definitely! My journey to Syros island was nothing short of magical. It’s this incredible mix of culture, history, and scenic beauty that you don’t find just anywhere. The island’s vibe is so welcoming and laid-back, it feels like stepping into a whole other world. Whether it was lounging on beautiful beaches, exploring historical sites, or enjoying the local cuisine, every moment felt special. For anyone wondering if Syros is the right travel destination, from my heart, I say go for it. The experiences and memories you’ll create on this enchanting island are absolutely worth it.

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Beach bars and restaurants: The Ono concept, Ciel Asteria beach in Ermoupoli

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Syros island

Syros island

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Travel agencies in Syros: Gaviotis travel, Siros travel

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Seajets, Hotel Benois and Syra Suites for the hospitality, Syros Municipality and all the residents of Syros island who went the extra mile to make sure that we have a pleasant stay! Everything was beautiful in Syros island. I am already looking forward to going back again.

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Every summer has a story, Santorini has the best…

The first time I visited Santorini was in 1998 with my pen pal friend from Holland (Bianca, if you are reading this, where are you?). Second time I visited Santorini was in 2003 with another friend of mine. Now I am about to tell you a crazy story. That friend of mine, in the summer of 2003, fell for a guy whom she met in Mykonos. That guy told her that at the end of August he would be working in a bar in Santorini. So now you can imagine why I went to Santorini in August 2003. I had to sacrifice myself to accompany my friend who was in search of her love. It was the last weekend of August, the end of the summer. My friend and I were sitting in the living room and the school was closed. There was nothing to do, we were listening to radio music, we didn’t talk. We were little sad that the summer was coming to an end and that the school was about to start again. Suddenly someone (I don’t remember whether it was me or her) popped the idea to go to Santorini for the weekend. It was around 18.00 and the ship was departing from the port of Piraeus at 22.00. I went home, put some things on a sac voyage and we both met at the harbor, a little bit before the departure of the ship. Don’t ask me where we found accommodation because I don’t remember at all. We had a specific mission to carry out. We didn’t even care that much for issues such as accommodation. But don’t worry, we didn’t stay on the streets.

10 years later I am back to Santorini. What is that thing that makes you love a place forever? What is that thing that makes you keep a place forever sealed in your heart? What is that thing that makes you wanting to come back to a place over and over again? I guess that magic in the air in combination with the mind-blowing landscape. Once I arrived this summer in Santorini, I pinched myself, still hardly believed it, but yes I was back again.

You might wonder now if we met that guy, the reason for the trip to Santorini in 2003….No, we didn’t. It was just a summer love. It stayed in my friend’s memory like that. You know, one of those summer loves that you wish you could have next to you in the cold winter nights.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain