Syros: A Different Cycladic Island

Syros stands out from the rest of the Cyclades. Only a three-hour boat ride away from Athens, Syros is a favourite destination for the Athenians. This charming island has a central, historical role in the region of the Aegean Sea. During the 19th century, Syros become the first important trade and industrial centre in Greece. Therefore, Ermoupoli (Syros port) is today the capital and administrative centre of the Cyclades. Nowadays, this cosmopolitan island can offer visitors a relaxing holiday. With a ferry connection to all the Cycladic islands, Syros can be the start of your journey in the Aegean Sea.

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View of the central square of Ermoupolis


Ermoupoli, at the eastern coast of Syros

Ermoupoli took its name after the Greek God Hermes. The capital of the island is a lively town and a living museum. Particularly, the local architecture is unique and charming. For example, the beautiful neoclassical mansions of marble and the open squares stand out from the rest of the Cyclades. The Town Hall at the central square, the Municipal Library, the district of Vaporia and the theatre of Apollo are samples of the architectural achievements of Syros.

For a better understanding of the local history visit the archaeological museum housing findings from the 3rd millennium B.C. up to the Hellenistic period. If you are more interested in old machinery, explore the Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli with a rare collection related to shipping, machine accessories and paintings. In the area of Ano Syros -the Catholic community of the island- you can stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the live music of the local tavernas.


Galissas, one of the longest beaches of Syros island


Galissas, 8 km south-west of Ermoupoli, Syros island

8 km south-west of Ermoupolis is Galissas, one of the longest beaches of the island and a popular destination. Galissas is a partly organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, watersports, and a choice of tavernas by the sea. If you follow the path next to Agia Pakou church, you are going to find the small, secluded beach of Armeos.

Finikas, 11 km south west of Ermoupouli, Syros island

11 km south-west of Ermoupouli is the small bay of Finikas. Except for the port of Ermoupolis, Finikas is Syros’ only natural harbour. Many locals and visitors come here to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach. Finikas provides several options for accommodation, drinks, and delicious food.


The bay of Finikas at the southeast coast of Syros

Kini, 7 km west of Ermoupoli, Syros island

7 km west of Ermoupoli is the settlement of Kini. This quiet settlement is perfect for people who seek a laid back, relaxing holiday. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets, the pebble beach with clear waters and the delicious local seafood. Once there, pay a visit to the sandy beach of Delfini, only a short walk from Kini.


The mermaid statue of Kini

Agathopes beach, 13 km south-west of Ermoupoli, Syros island

Aghathopes is a beautiful small sandy beach, close to Posidonia. Also, it is famous for the white beach lilies that bloom during August giving out their sweet aroma. In addition, the small islet called Stroggylo adds to the beauty of the scenery. The beach is organized, with a few umbrellas and beach bars for cold drinks, snacks, hot meals and a bit of music.

Agathopes beach is popular among families due to the shallow waters. Here you can also find several diving centres! We strongly suggest that you visit this beach in early summer or during autumn. Respectively, it is best to avoid it during the high tourist season as it can get too busy.

Find here Danae’s guide with useful information about Syros.


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