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Ermoupolis Syros

Syros is in the Cyclades group of Greek Islands.

Syros ia a beautiful island off the normal tourist track. Ermoupolis, the major town of 13,000 people, is the centre of government for the Cyclades. The majority of people do not work in the tourist industry. Syros is the place to visit to experience authentic Greek island culture.


Get In

By boat

From the Greek mainland ferries and hydrofoil services [1] run daily from Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio.

Ermoupolis isn't only the capital of Syros, but also the capital of the Cyclades and thus well-connected with Athens. The itineraries from Piraeus, the port of Athens, to Ermoupolis (Syros) are daily and the trip takes about 4 hours by normal ferry. Syros is also connected to Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in 18 hours. There is also a ferry leaving from Lavrio, to the south of Attica and reaching Syros in about 5 hours.

Apart from the mainland, there are many ferries and hydrofoils to connect Syros with other Aegean islands. Normal ferries connect Syros to Aegiali, Amorgos (5 hours), Andros (3 hours and a half), Donousa (6 hours), Folegandros (6 hours), Heraklion, Crete (12 hours), Ios (5 hours), Karlovasi, Samos (4 hours), Katapola, Amorgos (7 hours), Kea (4 hours), Kimolos (6 hours), Kos (4 hours), Koufonisia (8 hours), Kythnos (2 hours and a half), Leros (3 hours and a half), Milos (8 hours), Mykonos (1 hour and a half), Naxos (3 hours), Paros (1 hour and a half), Patmos (3 hours), Rhodes (8 hours), Schinoussa (9 hours), Serifos (4 hours), Sifnos (5 hours), Sikinos (5 hours), Skiathos (9 hours), Skopelos (8 hours) and Santorini (7 hours). Regular hydrofoils connect Syros to Mykonos (1 hour) and Tinos (40 minutes).

By plane

There is a daily morning flight from Athens airport (35 minutes) by Olympic Air [2].

The airport of Syros Island is located south of Ermoupolis.

Get Around

Syros is small enough to enjoy by foot or bicycle. Taxis are also available, and the local bus service is cheap and reliable.

See

Beaches

From Ermoupolis take the Bus to Kini (about 30 minutes) or Galissas (20 minutes direct or 45 minutes through the southern part of the island). Also, you can visit some of the northern beaches by boat.

  • Kini
  • Vari
  • Megas Gialos
  • Angathopes
  • Posidonia
  • Finikas
  • Galissas

Do

Plateia Miaouli
  • Walk the narrow back streets of Ermoupolis and discover the city's charm.
  • Visit Ano Syros and the Catholic Cathedral of Agios Georgios. Take the bus or a taxi to Ano Syros and then walk downhill through the medieval city.
  • Hang out in Plateia Miaouli, one of Greece's best public plazas.
  • Walk to the Holy Church of the Resurrection of Christ to view the opulant interior and splendid views.
  • Spend time at a beach.


Buy

  • Traditional products, such as herbs and traditional sweets (loukoumia and chalvadopita). There are lots of shops offering traditional products at Hiou street.

Eat

Ermoupolis

  • Django, Hiou. Snacks and very good Italian style ice cream.
  • Stin Ithaki tou Ai, Stefanou 1. Traditional tavern offering local specialties.
  • Iliovasilema, Galissas. Fish tavern near the beach. Try the "saganaki" (fried San Michali cheese) and "gouna" (Fish prepared in a unique traditional manner).

Drink

Sleep

  • Apollon Hotel, (Kini), [3]. Traditional hotel situated in a green hill at the west side of Syros island.
  • Eleana Hotel, (Possidonia), [4]. Modern hotel offering many comforts and a well maintained interior.
  • Faros Hotel, (Azolimnos), [5]. Luxury hotel with private beach.
  • Syrou Melathron, babagiotou 5 str, +302281086495, [6]. Traditional settlement in Hermoupolis.

Get out

Move on by boat to Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios or Santorini.



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