Symi (Simi or Σύμη in Greek), a rocky but still very inviting small island in Dodecanese, has the most beautiful harbor in Greece, as traditional mansions are constructed amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill offering astonishing view to the sea from any spot. In Symi there are no modern concrete constructions, the neo-classical architectures have similar wall paintings and shapes so the spirit of the island remains intact through the ages.

It is just 9 km away from Turkish coast, north of Rhodes island, so it is a popular destination for day trippers as there are regular daily excursions from Mandraki port of Rhodes. In the old ages the inhabitant’s main occupations were sponge-fishing, boat-building, wine-making, wood-carving and icon-painting. After finishing whatever they had to work on, they were all gathering at the local taverns enjoying their cold drinks as the temperature at summer days is up to 40°C. Even the Greeks say that Symi is a hot island so if you plan to go there be prepared otherwise your skin will become darker in just a couple of minutes.

Today, Symi relies almost entirely on tourism; mostly day trippers from Rhodes. Popular destinations inside the island are the beaches of Agia Marina, Agios Giorgios, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Vasilios, Agios Emilianos, Nimbrios and Nos beach. Agios in Greek language means Saint, so its clear that the island has many monasteries to visit too. Last but not least point of interest is the Panormitis Monastery which has its own harbor, as in the old times there were not a road connecting it with the other island.