Symi this beautiful island of the Dodecanese, with its colorful and characteristic architecture, combines in the best possible way tourist development with the preservation of the island’s traditions and natural scenery.
Symi belongs to the Dodecanese islands complex and lies across the Asian Minor coast and just a few nautical miles NW of Rhodes. Aristocratic and far off the model of mass tourism, symi pleasantly surorise its visitors with its plain, aristocratic yet wild beauty.
As you glimpse the perfectly formed harbor of Symi, Gialos you are confronted with a beautiful picture-postcard Venetian village. Wonderfully well-preserved two and three storey mansions with their facades painted in bright and vivid colors reflect the island’s rich past since Symi was once one of the richest islands with a tradition in sponge diving, ship building and wood carving.
The island’s two main settlements are Gialos and Chorio or otherwise known as Ano Symi, Gialos settlement starts from the port and stretches an the outskirts og the surrounding hills. It’s continuation all the way up the hill and around the old Castle of Symi is known as Ano Symi.
Take stroll on the port’s central road to admire the Municipal Clock Tower built in 1881, the statue of the young fisherman ” Michalaki” by the famous Symiot sculptor C. Valsamis and the historical ” Kampsopoulou” building where the surrender of the Dodecanese islands by the Germans to the Allies was signed. Walking towards the island’s central square, you will come upon the Monument of the Fallen Soldiers, the recently renovated Naval Museum and the church of Ag. loannis with its magnificent pebbled yard.
Continue your tour on the other side of the port where you will find the islands shipyard and the church “Panaghia tou Evangelismou” standing right above the shipyard and welcoming boats and visitors. Folloving the road you will come upon NOS and right across it standing mid seas, you will see the little islet of Nimos. The stroll ends at Nimborios, a seaide sttlement where one can enjoy its crystal waters.