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Symi Holidays

Symi holidays

For centuries Symi was a major commercial centre, which is why such a small island has such an impressive port. Grand neoclassical houses and mansions, many once owned by wealthy sea captains of yore, line the horseshoe-shaped bay on three sides and climb the steep hill behind.

Symi Town has two parts – Chorio above and Yialos below. Each has its own atmosphere, shops and tavernas, and the two are linked by a wide street (and nearly 400 steps) known as Kali Strata.

Given that Symi is only 24 miles from Rhodes, the waterfront can be busy with day-trippers, but only for a few hours during the hottest time and easily avoided. Beaches tend to the pretty pebble variety and best reached by one of the regular water-taxis that shuttle to and fro through the day (there is a bus alternative to Pedi in the next bay). Boats also run to nearby islands and you can visit Turkey only 4 miles distant.

Symi, Dodecanese

Holidays In Symi

Both Chorio and Yialos come into their own in the evening when the lights of the town and the waterfront restaurants reflect from the bay to create a very special mood. Chorio also has good tavernas, and can have a lively traditional village atmosphere. Symi is quite mountainous and not as barren as may first appear. Some good walking opportunities exist, to small bays or inland, which containsmany chapels as well as a monastery or two.

But most visitors come simply to relax; to enjoy Symi’s very clear seas, warmth of welcome, and one of the most atmospheric small harbour towns in the Aegean.

Getting There

Wednesday or Friday flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham to Rhodes - other regional airports may also be available (please enquire). Taxi transfer to Rhodes port (40 mins). Wednesday flights should land by around 3pm to connect with the 6pm ferry. On Friday the ferry dep.7pm (ferry times in 2018). Ferry to the island (60-90 mins, tickets included) – there may be some waiting time at the port. Depending on your accommodation (see descriptions) short walk, luggage transfer or transfer to accommodation. On your return the reverse applies.

Please note that if the flight does not connect same day, or on other days of the week, an overnight hotel in Rhodes Town will be arranged and you will transfer to Symi the following morning.


We do not have a representative on Symi - the hoteliers are happy to give local information and our main agent in Rhodes can always be contacted.

With any other island served by flights to Rhodes e.g. Tilos, Halki, Karpathos or with Akyaka in Turkey. 2013 had a direct ferry connection with Tilos on Fridays (early morning from Tilos, evening from Symi) - however this is not guaranteed for 2014. Mid-centre transfers via Rhodes can take most of the day but we can store luggage to allow free time to explore the Old Town.


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