Syros, belonging to the Cyclades island group, dominates the heart of the Aegean with its dynamic character and the cosmopolitan grace of a queen. It is the island where Greek tradition and western influence coexist harmoniously.
The capital of Syros island, Ermoupoli, has been the first important trade and industrial center of the country in the 19th century and is considered as one of the most picturesque Cyclades capitals. Venetian mansions, spectacular sunset views, narrow alleys, neoclassical buildings, impressive catholic and orthodox churches, ooze a fairytale charm.
Evidence of Ermoupolis’ glorious past can be seen on public buildings, such as the City Hall, the Customs Office, Apollo theatre, on the neoclassical houses and its beautiful squares. Due to its economic activity,
Ermoupoli has been called “Manchester of Greece” and the history of its blossom years is exhibited in the Industrial Museum.
The Orthodox community has contributed some outstanding religious monuments to the architecture of Ermoupoli such as the churches of Metamorphossi tou Sotiros. The medieval quarter of the Roman Catholic community and the fortress-like St George’s cathedral are on St George hill, also named Ano Syros. Walk up the stairs to the top of the hill, to admire a breathtaking view of the island.
Boasting the beautiful Cycladic landscape, but less crowded than Mykonos or Santorini, Syros is a top choice for those who want to relax and enjoy classy holidays in the Greek islands. Ideal for families and couples who seek a romantic holiday destination, Syros has an elegant and aristocratic vibe that enchants every visitor.
The great number of beautiful beaches will delight the sea and sand lovers: Vari, Foinikas, Yalissas and Kíni, as well as Possidonia or Dellagrazia, the beach of a village with many neoclassical mansions with colorful orchards.
Syros Cultural Events
International cultural festivals are held annually in Syros, offer visitors a wide range of options for every taste. The International Cyclades Music Festival, the Film Festival, August Moons, Classical Music Festival, the Ermoupolia and Musical May are just a few of them.
Syros organizes plenty of Christian and Catholic feasts as well. These two traditions have an enormous influence and they are celebrated in a unique way including eating, drinking, and dancing.
Authentic Gastronomy in Syros
Syros is well-known for its gastronomic peculiarities. Halva pie, a local pie made of thyme honey and roasted almonds, loukoumi, loosa ham, fennel sausages and the San Mihalis spicy cheese, will no doubt satisfy even the most demanding foodies.
Authentic Experiences in Syros
• Explore Ermoupolis and Ano Syros
• Admire the Town Hall and the majestic Apollo Theater in Ermoupolis
• Visit Capuchin Monastery and Jesuit Monastery in Ano Syros
• Drop by the Archaeological and Industrial Museums in Ermoupolis
• Visit Vaporia, the most picturesque quarter of Ermoupolis
• Visit Delfini, Lia and Varvarousa beaches for a memorable swim
• Arrange a yacht cruise to Mykonos, Delos or Milos islands
• Discover and taste some of the local wines
• Sample the local gastronomy and delicacies