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The Duchess of the Aegean

Cycladic Minimalism, Medieval Charm and Aristocratic Romanticism
The beautiful duchess with the two worlds and the mysterious atmosphere is unfolding in front of your eyes in order to challenge you to travel with her. An irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical romanticism blend at the heart of the Cyclades. Syros would definitely be characterized as the noble island as evident from her impressive architecture, her cultural wealth and the perfect coexistence of two Christian denominations. Infused with a long maritime tradition, Hermoupolis is a magnificent specimen of aristocratism and neoclassicism crowned as the capital of Cyclades. As her elegance is majestic, one could say that Syros could be a woman. From the first moment, you will understand that Syros is not affected from narcissism. Although her beauty is stately, it does not represent the diva, as she prefers to live madly and passionately in the neoclassical streets of Hermoupolis, the medieval alleys of Ano Syros and the smelling tar of the shipyards. Always a mistress, wayward but disarming and essential. Even if you visit her for the first time, you will create lasting memories of nostalgia. And even if she has weaknesses, you can forgive her because she is the duchess of the Cyclades. Even if you have visited all the islands of the Aegean, Hermoupolis will definitely impress you, as the splendors of hers are not concealed. Behind every corner of the colorful city, another mysterious surprise is hiding with flowery balconies, colorful doors and hidden stairways. You might even feel that you are the protagonist of a movie setting. Despite the proud history of Syros, the island has adopted an anonymity preserving the genuineness of her heritage. Wander around the majestic square of Miaouli to witness one of the most beautiful town halls of Greece, made from Ernst Ziller, the theatre of Apollo, the miniature of the Scala di Milano, and Vaporia, the aristocratic quarter of the city with the best preserved mansions of the bourgeois families, ascend to the authentic medieval village of Ano Syros and the imposing church of San George, the cathedral of the Catholics that rises like castle on the hilltop, visit the noble settlement of Dellagracia to admire the imposing mansions with the spacious gardens and the beautiful mosaics, relax in the villages of Kini and Gallisas under the astonishing colours of the sunset and taste the traditional flavors of loukoumi flavored with mastic, rose, bergamot and rose water.

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The Capital of Syros

The City of Hermoupolis is the capital and harbour of Syros located on the east side of the island. Crowned as the capital of the Cyclades, Hermoupolis was founded from the refugees who came from various parts of Greece including Asia Minor, Chios and Psara. Those people managed to create the magnificent city of Hermoupolis that became the most important commercial shipping nation and cultural center of Greece in the 19th century. Hermoupolis owes her name to Hermes, the God of Trade. An irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical romanticism blend at the heart of the Cyclades. The neoclassical buildings and the magnificent monuments of Hermoupolis create a beautiful atmosphere with a unique diachronic vitality. Another jewel of the city is the district of Vaporia that is the aristocratic quarter of the city with the best preserved mansions. Other monuments include one of the most beautiful squares of Greece, the Square of Miaoulis, the most grandiose neoclassical building of Syros designed from Ernst Ziller, the Town Hall of Hermoupolis, and the theater of Apollon, an exact miniature of the Scala di Milano.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is the Orthodox Cathedral of Syros located in the district of Vaporia in Hermoupolis. The church has an astonishing blue dome and two bell towers and it is considered to be the largest church of the Balkans. Inside the church, one will have the opportunity to see the tradition and wealth of the religion combined with the azure tile floor, the golden ornaments and the beautiful icons made from Greek and Russian hagiographers.

The District of Ano Syros

The District of Ano Syros is the medieval settlement of Syros located on the east side of the island. Ano Syros has become the catholic district of Hermoupolis, as it is located on the left side of the city. It is one of the most beautiful settlements of Syros that was built amphitheatrically in order to protect the area from pirate invasions in 1.200 BC. The entire settlement resembles a defensive fortress with narrow alleys, stonewalls, wooden balconies and numerous arches and arcades. The coexistence of the Cycladic architecture with the medieval aristocratism gives an interesting atmosphere to Ano Syros. It is worth ascending to the Catholic Cathedral of Saint George that lies on the highest spot of the city in order to admire the astonishing views of Hermoupolis. Other monuments worth visiting include the Jesuits Monastery, the Capuchin Monastery and the Church of Agios Athanasios. It should also be mentioned that Ano Syros is the birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris, one of the greatest rebetiko singers, musicians and composers. The square of Ano Syra was named after him and a small museum in Piatsa is dedicated to the life of Vamvakaris exhibiting photographs and personal items of the famous composer.

The Theatre of Apollon

The Theatre of Apollon is located in Hermoupolis. The theatre was designed from the Italian architect P. Sampo. Considered as a miniature of Scala di Milano, the theatre opened its doors to the performance of Rigolletto by Verdi on April 20, 1864. Since then, it has hosted numerous historical performances. The interior of the theatre has Italian and French aristocratic patterns while the seats are made from red velvet and the ceilings have murals of poets and musicians. In the Hall of Memories, one will have the opportunity to admire posters, programs and costumes of artists who left their mark at d the theatre of Apollon.

The Town Hall of Syros

The Town Hall of Syros is located in Hermoupolis. It is one of the most beautiful town halls of Greece that was designed from the philhellene Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller. Its façade has marble columns and large windows. Inside the town hall, one will have the opportunity to admire the wide Tuscan staircase and the busts of great benefactors of Syros as well as valuable furniture that existed from the inauguration of the town hall in 1898. The Archaeological Museum, the Court House, the Mortgage Offices and other public services are housed within the town hall of Syros.

The Village of Dellagracia

The Village of Dellagracia, else known as Posidonia, is one of the most beautiful villages of Syros located on the southwest side of the island. The settlement was named Dellagracia after the catholic church of Panagia Madonna della Grazia while it was later named Posidonia, as it was a place of worship of God Poseidon. The beautiful settlement has many neoclassical mansions of fine architecture with grand gardens and palm trees that attest the aristocratic finesse and the nobility of Dellagracia. The most important mansion is the Mansion of Tsiropina that has been characterized as a historical and preserved monument from the Ministry of Culture. One will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular sunset from the stunning beach of Agathopes. It would be also be interesting to visit the oldest tennis court of Greece. Other monuments worth visiting is the catholic church of Agios Petros and the church of Agios Ioannis. On August 29, one of the largest traditional celebrations take place in the church of Agios Ioannis.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Chalandriani was an ancient settlement located on the northeast side of the island. Archaeological excavations have brought to light potsherds, inscriptions along with remnants of buildings and walls. In a close proximity to the citadel, archaeologists found a huge cemetery of six hundred carved tombs with rich funeral gifts including clay frying pans depicting ships. This attests that the settlement of this cemetery was one of the most significant ones in the Cyclades during the Early Bronze Age. Findings from Chalandriani are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Syros.

The Archaeological Site of Grammata is located on the northern side of the island. The bay of Grammata offered safe anchorage in ancient times. In moments of stormy weather, the sailors inscribed prayers to the gods in order to abate the winds and be able to continue their journey. The inscriptions date back to 2.000 BC and you can see them on the flat rocks next to the small beach of Grammata. Going uphill, one will have the opportunity to see the impressive kathreptis. It is a rock cut vertically starting from the tip of the bay and the sea level rising into a height of seventy two meters. The wider area is really beautiful ideal for exploration.

The Archaeological Site of Kastri was an ancient fortified settlement dating back to 2.300 BC. According to scholars, Kastri is the most important fortification construction of the 3rd millennium BC in the Aegean with gates and towers. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the ground plands of the excavated houses along with portable findings including pottery objects, metalwork and stonecraft artefacts that attest a prospering society with relations with the opposite Asia Minor coast. Findings from Kastri are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Syros.

Castles and Towers

The Castle of Ano Syros is a natural fortress built on the rocks, a continuation of the northwestern side of the city of Hermoupolis. Built from the Venetians on the hill of San George, Ano Syros is the upper neighborhood of Hermoupolis that maintains the medieval atmosphere of the area. Traces of the Frankish castle and its walls are still evident within the settlement.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agios Athanasios Stin Pigi is an imposing church located on the backside of Ano Syros. Built on the bottom of the ravine between tress and running waters, the church of Agios Athanasios was first mentioned in 1631 while the present church was constructed in 1947. The church and the stone belfry constitute a real gem of the area. The churchyard of Agios Athanasios is formed in such a way that offers visitors the opportunity of a lovely picnic under the shade of the trees.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is the Orthodox Cathedral of Syros located in the district of Vaporia in Hermoupolis. The church has an astonishing blue dome and two bell towers. It is considered to be the largest church of the Balkans. Inside the church, one will have the opportunity to see the tradition and wealth of the religion combined with the azure tile floor, the golden ornaments and the beautiful icons made from Greek and Russian hagiographers.

The Church of Anastasis stands on the hill of Dili in Ano Syros. The cross domed church has two belfries made of ashlar stone and it is dedicated to the Resurrection of the Nation. Inside the church, neoclassical and byzantine elements coexist along with portable icons preserved since the 19th century.

The Church of Metamorphosis is the metropolis of Syros located in the city of Hermoupolis. The church was constructed from the refugees of Asia Minor in 1824 that brought along icons and sacred heirlooms that are preserved within the church. The entire complex is a monument itself with impressive woodcarvings, marble columns and beautiful icons.

The Church of San George is the metropolis of the Catholics and the most beautiful cathedral of Syros located on the rock of Ano Syros. The church was built on the remnants of an older byzantine church in 1200 while it was renovated in 1852. Inside the church, one will have the opportunity to admire the icon of Bishop Ioannis Andreas Kargas, who was hanged from the Ottomans, and the icon of Panagia Tis Elpidas with a great artistic and cultural value.

The Church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary is one of the most important churches of Hermoupolis. The church was constructed in 1829. Inside the church, one can admire the holy icon of Virgin Mary made from the famous painter El Greco, else known as Dominicos Theotokopoulos.

The Capuchin Monastery is located in Ano Syros. The monastery was founded from King Louis XIII of France in 1653. Both the Capuchin and Jesuit monasteries played an important role in the social and religious life of the inhabitants. The Capuchin monastery hosts the church of Agios Ioannis that dates back to 1635. Beneath the church, there are crypts where people ran to hide in case of pirate invasions.

The Jesuit Monastery is located in Ano Syros. The monastery of the Jesuits was founded in 1844 while it took its final form in 1852. The Jesuit Order was established in Spain in 1540 from Ignatios Lagiolas and an instrument of the Pope. The Jesuits played an important role to the development of Syros. The monastery is the sole preserved Jesuit monastery of Syros and it is a monument of particular historical significance with numerous important ancient inscriptions, icons, ecclesiastical heirlooms and a wide collection of rare books. Inside the monastery, there is the church of Panagia Kamilos. Today, only two nuns live in the monastery, followers of Saint Clara.

Monuments

The Cemetery of the Angels and the French Hospital are located on the northern side of Ano Syros. The funerary monuments of the cemetery are a rare collection of sculptural and architectural works that follow the principles of classicism. The most dominant types are the temples, sarcophagi and tombstones while the death is usually represented with delightful forms of angels.

The Cultural Center of Syros is located on the square of Miaoulis. The building was designed from the Italian architect P. Sampo in 1863. Inside the cultural center, one will have the opportunity to admire reproductions of the Cycladic Art Museum, the old ballroom with impressive murals, masks and ceiling paintings ant a wide collection of books of the municipal library. Numerous cultural events are held in the cultural center on an annual basis.

The Customs Office of Syros is located in the pier of the harbor of Syros. The building was designed from Alexandros Georgandas in 1860.  It is an impressive building entirely made from marble with a high aesthetic value. The customs office is built next to the Warehouses. The Warehouses were constructed with public expenditure and designed from I.B. Erlacher under the stewardship of Wilhelm von Weiler. Since the Interwar, the warehouses were no longer on operation. In 1994, the Cyclades Art Gallery was established in four warehouses of the southern ward.

The Historical Archive of Cyclades is housed in the Mansion of Ladopoulos in Hermoupolis. There, numerous important historical files are preserved from the period before and during Revolution of 1821. It is worth visiting the historical archive where you will have the opportunity to discover the extensive history of the Cyclades.

The Merchant Marine Academy served as the first telegraph office in Greece from 1880 till 1925. The three storey building was built in Hermoupolis in the 19th century. If you are a fan of the navy, you will have the opportunity to visit it and admire miniature models of ships, pictures of historical ships and numerous exhibits related to shipping.

The Square of Miaoulis is the main square of Hermoupolis. The square is one of the most beautiful squares of Greece that was influenced from the beau ideal of Italian squares of the 19th century. Although it used to be called Othonos Square after the first King of Greece, it was renamed to Leotsakos Square after the commander of the military guard and finally to Miaoulis Square following the homonymous hero of the Greek Revolution in 1889.

The Theatre of Apollon is located in Hermoupolis. The theatre was designed from the Italian architect P. Sampo. Considered as a miniature of Scala di Milano, the theatre opened its doors to the performance of Rigolletto by Verdi on April 20, 1864. Since then, it has hosted numerous historical performances. The interior of the theatre has Italian and French aristocratic patterns while the seats are made from red velvet and the ceilings have murals of poets and musicians. In the Hall of Memories, one will have the opportunity to admire posters, programs and costumes of artists who left their mark at d the theatre of Apollon.

The Town Hall of Syros is located in Hermoupolis. It is one of the most beautiful town halls of Greece that was designed from the philhellene Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller. Its façade has marble columns and large windows. Inside the town hall, one will have the opportunity to admire the wide Tuscan staircase and the busts of great benefactors of Syros as well as valuable furniture that existed from the inauguration of the town hall in 1898. The Archaeological Museum, the Court House, the Mortgage Offices and other public services are housed within the town hall of Syros.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Syros is housed in the Town Hall of Hermoupolis. The museum exhibits archaeological objects found in the entire area of the Cyclades. These include utensils and figures from islands of Amorgos, Aegina, Kythnos, Naxos and Paros along with weapons, tools and ceramics from the ancient settlements of Chalandriani and Kastri in Syros.

The Cycladic Art Museum is housed in the Cultural Center of Syros. The museum exhibits exact replicas of works from the Goulandris Cycladic Art Museum in Athens.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Syros is housed within the premises of the Church of Metamorphosis. Exhibits include icons, clerical vestments, liturgical utensils, tissue apparels and ecclesiastical woodcrafts. Also, the representation of a traditional house setting stands in the hall.

The Industrial Museum of Syros is housed in the dye factory of Kasimantis in Hermoupolis. The museum was established from the National Hellenic Research Foundation and it is the sole industrial museum in Greece. The museum exhibits old tanning and textile machines along with tools used in the shipbuilding yards of the port. Other exhibits include pictures, maps, plans and documents that were saved for the purposes of the exhibition.

The Museum of Markos Vamvakaris is located in Ano Syros. Markos Vamvakaris was one of the greatest rebetiko singers, musicians and composers whose birthplace was Ano Syros. The museum is dedicated to the life of Vamvakaris exhibiting photographs and personal items of the famous composer. Rebetiko was one of the most renowned music genres that was spread through Greek refugees coming from Asia Minor. Rebetiko spread after the destruction of Smyrna from the Turks from refugees who used this type of songs to express their poverty, hunger, pain and betrayal.

The Museum of the Municipality of Ano Syros is located in Ano Syros. One will have the opportunity to see a collection of instruments and household accessories. Moreover, objects and tools of traditional professions of a cobbler, a barber, a tailor, a carpenter and a fisherman are also exhibited in the museum.

Promenades & Villages

Ai Mihalis is a traditional village located on the north side of the island. It is one of the smallest villages of Syros inhabited only from eleven people. The few residents are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. The famous cheese of Syros, San Mihalis, is produced in this village! In the picturesque streets and the traditional houses of Ai Mihalis, one can find a few taverns where he can enjoy traditional food, cooked homemade. In a close distance from Ai Mihalis, you will find the area of Kambos with numerous taverns and glorious views. At last, lovers of hiking can follow the sign posted trails that lead to three of the most beautiful beaches of island namely Lia, Marmari and Grammata.

Alithini is a traditional village located on the central part of the island. Characterized as one of the balconies of Syros, here one can admire the most beautiful views of the island towards the city of Hermoupolis, the settlement of Ano Syros and the rocky isle of Didimi.  If the atmosphere is clear enough, you will be able to see the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Tinos from the other side!

The District of Ano Syros is the medieval settlement of Syros located on the east side of the island. Ano Syros has become the catholic district of Hermoupolis, as it is located on the left side of the city. It is one of the most beautiful settlements of Syros that was built amphitheatrically in order to protect the area from pirate invasions in 1.200 BC. The entire settlement resembles a defensive fortress with narrow alleys, stonewalls, wooden balconies and numerous arches and arcades. The coexistence of the Cycladic architecture with the medieval aristocratism gives an interesting atmosphere to Ano Syros. It is worth ascending to the Catholic Cathedral of Saint George that lies on the highest spot of the city in order to admire the astonishing views of Hermoupolis. Other monuments worth visiting include the Jesuits Monastery, the Capuchin Monastery and the Church of Agios Athanasios. It should also be mentioned that Ano Syros is the birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris, one of the greatest rebetiko singers, musicians and composers. The square of Ano Syra was named after him and a small museum in Piatsa is dedicated to the life of Vamvakaris exhibiting photographs and personal items of the famous composer.

Azolimnos is a seaside village located on the southeast side of the island. The charming settlement is home to one of the most popular beaches of Syros, as it is the closest beach to Hermoupolis. Numerous traditional events and festivals are held in the village throughout the summer. The taverns of Azolimnos are renowned for their delicious traditional specialties.

Chroussa is the greenest island of Syros located on the south of the island. Blessed with verdant vegetation, the beautiful settlement is home to the botanical gardens of the island that organize yoga classes. The Catholic Church of Panagia Faneromeni stands on the highest spot of Chroussa offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The church celebrates on September 24.  Another notable event is held on the first day of May, the day of flowers, from the Cultural Association of Chroussa followed from traditional dancing, food and wine.

Dellagracia, else known as Posidonia, is one of the most beautiful villages of Syros located on the southwest side of the island. The settlement was named Dellagracia after the catholic church of Panagia Madonna della Grazia while it was later named Posidonia, as it was a place of worship of God Poseidon. The beautiful settlement has many neoclassical mansions of fine architecture with grand gardens and palm trees that attest the aristocratic finesse and the nobility of Dellagracia. The most important mansion is the Mansion of Tsiropina that has been characterized as a historical and preserved monument from the Ministry of Culture. One will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular sunset from the stunning beach of Agathopes. It would be also be interesting to visit the oldest tennis court of Greece. Other monuments worth visiting is the catholic church of Agios Petros and the church of Agios Ioannis. On August 29, one of the largest traditional celebrations take place in the church of Agios Ioannis.

Episkopio, else known as Piskopio, is a mountainous village located on the center of the island. The first rulers of Syros built their holiday villas on the slopes of the green hill. The church of Prophet Elias stands on the top of the hill where the views are breathtaking. Within the limits of the village, there is the kokkinospito, a painted red house that feeds one of the most famous legends of the island and inspired Manolis Karagatsis to write his novel namely the Great Chimera.

Hermoupolis is the capital and harbour of Syros located on the east side of the island. Crowned as the capital of the Cyclades, Hermoupolis was founded from the refugees who came from various parts of Greece including Asia Minor, Chios and Psara. Those people managed to create the magnificent city of Hermoupolis that became the most important commercial shipping nation and cultural center of Greece in the 19th century. Hermoupolis owes her name to Hermes, the God of Trade. An irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical romanticism blend at the heart of the Cyclades. The neoclassical buildings and the magnificent monuments of Hermoupolis create a beautiful atmosphere with a unique diachronic vitality. Another jewel of the city is the district of Vaporia that is the aristocratic quarter of the city with the best preserved mansions. Other monuments include one of the most beautiful squares of Greece, the Square of Miaoulis, the most grandiose neoclassical building of Syros designed from Ernst Ziller, the Town Hall of Hermoupolis, and the theater of Apollon, an exact miniature of the Scala di Milano.

Finikas is a seaside village located on the southwest side of the island. Built around the natural bay, the beautiful settlement is ideal for those looking fro tranquillity and relaxation. It would be interesting to wander around the beautiful beaches in Finikas and Kokkina that overlook the western side of the island. The port of Finikas has a safe sea wall for refuelling of boats along with an organized marina for sailors. Finikas is the perfect place to be relieved from the stress of everyday life and an ideal place for tranquil holidays.

Galissas is a seaside village located on the west side of the island. The beautiful long sandy beach offers stunning sunset views while the charming harbor is filled with numerous traditional caciques. The taverns of Galissas are renowned for their delicious traditional specialties. Keep in mind that the sole campsite of Syros is found in the settlement. Lovers of hiking can follow a quaint path that leads to the remnants of the Venetian castle and the carved chapel of Agios Stefanos. Numerous events are held on an annual basis from the cultural associations of Galissas including the Wine Festival and the Horse Show. At last, pay a visit to the chapel of Agia Pakou to admire a beautiful sunset and the remnants of one of the most important archaic and classical centers of Ancient Syros.

Kini is a seaside village located on the west side of the island. The traditional settlement is known for the glorious colours of the sunset and the delicious fish specialties. Kini is the ideal place for those looking for relaxation and tranquillity. Worth visiting sights include the aquarium museum that exhibits fishing vessels and aquatic organisms. You should definitely visit Kini on August 15, the time when numerous events, festivals and exhibitions are held in honour of the Dormition of Virgin Mary. On the hill of Kini, you will find the church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary that offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Also, the local custom fotarides is held where the families light fires in tin cans, decorate the saddles of their houses and confer upon the children the embellishment of the beaches and the benches. The most interesting religious site of the village is the monastery of Agia Varvara with a wonderful view to Kini village. Inside the monastery, you will find a weaving workshop.

Megas Gialos is a seaside village located on the southern side of the island. The settlement is famous for the sinuous coves along with the beaches of Ambela and Megas Gialos. Lovers of hiking and exploration can follow the numerous paths of the surrounding area. On the hill of Megas Gialos, you will find the church of the Agios Antonios with astonishing views of the area. On January 17, the traditional celebration in honour of the saint is held at the village followed from wine and food.

Mytakas is a seaside village located on the north side of the island. It is one of the smallest villages of Syros inhabited only from twenty people. The beautiful settlement has managed to preserve the beauty of the traditional atmosphere of the area. If you pass by this village, it is worth tasting the traditional specialties in the few taverns of Mytakas. From here, the asphalt road leads to the highest peak of Syros namely Pyrgos (400m). There, you will admire one of the most astonishing views of the surrounding areas. Another detour leads to the settlement of Kyperousa with the beautiful rural mansion of Syrian architecture. From there, one can follow the trail that leads to the cave of Ferekidis. On September 8, the traditional celebration in honour of the patron saint of Panagia Kardiani is held in the village.

Platy Vouni is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. It is one of the smallest villages of Syros inhabited only from ten people. From here, one can follow the organized network of paths of Syros. The most notable include the ones that lead to the bay of Glysoura, the cave of Ferekidi and the archaeological site of Chalandriani.  Platy Vouni is considered to be the best place to enjoy the full moon of August!

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Agathopes, Southwest Syros

Spot: Beach of Azolimnos, Southeast Syros

Spot: Beach of Komito, Southwest Syros

Spot: Chapel of San Mihalis, North Syros

Spot: Church of Agia Pakou, West Syros

Spot: Village of Kini, West Syros

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Andros is blessed with the most mysterious characteristic in the climate and the natural environment of the Cyclades. Blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing streams, Andros is the most fertile island of the Cyclades! The capital of Andros is Hora, one of the most impressive maritime villages of the Aegean with centuries of naval tradition. Built on a granite peninsula, the beautiful village has an irresistible combination of disparate elements of Cycladic minimalism, medieval charm and neoclassical nobility. Beautiful neoclassical mansions and elaborately decorated buildings show the wealth of the rich maritime tradition of the island. Andros has a distinct identity with sceneries of unparalleled natural beauty. The natural terrain of the island boasts a rocky coastline with mountain ranges and ravines alternating with verdant valleys, fragrant lemon groves, large plane trees and flowing waters in combination with a rare flora and fauna hidden in the hinterland. The beautiful mountains of Andros host the inland villages of the island that  are connected with beautiful paths. An extensive network of trails spreads through the island and makes it the best way to explore it. Discover the hidden morphology of Andros with beautiful rivers and streams passing through archaeological monuments, old mills, stone walls, fountain squares and charming chapels alternating with dense forests and verdant valleys.

Boat Trip: The Island of Kythnos is a beautiful island with a calm atmosphere and barren landscapes of wild beauty.  The barren landscape of Kythnos has a mysterious wild beauty, where the sun rays are reflecting in an impressive way at the white colour of the houses and the deep blue of the sea. Messaria or Hora, the capital of Kythnos, is a true sample of the traditional architecture of the Cyclades.  Whitewashed houses and blue windows, stone windmills and light blue domes, labyrinthine alleys and flowery courtyards spread amphitheatrically around the mountain slopes of the dry sceneries of the island overlooking the Kythnian countryside. The  climate of Kythnos is clearly Mediterranean! The beautiful landscapes of the island seem like they have been untouched from the passage of time, as demonstrated from the whitewashed houses of Messaria and the two storey houses with red tiled roofs of Driopida. The paths of Kythnos are wonderful giving you the opportunity to discover the mountainous landscapes of the hinterland, the stone walls and the deep blue of the Aegean from the beautiful cells and stockyards, the most beautiful observatories of the Aegean. Marble fountains with flowing waters, the open air museum on the beach of Apokrousi with the scattered column capitals in the sand, the Byzantine fragments on the pathway leading to the Castle of Oria, the beautiful river with oleanders of Episkopi and the purple colour of the mountains from thyme, sage, fireflies and lizards will make you remember you own sounds of steps within the hidden abundance of the inland of this island forever.

Boat Trip: The Island of Paros is an island whose mysterious shine is rehabilitated from the passage of time. A glimpse of white in the deep blue of the Aegean is the main vestige of the long civilization that influenced the culture of Paros. Five thousands years ago, the island of Paros started to be inhabited remaining vigorous over the centuries. Distinguished for its magnetism, Paros desires to introduce to the travellers her exceptional identity. Characterized as one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades, Paros is ready to give you everything you need. The brightest jewel of the Cyclades is one of the most distinctive islands of the Cyclades embellished with whitewashed houses, blue domed chapels, narrow cobblestone labyrinthine alleys, turquoise beaches, mountainous villages and cultural monuments of great history crowned from the warm and hospitable Parians. Beauty and simplicity shines in this island, just like Paros radiates the sunlight of the Aegean reflecting on the magnificence of the deep blue. Touch and feel the energy of this island and you will not regret it! Paros ignites the imagination of the travellers since the prehistoric times; however, no one managed to conquer her! Are you ready, at least, to get to know her?

Boat Trip: The Island of Tinos is recognized as the largest pilgrimage center in the country. The noble island of Tinos can also be characterized as an unexplored island of mysterious beauties in terms of the verdant nature, the authentic villages, the ancient heritage, the folklore and the rich culinary traditions of her land. Indeed the endless sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of Tinos act as a magnet for travellers, however the gems of the island are the authentic villages. Mostly mountainous, forgotten in another era but with surprisingly verdant landscapes that do not resemble in any way the barren sceneries of the Cyclades. The fascination of Tinos lies in the hinterland and the nature, the preserved villages with the stone cells and the dovecotes, the ancient rural streets that lead in unexpected places. The mystery of the island lies in the art of painters and sculptors while the charm lies in the taste of the excellent products of Tinos. Above all, the magic of Tinos lies in the faith of the people, the pilgrims and the prayers. Except from the inexhaustible beauty of the island, Tinos is a place of spirit and enlightenment. With a long tradition in architecture, folklore art and sculpture, Tinos has managed to combine art, natural beauty and tradition in a very special way that will touch you spiritually!

Activities

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find a campsite in the village of Galissa.

Bicycling: The countryside of Syros is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Syros. Discover more information from Syros Cycling.

Diving: The varied coastline of Syros offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The isles of Psathonisi and Shinonisi, the cave of Dani and the reefs of Atsiganokastro and Kini are some of the most interesting diving spots. You will find diving centers in the city of Hermoupolis.

Hiking: Syros hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) The most beautiful networks are the trails passing from the old roads of Syros that used to connect the settlements. These trails served the transportation of marble from the old quarries to the cargo ships through the little ports. The majority of the trails of cultural interest are located on the northern part of Syros. The most beautiful trails include (a) Kambos – Lia Beach, (b) Hermoupolis – Episkopio Village – Tripiti Spring – Dani Hill, (c) Rihopo – Cave of Ferekidis – Platy Vouni Settlement. Discover more information from the Hiking Team of Syros.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of the island in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Syros. Two are the most interesting routes for off road driving in Syros. (1) Hermoupolis – Spring of Syrigga: Starting from the ring road of Syros on the north side towards Rihopo, keep to the left and surpass the wind generators following the dirt road to the right that leads to the Spring of Syrigga and the chapel of Agios Ioannis. (2) Ano Syros – Finikas – Kyperousa – Ferekidi Cave: This trail starts from the area of Ano Syros and heads northwest towards Finikas. It continues to the settlement of Kyperousa where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. The road that leads to the area of Rihopo and the cave of Ferekidis starts from this point.

Windsurfing: Syros is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beaches of Azolimnos, Fabrica are Komito are ideal for windsurfing lovers. You will find an organized windsurfing camp at the beach of Komito.

Yoga: Are you a yoga enthusiast? Syros offers the opportunity to enhance your stay by joining one of the regular yoga classes at the Botanical Garden in the village of Chroussa.

Beaches

Agathopes is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Syros with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sport facilities. The sunset should not be missed, as the view of the surrounding isles in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle.

Ahladi is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. The round bay is really picturesque with the little harbor full of fishing boats and traditional taverns by the sea. The surrounding landscape is really beautiful ideal for lovers of nature.

Ambela is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the turquoise side of the island. It is one of the smallest beaches of Syros ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. The whitewashed chapel on top of the beach offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

Armeos is a pebbled beach with blue waters located on the west side of the island. The beach is also ideal for those looking for seclusion and isolation. It is recommended to bring your snorkeling equipment with you, as the rich marine life is ideal for exploring. The cavernous church of Agios Stefanos is located within a walking distance from the beach.

Azolimnos is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. The small beach is ideal for swimming in crystal clean waters. There are numerous diving centers on the beach. The seaside taverns are famous for the fresh seafood. You should not miss visiting the church of Analipsi and admiring the views.

Dellagracia, else known as Posidonia, is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the west side of the island. It is an organized beach with numerous amenities and beautiful views towards the two small isles opposite the beach. The natural atmosphere is beautiful with tamarisk trees hanging over the crystal blue waters and the golden sand.

Finikas is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Syros with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and taverns. Many fishing boats and yachts anchor around the bay of Finikas, as it is sheltered from the northern winds.

Galissas is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is the most cosmopolitan beach of Syros with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and taverns. Galissas is amongst the best spots to watch the sunset on the island. Lovers of windsurfing can practice their favorite sport on this beach. The beach of Armeos is located within a walking distance from Galissas.

Grammata is a sandy cove with emerald waters located on the north side of the island. It is a deserted beach ideal for those looking for relaxation and isolation. Numerous tamarisk trees provide shade from the sun. The beach is also recommended for camping. Grammata is accessible either through the hiking trail from Delfini or by boat from Kini.

Kini is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The charming settlement is well organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports facilities. The seaside taverns are famous for their delicious fresh fish. The sunset should not be missed, as the view of the surrounding isles in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle.

Kokkina is a pebbled beach with blue waters located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Syros ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. The beach is secluded, so make sure you bring all the necessities with you.

Komito is a sandy and pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the island. It is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas. Komito is amongst the best spots to watch the sunset. Lovers of windsurfing can practice their favorite sport on this beach.

Lotos is a sandy beach with crystal clean waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Syros ideal for those looking for relaxation. Tamarisk trees provide natural shade from the sun.

Mega Gialos is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Syros with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns. The location of Mega Gialos offers access to numerous beaches of the southern part of the island.

Santorinii is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Syros ideal for those looking for tranquility and seclusion. Due to the orientation of the beach, Santorinii is protected from the seasonal northern winds.

Vaporia is the aristocratic district of Hermoupolis located on the eastern side of the city. Swimming in the crystal clear waters while watching the majestic neoclassical mansions of Hermoupolis and the beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Although Asteria is not a beach, it is suitable for diving from the platform.

Varvaroussa is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Syros along with the beaches of Aetos, Lia, Marmari and Grammata. All these beaches are totally isolated on the northern part of Syros. They are mostly preferred from free campers and sailing yachts.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Athimaritis: Traditional Pastries, Hermoupolis

Daidaddy: Ice Cream, Hermoupolis

Danos: Bakery, Hermoupolis

Django: Ice Cream, Hermoupolis

Elliniko Kafenio: Coffee and Aperitivo, Hermoupolis

Kivernio: Coffee, Dellagracia

Mellikraton: Coffee and Pastries, Hermoupolis

Ploes Cafe: Coffee, Vaporia

Remezzo: Coffee, Finikas

Siriano Kafepotion: Coffee and Pastries, Ano Syros

Swel Beach Bar: Coffee and Cocktails, Vari

Gastronomic Delights

Allou Yallou: Greek Cuisine & Seafood, Kini

Amvyx: Italian Cuisine, Hermoupolis

Apanohoritissa: Ouzo and Meze, Ano Syros

Filomila: Greek Cuisine, Azolimnos

Iliovasilema: Seafood, Galissas

Lilis: Greek Cuisine, Ano Syros

Κouzina: Mediterranean Cuisine, Hermoupolis

Mazi: Greek Cuisine, Hermoupolis

O Mitsos: Greek Cuisine, Alithini

Peri Tinos: Ouzo and Meze, Hermoupolis

Plakostroto: Greek Cuisine, San Mihalis

Sta Vaporia: Greek Cuisine, Hermoupolis

Vaporakia: Greek Cuisine, Ano Syros

Cocktails Inspirations

Asteria: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Baba Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Jar: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Kouchico: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Peiramatiko: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Podilato: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Suerte: Cocktails and Drinks, Hermoupolis

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include loukoumi, a gummy square size sweet flavored with rose and pistachio, halvodopita, a cake filled with almonds and nougat, the local cheeses of San Mihali and kopanisti, the red wine and the local honey.

The local specialties of the island include octopus with sundried tomatoes, pork with fennel paste, fried smelt with onions, lousa, a dish made from meat with pepper, cinnamon and spices, gouna, a dish made with sundried mackerel cooked on the grill, and marathopita, the traditional spinach pie with sausages and fennel.

Events & Festivals

Easter is honorary celebrated in Syros. As the island has a large community of Catholics, Easter is celebrated on the same period for the Catholic and Orthodox churches on the island.

Every year, the museums and galleries of Syros organize numerous artistic and cultural events on a monthly basis. Discover more information from the Municipality of Syros.

Every February, the Carnival of Syros takes place on the island. The festival involves a big carnival parade followed from music, dance and food. The carnival events are held in Ano Syros, Hermoupolis and Finikas.

Every May, the Syros Jazz Festival takes place on the island.

Every July, the International Film Festival of Syros takes place on the island.

On July 13 , the Aegean Ball Festival takes place on the island for a period of five days.

Every 27th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agios Panteleimonas takes place in the village of Finikas. The feast is celebrated with food, wine and traditional music and dancing.

Every July, the Festival of the Aegean takes place on the island. The festival attracts world-class musicians, dancers, and actors from dozens of countries, and has become a summer destination for lovers of the arts from Europe and beyond.

Every July, the Guitar Festival of Hermoupolis takes place in Hermoupolis. The festival includes solo concerns and guitar competitions.

Every August, the Loukoumi Festival takes place on the island.

Every August, the International Classical Music Festival of the Cyclades takes place in Syros hosting numerous cultural events on the Theatre of Apollon.

Every August, the Festival of Accordion takes place on the island.

Every 14th of August, the Fotarides Custom takes place in the village of Kini. The families light fires in tin cans, decorate the saddles of their houses and confer upon the children the embellishment of the beaches and the benches.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the village of Vari. The view of traditional boats decorated with flowers entering the bay is wonderful while visitors can enjoy local specialties and wine and listen to folklore music.

Every September, the Hermoupolia Festival takes place on the island. Discover more information from the Municipality of Syros.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, the island of Syros is the birthplace of God Hermes, thus the name of Hermoupolis (Hermes + polis, which means town in Greek). However, many authors and poets have written that Hermes was born in Arcadia.

History

Archaeological excavations show that Syros has been inhabited from 3rd millennium BC  in the areas of Chalandriani and Kastri. The first reference of the island was made from Homer under the name Syrie. Syros was first inhabited from the Phoenicians who moved around the Cyclades, followed from the Cretans, the Mycenaean and the Ionians. Remnants of ancient settlements have been found on the hill of Agia Pakou, Galissas village and west of Hermoupolis. The period between 3.000 BC and 1.900 BC is characterized as the period of the Cycladic Civilization, as the island was mentioned as the dominant culture of that time. During the 6th century BC, the island was occupied from the Samians, one of whom was the physician and philosopher Ferekidis, who became the teacher of the great scientist Pythagoras after moving to the island of Samos. During the Classical Years, Syros became a member of the Athenian Alliance and was autonomous. However, the Heronia Battle in 338 BC led to the dominance of the Macedonian Empire. In the Roman Years, Hermoupolis was the capital of the island and witnessed a great economical development, as evidenced from the bronze coins of Syros. Nonetheless, the Venetians played an important role in the cultural development of Syros making it an important trade center in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The constant pirate invasions forced the inhabitants to move on top of the hill, where the medieval settlement of Ano Syros lies today. In 1579, the notorious pirate Barbarossa attacked the island and occupied it on behalf of the Ottoman Empire. At that time, Syros enjoyed many privileges. Both Capuchins and Jesuits inhabited the island in the 17th and 18th century respectively. The island flourished greatly following the Revolution of 1821, when a massive wave of emigrants from Chios, Crete, Psara and Asia Minor settled in Syros using the island as the center of their trading. This gave a great economic boost to Syros. During that period, Hermoupolis was the number one commercial port of Greece. In 1830, the island became part of the State of Greece. However, the island suffered during the Italian and German occupation of the Second World War. During that period, thousands of the inhabitants died from serious diseases that period and the local economy was destroyed.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Syros has a national airport operating flights on a daily basis from the International Airport of Athens. The journey usually lasts forty five minutes to one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (102 Nautical Miles): Santorini is accessible by boat from the harbour of Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from three to four hours. Syros is also connected with the islands of Kythnos, Mykonos, Kimolos, Sikinos and Tinos amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

A Century of Knowledge on the Shelves of a Bookstore

The bookstore of Stathopoulos is one of the oldest bookstores of Greece. The bookstore was founded in 1912 from Stathis Stathopoulos. The charming bookstore houses special books of generations of poets and writers while the historical files of the bookstore contain local newspapers from 1901. The bookstore of Stathis Stathopoulos was awarded as one of the oldest businesses of Syros that contributed to the intellectual development of Hermoupolis. In an aristocratic city as Hermoupolis, places like the bookstore Stathopoulos have been characterized as distinct and make proud the authors! You will find the bookstore at 5, Stamatiou Proiou Street in Hermoupolis!

A Cavernous Chapel: Agios Stefanos in Galissas

The chapel of Agios Stefanos is one of the most beautiful chapels of Syros located in the village of Galissas. According to tradition, the chapel was built from a fisherman named Stefanos who was attacked from a giant octopus, and he was saved while praying to Agios Stefanos. The small cave with the running water and the legendary Catholic chapel create a mysterious atmosphere. The ideal time to visit the chapel is on August 19 during the religious celebration of Agios Stefanos, where the locals offer you wine and food.

Aperitivo at Syrianon Kafepotion in Ano Syros

Hiding in the alleys of Ano Syra, Syrianon Kafepotion is one of the best places to enjoy your cocktail in its lovely terrace overlooking one of the most beautiful views of Hermoupolis!

Cultural Explorations: The Festival of the Aegean

Every July, the Festival of the Aegean takes place on the island. The festival attracts world-class musicians, dancers, and actors from dozens of countries, and has become a summer destination for lovers of the arts from Europe and beyond.

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Syros offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Epano Meria

The northern part of Syros is one of the most unexplored areas of the island that consists from the settlements of Finikia, Kyperousa, Mytakas, San Mihalis, Kambos and Siringas. The route is quite interesting as it passes through barren and rugged sceneries through high points that offer panoramic views over the Aegean.

Full Moon Nights from the settlement of Plati Vouni

Plati Vouni is considered as the best place to enjoy the moon of August!

Handcrafted in Syros: Zylo Eyewear

In Syros, you will have the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful handcrafted wooden eyewear models! Eleni and Periklis decided to handle and shape wood in various ways and learn new techniques and procedures in order to create those beautiful eyewear. Discover more from the Website of Zylo.

Hiking at Its Best: Old Cobblestone Paths

Syros hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) The most beautiful networks are the trails passing from the old roads of Syros that used to connect the settlements. These trails served the transportation of marble from the old quarries to the cargo ships through the little ports. The majority of the trails of cultural interest are located on the northern part of Syros. The most beautiful trails include (a) Kambos – Lia Beach, (b) Hermoupolis – Episkopio Village – Tripiti Spring – Dani Hill, (c) Rihopo – Cave of Ferekidis – Platy Vouni Settlement. Discover more information from the Hiking Team of Syros.

Hop on the Perla Boat

Hop on the Perla boat with Captain Nick Printezis to visit the deserted beaches of Syros. The family atmosphere accompanied from a fabulous choice of music and local delicacies creates a beautiful experience. You can take the boat from the village of Kini.

It’s Sunset Time

One will have the opportunity to admire one of the best sunsets of Syros at the chapel of San Mihalis in the homonymous village!

Mastic, Pistachio or Roses: Loukoumi was Brought From Asia Minor and Chios

Syros is famous for the excellent loukoumi, a traditional gummy square sized sweet flavored with mastic, pistachio and rose. The recipe of loukoumi was brought from the emigrants of Asia Minor and Chios who settled on Syros following the Revolution of 1821.

Monster Hand, Jackpot or Ace High?

Are you interested in playing your favorite cards game? Do not worry Syros has it for you! The casino of Syros is located in the city of Hermoupolis!

Movies Under the Stars the Aegean Sky

The open air cinema in the Square of Miaoulis offers a relaxed vista under the bright stars of the Aegean. The cinema operates from June until September.

Observing like An Olympian God

Syros offers magnificent views to the endless blue of the Aegean. If you decide to hike to the archaeological site of Chalandriani, you will enjoy panoramic views of the northern side of Syros from the chapel of Panagia Chalandriani. The churches of Agia Pakou in the village of Galissas and the church of Agioi Anargyroi in Ano Meria also offer breathtaking views. The imposing church of Agios Dimitrios stands on the edge of a cliff in the homonymous village and offers views towards the endless blue of the Aegean! However, you will enjoy one of the most intriguing views of Hermoupolis from the church of San George in Ano Syros!

Off Road at Its Best: Syros Off the Beaten Track

Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of the island in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Syros. Two are the most interesting routes for off road driving in Syros. (1) Hermoupolis – Spring of Syrigga: Starting from the ring road of Syros on the north side towards Rihopo, keep to the left and surpass the wind generators following the dirt road to the right that leads to the Spring of Syrigga and the chapel of Agios Ioannis. (2) Ano Syros – Finikas – Kyperousa – Ferekidi Cave: This trail starts from the area of Ano Syros and heads northwest towards Finikas. It continues to the settlement of Kyperousa where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. The road that leads to the area of Rihopo and the cave of Ferekidis starts from this point.

Rhythms of Rebetiko under the Moon of August

Avgoustiatika Fegaria (Moons of August) is a series of nocturnal events organized in the settlement of Ano Syra. Musicians of the famous traditional music of Syros, namely rebetiko, gather and play this unique sort of music in the taverns called koutoukia and around the streets of Ano Syros.

Swimming under the Beauty of the Duchess

Vaporia is the aristocratic district of Hermoupolis located on the eastern side of the city. Swimming in the crystal clear waters while watching the majestic neoclassical mansions of Hermoupolis and the beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Although Asteria is not a beach, it is suitable for diving from the platform.

Myths and Legends: The Red House

The red house of Syros is a dilapidated two storey house in the village of Episkopio. The house is considered to be a haunted and sinful house, which inspired M. Karagatsis novel namely The Great Chimera. According to the legend, Marina Baré, a French woman who was married with Syrian captain Giannis Reizis, found consolation in the arms of Minas, the brother of her husband, since she could not stand the loneliness. On the same night, Marina lost her daughter with Giannis Anna from pneumonia while she got pregnant from Minas. Her mother-in-law drove away Minas after the funeral of her granddaughter. Then, Minas suicide and Giannis get informed of what had happened on his journey back. All this led Marina also to suicide. Since then, the house has been left abandoned as no one ever found the legal heirs. Many believe that the house still has bad energy and argue that whoever disturbed the peace and dared to move the furniture, died tragically under unsolved circumstances while others believe that these are myths! Will you dare to enter?

Philosopher’s Hideout: Cave of Ferekidis

Syros is the hometown of Ferekidis, one of the most important writers, philosophers and poets of Ancient Greece, also reported as the teacher of Pythagoras.  According to tradition, it is believed that the philosopher used to live in a cave on the island during the 6th century BC. The cave is located on the eastern side from the area of Rihopo of Ano Meria.

Salty and Spicy: San Mihali Cheese

San Mihali is a traditional cheese produced on the island of Syros. It is one of the most expensive cheeses of Greece that has been declared as a Product with Designation of Origin. The cheese has a cylindrical shape and a hard texture while the flavour is salty and spicy. The name of the cheese comes from the homonymous village.

Wines of Syros: Fabrica and San Ta Maratha:

The winery of Syros is a small sized winery located in Lagada in Talanda village. Founded from the oenologist Nikolaos Hatzakis, he decided to take advantage of the unique characteristics of the Cycladic vineyards and the microclimate of Syros in order to produce two wine labels! Mr. Hatzakis plans to open the winery for visitors in the summer of 2015!

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Aetos Beach: Nikos Iper by Panoramio

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Church of Agia Pakou: Dimitrios Dimi by Flickr

Delfini Beach: DaviNet by Panoramio

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Kastri Hill: Agones by Panoramio

Kini Sunset: Argyris Angelopoulos by Panoramio

Kini Village: Jack 56 by Flickr

Komito Sunset: Argyris Angelopoulos by Panoramio

Lotos Beach: Jack 56 by Flickr

Monastery of San George: Paula McMillen by Flickr

Rugged Scenery: Graeme Churchard by Flickr

San Mihalis: Costas Stasinopoulos by Panoramio

Santorinii Beach: John Liko by Panoramio

Varvaroussa Beach: DaviNet by Panoramio