Majestic Syros: also known as the “Duchess of the Cyclades”, is nestled cozily in the heart of the Aegean. Just a quick hydrofoil ferry from Athens, its favorable position also allows access to a handful of nearby Cycladic islands such as Tinos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Sifnos.
Arriving at Syros’ port Ermoupolis, is a sensation for the eyes: the deep blue of the Aegean mixes with the pastels of neoclassic buildings creating a breathtaking and refreshingly different stance to the classic white-blue buildings of the Cycladic islands.
The island is perfect for families, couples or even groups of friends, as it offers something for everyone: from the stunning architecture of Ermoupolis and Ano Syros, to the culture (don’t miss a visit to City Hall, you can also have a gorgeous civil wedding ceremony here), traditional food, and authentically Greek beaches.
If you’re planning on exploring the island for more than 5 nights, we highly recommend one of the many luxury serviced villas available on requset, throughout the island (psst… just give us a shout and we’ll send over fabulous options).
A weekend trip to Syros, of course, is always a fantastic idea, so we’ve listed some of our favorite places & things to do on the island…
Where to Stay
Ploes: A 19th Century neoclassic mansion, boasting traditional Syros design and incomparable views to the port. The walls are adorned with contemprary art while one of a kind Venetian chandeliers dangle from the ultra high ceilings…
Prices Starting from: 180EUR/night
Wind Tales: Inviting, secluded and private, this guest house is made up of 3 gorgeous rooms, and located in Ano Syros (once a Mideval settlement). Situated under the Catholic monastery of Saint George, each room has a unique story to tell through its decor. The private verandas are where you can relax and enjoy breafkast with views of the Aegean sea and neighboring islands Tinos, Mykonos, Rinia and many more on the horizon…
Prices starting from: 100EUR/night
Where to Eat
One of the island’s most stunning dinner spots, Mazi is built among the ruins of an old building, with gorgeous bouganvilleas cascading down the walls and open air roof. The menu is primarily Greek Mediterranean with a flair, in an utterly romantic and atmospheric setting.
Not feeling hungry? The bar is just as inviting with an award winning mixologist so you can enjoy delicious summer cocktails.
On the family friendly beach of Kini, this taverna serves up fresh & modern iterations of classic Greek island recipes. From local veggies and cheese, to fresh fish caught by the island’s fishermen, it is an experience for your taste buds and those seeking an elevated taverna experience. Go for lunch after a long day at the beach or a cozy dinner with your special someone, listening to the gentle waves..
Enjoying a panoramic view, this traditional eatery sits next to the Vamvakari Museum in Ano Syros, and excels in authentic Greek meze bites. This is where you’ll get that traditional Greek experience, complete with live music and dancing…!
Where to Swim
A beautiful golden sand beach boasting turqoise shallow waters – a perfect choice for all visitors. You’ll find the locals’ favorite beach bar-restaurant ‘ONO Concept’ here, where you can lounge on beach beds & umbrellas all day – just to make sure to get there early during the busy months!
Agathopes is a point of reference for tourists in the summer, while spring visitors may be so lucky as to encounter Monachus Monachus seals along with a rare type of lily, which grows in the area.
The favorite beach of Catherine Deneuve, it is an ideal “off the beaten path” choice, exquisite for relaxing and shielded from the winds on most days.
The Northern Beaches
For the more adventurous visitors, explore the island’s natural beauty and visit the untouched Northern Beaches. Crystalline azure waters, mystery, serenity and a story behind every coast. Make sure to explore “Grammata” beach with ancient inscriptions engraved on the rocks by sailors and “Varvarousa” beach allegedly named after Ottoman pirate Hayreddin Barbarossa who hid behind its white rocks.
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