Simi is a tiny island of Dodecanese that amazes visitors with the calm atmosphere and the fabulous architecture. In fact, Simi island has one of the most impressive ports in the Greek islands, with elegant mansions constructed amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill and offering breathtaking view to the sea from any spot. A promenade along the port is fabulous for a romantic evening. The beaches of the island are small but clean. Some can be organized and others are secluded, but they all provide a relaxing atmosphere for your Simi holidays. An interesting sight is the Monastery of Panormitis, on the southern side of the island. Ideal for families and couples, Simi can be visited for vacations or for a day trip from Rhodes.
Symi is located 41km north-northwest of Rhodes. Its main town, commonly referred to by the same name as the island itself, is divided in two parts: the harbourside one, called Gialós, and the adjacent one on the slopes of the hills, called Chorió. There is a stony stairway of 500 steps leading to the upper part of the town. The locals call it Kalí Stráta, which means “good way”; what else could be called such a wonderful walkway under the trees with the satisfying view over Gialos?
Although mountainous, the island is dotted with small valleys. One of those beautifully reaches the sea to form an enticing cove. It’s on that coast that you’ll find the scenic village of Pedi. You can visit Pedi Bay with the buses from Symi Town. Pedi is a small seaside village with few houses, surrounded by olive oil trees and bushes. The beach is narrow but clean. One of the island’s most famous landmarks is the monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis on the southwest coast. Built in the early 18th century, it overlooks the bay bearing its name, in an awesome setting combining mountain and sea. What is more, it is dominated by the imposing built-in-1905 bell tower.
There is no lack of beautiful beaches on the island. Tourists love the fact that many of them are off the beaten track and reachable only by (taxi) boat. Some of them are sandy, some of them are pebbly, some of them are situated on small islets around Symi (Agia Marina, Agios Emilianos, Nimos, Sesklia) but all of them are bathed by crystal clear water. Here are some names: Nos, Agios Georgios, Agios Nikolaos, Nanou, Marathounta, Faneromeni, Agios Vassilios, Nimporios, and Maroni.
Enjoy your stay at Symi,
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