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Ermoupoli, Syros

Ermoupoli is the capital and the main port of Syros.

Ermoupoli

View of Ermoupoli from Ano Syros

In Antiquity, there was a settlement called Syria, but we know very little how it was like. There is no visible trace of ancient ruins.

In Byzantine period and Middle Ages, the inhabitants moved toward a hill (today’s Ano Syros) in fear of pirates, and it had been the main settlement of the island until 19th century.

Ermoupoli was founded by the refugees and immigrants from Chios and Psara during the War of Independence.

The scenery of Ermoupoli is characterized by gorgeous 19th century buildings.

The centre of Ermoupoli, Miaoulis Square, is one of the most beautiful and ‘European’ square in Cyclades.

Miaoulis Square, Ermoupoli

Miaoulis Square, Ermoupoli

The imposing Town Hall was built between 1876 and 1891, first by Ernst Ziller and continued later based on his planning.

Town Hall, Ermoupoli

Town Hall, Ermoupoli

Just behind the Square is the Apollo Theatre, first opened in 1864. Lastly restored and reopened in 2000.

Apollo Theatre, Ermoupoli

Apollo Theatre, Ermoupoli

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Beaches in Syros

Kini Beach, Syros

Kini Beach, Syros

The major beaches of the island are served by KTEL buses and well reachable from Ermoupoli even for those who do not have car or motor-bike.

Kini Beanch

Kini Beach in Syros

Kini Beach in Syros

Beach Bar in Kini, Syros

Beach Bar in Kini, Syros

The busiest beach we saw when we visited was Kini, on the western side of the island. There are many parasols and sun beds for rental. The famous taverna Allou Gialou is on this beach. It takes about 15 min. bus ride from Ermoupoli.
Kini Beach, Syros Kini Beach, Syros
Rental fee of parasol and sun bed was about 1.50 Euro p.p.

Azolimnos Beach

Azolimnos Beach

Azolimnos Beach, Syros

Azolimnos Beach

Azolimnos Beach, Syros

One of the closest beaches from Ermoupoli. Although it is small, there are several tavernas. If you take a clock-wise direction bus from Ermoupoli, you are here in 10 or so minutes. There are many tavernas and some beach bars.

Vari Beach

Vari Beach, Syros

Vari Beach, Syros

Vari Beach, Syros

Vari Beach, Syros

A beach on the southern coast of the island. There are some tavernas and a beach bar. We did not enter into the water, but it looked shallow.

Megas Gialos (Big Beach)

Megas Gialos, Syros

Megas Gialos, Syros

Megas Gialos, Syros

Megas Gialos, Syros

Another beach on the southern coast. Despite its name, it is not quite big. The beach itself does not have any organized bathing facility (at least when we visited in June 2014), although there is a cafeteria just across the road. There is a chapel dedicated to Saint Antonios.

Komito Beach

Komito Beach, Syros

Komito Beach, Syros

Komito Beach, Syros

Komito Beach, Syros

This is an isolated beach without facility, so bring your supplies.

Agathopes Beach

Agathopes Beach, Syros

Agathopes Beach, Syros

Agathopes Beach, Syros

Agathopes Beach, Syros

A beach on the south west coast. There are tavernas and cafeterias. You can swim seeing Schinonisi and Strogyllo islets in front.

Finikas Beach

Finikas, Syros

Finikas, Syros

Finikas, Syros

Finikas, Syros

Finikas is a relatively large settlement, but the beach is small. There are restaurants and cafeterias.

Galissas (or Galissa) Beach

Galassas Beach, Syros

Galassas Beach, Syros

Galassas Beach, Syros

Galassas Beach, Syros

A beach on the south west coast of the island and quite large. There are many rental parasols. Strangely most of the restaurants are not by the sea.

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Syros, Cyclades

City Hall of Ermoupoli

 

The island of Syros belongs to the Cyclades.

From Piraeus, it takes about 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Ermoupoli – the capital and the main port of the island – by ferry boat. In the summer 2014, a one way ticket between Piraeus and Syros cost about 30 Euro. During the summer high season, there are also Highspeed boats departing from Piraeus and it takes about 2.5 hours (a ticket costs 47.5o Euro in 2014).

The population includes numerous Catholics. There are two hills look over Ermoupoli and on the top of each there is a Catholic and an Orthodox church.

The Catholics are descendants of Genoese and Venetian settlers of the Crusader and Turkish domination period. During the Greek war of independence, many refugees from Chios, Psara, and Crete settled here and the Orthodox population increased.

Among the Greeks, Syros is most famous for its production of Loukoumia (i.e. Turkish/ Greek delights) and another sweet called Halvadopita. 

Reference

  • Robin Barbar, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), p. 642-43.