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. 


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

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