Sými – A unique Greek Island close to Rhodes

The small island of Sýmiis deservedly the most popular day trip from Rhodes, about an hour away by the fastest craft. Arrival at Sými’s major port, Gialós, offers one of the most impressive vistas in Greece. Hundreds of neoclassical stone facades and iron balconies combined with thousands of pastel-hued shutters rise from the harbourside up the slopes. High above Gialós and just out of sight lies Horió, the island’s inland village, reached either by 357 broad stone steps, the Kalí Stráta (the ‘Good Road’), or, less strenuously, by bus from the south quay. Horió is crowned by the inevitable Knights’ castle, built amid the ruins of Sými’s ancient citadel.

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