The small and picturesque island of Symi is the 8th biggest of the Dodecanese group. An island that has many beautiful sights and memories to show, regardless its small expansion.
Most of its 2.500 citizens are up with trades, hotel units, restaurants, transfers and communications while all their activities are affined with tourism. Other sections that the citizens distinguish are in is the agriculture, the stock raising, fishery, shipbuilding, wood carving and furniture manufacturing.
The tour begins at Gialos were we can see pure the physiognomy of this island that it keeps its neoclassical character in architecture and has authentically sealed as "Historically Preservalbe Settlement". The double-bottomed ad triplex houses with the tiled-roofs and the balconies with the austere ironworks have as their characteristic type the color of ochre and the brown shutters. In this scene of Symi island characterizes Rolohi building, constructed in 1881 and in front the campanile of Evaggelistria and the "Pigeon of Peace" statue made by Costas Balsamis.
The two sides of the port are joined with a gorgeous lithic bridge, "kalderimi" and closed to it there is the scenic residence of the Customs. Then you meet Kampos Square where the Hero's Tomb has been created with the bust of the history professor Michael Volonakis.
Our trip continues at Chorio village. Here of much interest are the temples, the valuable holly vessels and the graveled backyards in the big and beautiful churches like Megali Panagia Tou kastrou, Panagia I Charitomeni, Agia Triada, Peiraiotissa, Ai Thanasis, Ai Lefteris, Stavros, Ai Dimitris, Ai Nikolas, Agios Panteleimonas and Ai Giorgis. At Panagia Tou Kastrou Church you can admire the icon of the Second Coming made by the post-Byzantine hagiographer Georgios Clontzas.
The central square of Chorio village has a playground, taverns, stores, coffee shops and it is its center. At this square you can watch many cultural exhibitions at the festivals that take place every summer. Near the Union of the village you can visit Peteinakis House with the characteristic architecture of Symi and the four-bottomed House of Chatziagapitos-Chatziioannou with its famous Hall. Nearby there is Pharmacidis Houses were the Archaeological-Folklore Museum of Symi has been previously hosted.
Of much interest is also Spetsaria, the old municipal pharmacy with the glass pots and the characteristic labels that today operates as the public clinic for the citizens.
Afterwards you can visit Panhormitis Bay. The monastery existing has been developed into a big pile with many green. The existence of this historical abbey since the 15th century has been confirmed by a script of 1460 that was saved there until 1862. The establishment of Panhormitis Abbey has been related with the devotion of the citizens. There you can admire the silver sheathed icon of Michael. In this abbey there have been also found the Spiritual Art Museum and the Folklore Museum. There is also the Library with the post-Byzantine scripts. On summer the abbey is hosting in its cells a big number of holidaymakers offering their comfort at a small value.
Also wonderful is the route between Symi town and Panhormitis village. There we will meet Agios Konstantinos and the thick and lifeblood Cypress Forest and the churches of Panagia I Strateri, Agios Ioannis, Agios Dimitris, Agia Marina tis Neras and the monastery of Megalos Sotiris. At the opposite there is a path that leads at the rock wine-presses.
On summer many boats and sloops begin their daily routes to the wonderful beaches of the island.
Nos is the most famous and Agios Georgios Dysalonas is the most impressive with its characteristic vertical rock of the 300 m. Height. Agios Nicolaos is a sandy beach with trees offering their shade and Nanou is picturesque and cypress-verdant. Marathounta southwards is a narrow bay with limpid waters just like Agios Aimilianos westwards where the land is narrowing creating an islet with a beautiful church. Agios Vasileios is one of the most beautiful shingle beaches inside a big and deep bay surrounded by mountains with rare wild cypresses and eventually we find Nimporeio, the big, marvelous and also with shingles beach only 15 minutes on foot from the port of the island.
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lousat (57510) 2013-02-13 1:46
Hi Maria,i lost the boat from Rhodes to Symi and i'm said looking your magnificent pic from this small and beautiful island..ehehe...great capture of the old town whit these spectacular houses painted whit pastel colors,i hope to come back soon!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (36119) 2013-02-13 4:28
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o ostrvu sa datim podacima , i istorijom ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep camac i kuce.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu ostrvu.
Very interesting and good text on the island with the given data, and history ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Nice boat and house.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best with the beautiful memories of the visit to the island.
Sergiom (39078) 2013-02-13 5:58
On ne peut demander plus beau point de vue sur la ville qui grimpe aux flancs de la montagne. Il y a beaucoup d'information dans l'image qui est lumineuse.
Sonata11 (28209) 2013-02-13 8:02
this so beautiful and charming place. Thanks for nice information. Executed beautifully perfectly well. Amazing architecture with beautiful pastel colors, sharpness, claritu, perspective, I like your pov and depth as well great. Awesome photo. Tfs.
ikeharel (37190) 2013-02-13 9:05
Simi is a nice theme in your gallery, Maria, and I recognize already the village facades along the watefront, once saw this.
Sailbaot and the bigger ferry mingle well with the houses on shore, and clock-tower betweeen. The colors and clarity were super.
cornejo (17972) 2013-02-13 10:58
Hello Maria, very pretty picture of this view of the interesting and beautiful city. Pretty well composed and framed picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Lovely job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of week.
Greetings from southern Spain.
Schnappilic (7895) 2013-02-13 11:31
Splendid presentation of this beautiful island with white houses. TFS!
Miguel82 (7657) 2013-02-13 12:35
This is a magnific compo Maria
Like so much the different layers visible on your picture
A superb place
Very sharp shot with vivid colors and good light
tomi1 (1918) 2013-02-13 13:59
You have been visting me on the photo taken in Buzios. I still would like to go there again and stay longer to have some contact in the local people. There could speak with a portuguese owner of a big restaurant. But seeing your photo in Symi I wonder where people may have their jobs. Perhaps the island has industry in the inner part of the island. To climb the roads on foot everyday exercises the legs. Every houses seem to be of good construction and they are big ones. Enough for having a quiet life there. The view is so dazzle! Warm regards. Tomi
dip (21873) 2013-02-13 22:48
ωραία η καλοκαιρινή σκηνή από τη Σύμη,στη καρδιά του χειμώνα,με τα όμορφα σπίτια της στον λόφο πάνω απ'το λιμάνι,μία φωτογραφία που ξυπνάει την διάθεση για καλοκαιρινές διακοπές!
Graal (88784) 2013-02-13 23:36
very nice view here. Image like from beautiful post card. Pleasant summer your remembrance. Place and photo I like.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (36709) 2013-02-14 5:01
Spectacular place. I like the shapes and the colors of the houses. Well seen.
Noel_Byrne (7209) 2013-02-14 11:09
What a beautifully busy shot :) I always love these towns that are spread across the hills before the sea, and this is a perfect example. Again, the buildings designs all look to me like little miniature temples, and make a wonderful display of colour and design here.
The two ships make a great frame to that really attractive clock tower too.
All the best
jemaflor (68781) 2013-02-15 0:17
Nice pov with this beautiful village and all these houses with color, perfect light capture and composition, tfs.
PaulVDV (15017) 2013-02-15 13:57
That big boat brings lots of new visitors to this small but beautiful island. Your chosen POV gives good opportunities to admire the wonderful architecture of the town.
Beautiful pastel colours of the facades.
Best regards, Paul
ourania (12249) 2013-03-11 14:31
μια πολύ όμορφη άποψη της Σύμης που συνδυάζει στο ίδιο κάδρο τμήματα και από τις δυο πλευρές του κόλπου. Η φωτογραφία σου έχει θαυμάσια καθαρότητα και μας επιτρέπει να χαρούμε την υπέροχη αρχιτεκτονική και τις λεπτομέρειες που μας δίνουν μια ιδέα για την καλοκαιρινή όψη του νησιού. Το φως και τα χρώματα είναι πάρα πολύ ευχάριστα. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καληνύχτα,
COSTANTINO (42744) 2013-03-12 7:07
what a beautiful capture...shot that brings
memories from the summer,excellent postacard
with freshness and lightness
spectacular houses painted with pastel
have a nice evening
jmdias (45762) 2013-03-21 18:04
this image remember me isla del sol in bolivia, and I remember while there I thought: this looks like greece.
very beautiful details with the layers of houses in the slope. I liked the indirect light here.