So, we decided that for our final trip we would head to the island of Syros. The ferry from Piraeus took around 4 hours and it involved another early morning for us with us getting the ferry at 7:30am. On arriving in Syros, we found the capital of the Cyclades island, Hermoupolis which offered beautiful architecture that proved to be different than the other Cyclades islands.
Our first point of action was to rent a car. There are many places to do this, and we found a little rental shop across from where the ferry docked. There were 4 of us in total and this meant that for 2 full days the price came to 15 euros each.
Once rented we drove to our hotel. Out hotel ‘Evi Evan hotel’ was situated in the smaller working village of Galissas with just a 5-minute walk to the beach, it also had a few restaurants and shops. I could not recommend this hotel more, family run with amazing service! We were their first guests of the season and I am so glad we picked it. If you ever find yourself in Syros look up this hotel and you won’t be disappointed.
One of the restaurants in Galissas was ‘Alex’s Grill’ so obviously we had to try the food. Again, we were not disappointed. The food was so tasty and reasonably priced while also looking out at one of the chapels situated on the cliff side.
The next stop was the old medieval settlement near the port. This had lovely little streets with shops and cafes along them and a monastery in the middle. Although, if you’re not careful you will find yourself lost in these Greek streets for hours. I would recommend going here for early evening, after 6pm, as many things aren’t open due to it being far too hot.
After this hot walk around old town we decided to lounge on the beach in the village named ‘Kini’. Here they also have an aquarium, however, we never managed to visit it due to needing to cool off in the sea or it being closed. If you end up heading to this beautiful island and go to the aquarium let us know what it is like!
Here you can also take a walk around to the end point where fishermen can be seen sending their lines out in hopes of a catch.
That night we ate in Ora Baresto which was in the town ‘Finikas’. The food here again was really good, and they offered sea food at a reasonable price which I’m sure would be fresh as the seating is right along the seafront.
The next day we decided to do some beach hopping and have a more relaxing day. Starting on Galissass beach which is the one closed to our hotel we then went on to Vari beach. This was beautiful laid out with sun loungers and crystal-clear water. We had lunch in one of the beach side restaurants meaning we could use their sun loungers and relax for a few hours. The next one we tried was Ampela, this for all of us was the nicest of the three as it offered quiet seas and we were the only ones on the beach for the most part of our stay there. By Ampela there is also a church on the cliff over-looking the sandy beach. We decided to give this a look, however, this did not go to plan as we ended up walking into someone’s front garden next to their pool. Although we had thought we had gone unnoticed we soon were caught as we heard a voice coming from behind us asking what we were doing. Luckily, we don’t look like the robbing type and got up to the church in the end. Although, we did find a different road leading back down so we didn’t have to embarrass ourselves further.
Following this incident we thought it best to head back to the hotel before sunset.
We watched sunset in Kini village as it sets straight over the sea there.
For dinner we decided to go to the medieval settlement/ old town near the port. On walking around thinking we were lost we soon found a restaurant with the most beautiful view over the town and port. The food here was incredibly good and they also served cocktails to settle your thirst from walking around attempting to find such a restaurant.
The next day we were heading back to Athens and back to reality soon enough for Alex and I as we prepared ourselves to head back to England.
This was the perfect island to finish our adventures of Greece as we relaxed and still had enough time to sightsee. If you’re looking for some more traditional Greek islands look no further! Syros is for you.
Written & Published By: Elly Babe (@elly_babexxx)
We are three Brighton University students who have been given the opportunity to study at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. This blog will be our way of sharing our experiences of living and studying in Greece, plus will include tips and advice for those also looking to study abroad or even just visit Athens.
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