Greek Islands Guide
Symi, is a Greek island located 24 nautical miles from Rhodes and within 5 nautical miles from the Turkish coast. It is one of a group of Greek islands known as the Dodecanese.
Symi is the eighth largest island in the group, with a population of approximately 3000 which is only a fraction of what it was during the islands sponge fishing and shipbuilding heyday.
The magnificent neo-
The magnificent horseshoe shaped harbour, is one of the most beautiful small ports in the Greek islands. Around the harbour area can be found a good selection of cafes, bars and tavernas. Chorio, located higher up, is less developed, and retains more of a traditional Greek atmosphere. Chorio is reached by a steep climb of almost 400 steps known as the Kali Strata. Whereas the harbour area can become crowded, especially when the tour boats from Rhodes arrive, the upper town is very rarely anything but peaceful. Those who choose to make the clime, are rewarded with some incredible views.
The enclosed bay at Panormitis is dominated by the Monastery of the Archangel Michael, with its highly decorated, mock-
The sand and shingle beach of Pedi Bay is one of the more popular beaches on Symi, and can be reached by walking from Chorio, or by takikng a taxi or small boat. Another popular beach named Nanou Nanou, is located in a large sweeping bay, this pebble beach can be reached by taxi-