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Syros is poised to become the next "it" place to visit in Greece. I recently spent three weeks exploring the island and came up with the top reasons you should start planning your own visit!

Syros is poised to become the next "it" place to visit in Greece. I recently spent three weeks exploring the island and came up with the top reasons you should start planning your own visit!

Syros is poised to become the next "it" place to visit in Greece. I recently spent three weeks exploring the island and came up with the top reasons you should start planning your own visit!

Located 78 nautical miles from Athens in the Aegean Sea, Syros is poised to become the next “it” place to visit in Greece.

I recently spent three weeks exploring the island and came up with the top reasons you should start planning your own visit!

History

The island is only 84 square kilometers and about 20,000 people living on it (the largest population of all the Cyclades Islands), but it still feels almost like a village.

Syros has an interesting and varied history. The island was even mentioned in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ as Syrie.

The island was once one of the most important commercial shipping centers in all of Greece and acted as the portal to Turkey and Egypt. During that time, the island was very prosperous. You can still see evidence of this is the impressive neoclassical architecture of the town hall, one of the largest in all of Greece.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

Syros is covered in hills, and Catholic churches sit on several of them. Catholicism was the island’s primary religion during the Latin period.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

It was fascinating to tour several of the churches and learn about Catholicism’s long standing influence over the island.

The beaches

No visit to a Greek island would be complete without some time spent on the beach.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

Syros has several amazing beaches, and because it’s not yet as touristic as other places in Greece, they weren’t nearly as crowded!

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

The people

Syros is actively courting tourism; they genuinely want to share their island with visitors. Unlike other Greek islands that are overrun with tourists, Syros still feels a bit undiscovered, especially when you venture outside of Ermoupolis.

What does this mean for you? You’ll find friendly shop owners excited to open their businesses to you. You’ll encounter restauranteurs glad to go over their menus with you.

And occasionally, you might even encounter fisherman modeling the days catch for you:

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Photo credit: Jordan Simons of The Life of Jord

 The Scenery

Syros is unintentionally littered with Instagram moments just waiting to happen.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

All over the island, as you wander the narrow, winding streets, you’ll find picture perfect scenes.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

If you want even more shots of the gorgeous scenery Syros has to offer check out World Travel Bug’s post that is loaded with incredible shots of the island!

The Colors

I remarked several times about the colors during my time on Syros. The colors are just different in Greece, specifically on Syros.

The aquamarine shades of the ocean are more vivid.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

The bright colors of the flowers set against the whitewashed buildings are more intense.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

The Cats

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest animal lover in the world. However, the cats of Syros are gorgeous and seriously photogenic.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

Rumor (legend?) has it that as Syros was a port town, ships were frequently coming in and out, as they tend to do in port towns.

With the ships came rats. Lots of rats.

To combat the rat problem, snakes were brought in (But why? I’m unsure — this is how rumors and legends go) and became quite the problem themselves.

So to fight the now combined rat/snake issue, cats were introduced.

Why weren’t the cats brought in before the snakes? Who knows. But, the cats are here to stay, and I didn’t see one rat or snake the entire time I was on the island, so it must be working.

The cats even have their own hashtag on Instagram:

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The Food

Of course it wouldn’t be one of my posts if I didn’t talk about the food. I had tried Greek food before, but as I’m sure you know, having a country’s food when you’re actually there is an entirely different experience.

Being an island in the middle of the ocean, as islands are known to be, Syros has an amazing selection of seafood.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

For a complete list of the best Syros restaurants click here

There are also Greek dishes unique to or specialties of Syros, such as this delicious fennel pie known as marathopites:

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

The Sunsets

Nearly everyday of the the trip, we made sure to find our way to the beach or a beachside restaurant to watch the sun set over the ocean.

Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

We were never disappointed as we watched the sky turn brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow before finally disappearing.


Have I convinced you to visit Syros, Greece yet? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Andrea

Monday 27th of July 2020

Hi,

I am going to Syros for a few days and was thinking of dropping Tinos entirely and adding more time in Siros. What do you think? I love walking, hiking, eating, culture, a day or 2 at the beach but walking to places and chilling is more my thing. Seaside restaurants as well are on my list and my fav food in the whole world octopus. I don't like to rush just to check things off my list (I spent 8 days in Athens and 8 in Ios which some people do in 2). But I only stayed 4 in Naxos and I'm in Mykonos now and wished I had skipped it (2nd time here and it's changed in 10 years!! ).. I say all this to give you and idea of what Iike. Will 2 weeks be to much in Siros?

Thanks Andrea

Nathan

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

Hello! I love Syros but I think two weeks might be a bit too much time. I would stay maybe one week maximum. It's not a large island so one week should give you plenty of time to see and do all that you want to do! Enjoy your trip, I can't wait to get back there myself!

Tammy Thomas

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Hi Nathan, thank you for the posts. Is Syros easy to get to from Athens via ferry?

Nathan

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Tammy- yes! We went by ferry from Athens. We went first class and the voyage was very enjoyable. I wish I could remember the name of the company but it was a press trip so the organizers handled the details but it was a nice journey. We have coffees, juices and pastries and enjoyed the stunning scenery en route.

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Tuesday 28th of January 2020

[…] Syros is the perfect Greek island to plan a visit to. It is not (yet) as known as some of the other islands so it’s a great alternative to busier islands. It’s still possible to find a stretch of beach to yourself. The locals are genuinely happy when tourists visit their island and they will open their shops and restaurants to you. I spent three weeks on Syros last summer, mostly full of lazy beach days, long naps, late dinners and I finished more than one book while I was there. Like the rest of Greece, there is amazing food to be found, friendly locals, interesting history and as a bonus- some of the best sunsets Greece has to offer. […]

Sonia

Sunday 7th of January 2018

hello, can I ask you when you went to Syros? I normally have my Greek holidays at the end of June (I visit a different island every year) however this year it looks like I will have to go in the middle of July and I am worried about the crowds as I don't like Mykonos-type of places. Thank you :)

Nathan

Monday 8th of January 2018

Sonia- I was in Syros at the beginning of October! While I'm sure it will be more crowded than it was in October I don't see Syros being overly crowded. It's still a bit off the radar. I hope you go and enjoy the island as much as we all did!

Anita Hendrieka

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Love the photo of the fisherman and his catch! Syros is somewhere I have heard a lot about lately. Seems like a great place to relax and unwind. Those sunsets look incredible!

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