Its largest town, Ermoupoli, is also the capital of the Cyclades. Syros’ historical significance as an industrial and commercial centre date back to the 13th century. Ermoupoli was the largest Greek port and the biggest shipyard in the eastern Mediterranean until the mid-1800s, when it lost this position to Piraeus, the port of Athens.
The Majestic Ermoupolis
Ermoupolis with its unique architectural style is undoubtedly the gem of the island. Forget the white houses and the blue domed chapels; the town is dominated by beautiful, well preserved neo-classical buildings and large, towering churches. The town hall was designed by Ernst Ziller, a German architect who built some of the most impressive buildings in Greece during the 19th century. Atop Ermoupoli sits the medieval town of Ano (Upper) Syros with its narrow streets and coloured houses. The 20 min hike to get there is totally worth it. The panoramic views over Ermoupoli and the nearby islands of Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Delos, Paros and Naxos are truly rewarding.
The idyllic Grammata bay
Grammata bay at the north tip of Syros is one of our favourite spots in the Cyclades! The bay is only accessible by boat and the nearest village is a 40’ hike through a small path starting at the beach. Here you can enjoy a full day of swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water, enjoy the beach with its beautiful setting and relax on board surrounded by the smell of thyme and oregano that dominates the atmosphere. The bay is an ideal place to spend the night and cook dinner on board, try a night swim, gaze at the stars and enjoy the silence and the sounds of nature.
Alternatively, if you prefer a different setting you may head to the well-organized Foinikas marina located just an hour away. Or call a taxi to meet you at the nearest village, so you can visit Syros’ capital, the majestic Ermoupolis.