When we first visited the Cycladic island of Syros, we weren't sure what to expect. Our wish was to spend a few days on a Greek island untarnished by tourism, with an authentic Greek feel. As soon as we jumped on the 40 minute flight from Athens, the sound of non-stop Greek chatter made us smile.
Homer St Syros Highlights:
SWIM, EAT, REPEAT
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
- You'll fall in love with the unique look of this town. Be sure to visit the Town Hall for a proinos kafes (morning coffee) and take a side-step to the beautiful Apollon Theatre. Book-store lovers, poke your head into nearby Stathopoulos and get lost in a world of paperback for an hour or two.
- When asked about their favourite eatery in town, the locals all answered with a resounding "Peri Tinos!" - you'll love their modern take on Greek cuisine. Oneiro restaurant in Vaporia is also adored for its clever dishes and top service.
- The town market, located on Chios St, boasts fish caught on the island, fresh produce and local specialties like Halvadopita (halva pie) and hand-picked herbs.
- What's a holiday without a cocktail in your hand? For serious cocktails, made fun, head to Jar - a quaint little cafe bar in town. This cool, young crew of mixologists will keep you refreshed all night long as you sip out of mason jars and tiki cups.
- Arriving at the town of Ano Syros, you could be forgiven for thinking you've been transported to a different island. Built on the hill of Agios Georgios church (the centrepiece of the town), this medieval city looks over Ermoupolis and has the look of a traditional Cycladic island. The town was built up and walled as a protective fortress from pirates in the 13th century. Getting lost in the labyrinth-like lanes of Ano Syros is half the charm of this medieval town.
- When visiting Ano Syros, stop at nearby Plakostroto - a rustic, hilltop taverna featuring local produce, from home-grown vegetables to their famous Goat en Papillote. All this with a sublime view!
SLEEP IN STYLE
When we stumbled upon this guesthouse located just moments away from Apollonos Theatre in Ermoupolis, we couldn't believe our eyes. A 19th century building, perched on the rocks right above the sea, Xenon Apollonos guesthouse has been restored tastefully by owner/architect George Stathopoulos.
With 3 beautiful bedrooms (2 of which overlook the sparkling sea) and warm, welcoming common areas (a living room and breakfast room) you'll feel instantly at home. The beautiful mixture of antiques, comfortable modern furniture and exquisite styling is rivalled only by the warm and genuine hospitality offered by George and his wife, Sophie, who also provide a lovely morning breakfast and some great tips on visiting the island.
SYROS FOR ALL SEASONS