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THE ISLAND OF SYROS IN THE CYCLADES IN GREECE - ERMOUPOLIS, THE CAPITAL OF THE CYCLADES
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The Cycladic island Syros is a relatively small island, but when your ferry sails into the harbour of the capital Ermoupolis it's quite an impressive sight, no matter if it's day or night. Ermoupolis is the biggest of the Cycladic towns and also the capital of the islandgroup. The waterfront and its environments is backed by two hills, each topped with a church (set in heavy lights if you arrive during the night), one Roman Catholic and the other Orthodox.

The island of Syros is quite barren and it has a few hills. You will not find the beautiful kind of beaches that you will for instance find on Mykonos, allthough some of the beaches like for example Galissos or the fabulous Kini beach are not bad at all. The main town Ermoupolis has no pretty beaches of its own. The nearest pretty beach is situated 4 kilometers south of the capital and is called Azolimnos Beach. Syros you visit for the Greek feeling, the culture and because you want to see something different. The capital with all its little stairs, old buildings and churches is worth a visit on its own. Actually Syros is (in my point of view) a "must see", even if it is only for one time and just for a couple of days. The bus connections on the island to the different places of Syros are very good, so even if you decide not to rent a car or a bike, you still have the opportunity to go and explore around the island.

Most of the beaches of the island of Syros can be found in the south part of the island, and there are a few in the east. Naturist Beaches on Syros can be found just west of Galissas (Armeos Beach) and a little bit north of Kini (Delphini Beach). Also the rocks near Katergaki and some smaller beaches north of Kini, which are more difficult to reach, are used by naturistst.

The island of Syros, with its 86 square kilometers area is sort of a "stranger" in the group of the Cyclades islands. It is rather small and even drier compared to some neighbouring islands, but if you fly over it with a plane or sail on a ferry into the port and you set eyes for the first time on the capital Ermoupolis, you immediately understand that this is a very different kind of island than the more populair destinations like Mykonos, Paros or Santorini. What immediately strikes you is the size of the capital Ermoupolis, the largest city in the Cyclades, and once the main Greek port, nominated to be the capital to the whole of Greece. Also, there are no typical white cubic houses like you see on the other Cycladic islands. The houses are large and stately, and the style is classic and neo-classic.

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The capital of the Cyclades: Ermoupolis, a special place My friend Maxim admiring the town hall on Miaouli Square. Looking down on Ermoupolis church with a blue dome Een taverna die uitkijkt op Ermoupolis
ERMOUPOLIS OR ERMOUPOLI ON THE ISLAND OF SYROS, THE CAPITAL OF THE CYCLADES

Ermoupolis looks nothing like the other Greek harbors in the Cyclades, but rather as a city like Paris. On the left side of the harbour are tankers, and there are high cranes. There are also ships in the dry-docks to be cleaned up. Most of them former ferries from distant countries, which are in this capital to get a lick of paint and new carpet before they will sail between the Greek islands. There is plenty of activity in the port and on the quay where the ferries arrive, and cars drive off and on. My advice is this: look beyond this, because on second glance, the island is not so busy as you would think. Behind the quay where all traffic is you find yourself directly in the silence. A lot of roads are not suitable for cars, just because they are steep and there are stairs instead. Because Syros does not have many beautiful beaches there are no cruise boats, and tourists are inclined to sail past the island. Partly because of this is the island remained authentic, with better and cheaper restaurants than on the more commercial neighbouring islands, and lower prices for people who look for an accommodation.

Ermoupolis is not a typical Cycladic city with white cubic houses, but instead you will find a lot of large houses of the nineteenth century (I though it had a bit an art-nouveau look, neo-classical, and sometimes it felt like walking through Paris). The buildings on the hill where the Roman Catholic church stands, form the old original Chora. If you want to go to one of the two churches on the hills be prepared to climb many stairs. The views you get as a reward will be great. I think this is really a nice city, because it is so different from any other places that I have seen on the Greek islands. There is also a relaxed atmosphere and the people are very friendly, not stressed or busy, what you might expect in a city of this size.

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Ermoupolis has got the largest historic city centre of all the cities in Greece. To discover Ermoupolis you will need at least two days, and a great number of bottles of water: it is big and there are lots of stairs. Every now and then you need to get some rest from all the climbing. The city is "crowned" by an Orthodox and a Roman Catholic church that both stand on its own hill. Both are worth to visit, even if it is only for the spectacular views that you have when you have arrived on the destination. The most beautiful walk (and most tiresome) is without doubt the walk to the Roman Catholic church on the hill Ano Syros. The streets that lead to it are really beautiful. I recommend to take a different route take back than the one you used climbing up so you will see even more of this unspoilt Chora and all its lovely buildings and small churches. In many places there are flowers and gigantic bougainvillas. The paths go up and down and around every corner there is a surprise. On top you have the most beautiful views of the city and the port. This church and the Greek Orthodox one are both open to the public, so you can even look inside. It's quiet, because not many people want to make the climb, especially when it is hot. The Roman Catholic Church is also prettier on the inside than the Greek Orthodox church, with big light blue vaults and a Jesus on the cross. In the evening, both churches are put in the spotlights.

The heart of Ermoupolis is Miaouli square with the large Town Hall from 1898, where you are reminded just how important the city has been in the nineteenth century. The stately building is flanked by huge palm trees and has the grandeur of a palace. In a lot of places in the city there is the most expensive pavement, because everywhere is marble instead of stone or asphalt.

In the evening, it seems as if all the inhabitants of the port Ermoupolis come to to the port to eat and drink, and to be seen. There is a cosy Greek crowd of families with children that populate the many restaurants and cafes, and groups of young people groups stroll along the quay. There are not that many tourists, but it's really pleasant. It seems as if the people do not watch television or concern about the household. Instead, they are all enjoy the evenings outside.

A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ISLAND OF SYROS IN GREECE
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Most of the terraces and the restaurants in Ermoupolis are in the harborfront. One of them is a a very good restaurant that is called Karavostasi and it's close to the spot where the ferries dock. Oposite the harbor of Ermoupolis is the island of Gaideronisi. It is the very small unpopulated island with a lighthouse on it. It is the first lighthouse in Greece. It has been repaired and since 1859 transmits 1 white flash every 2 minutes showing the entrance of the port. In the centre of the town is Miaouli Square, with the impressive Town Hall, surrounded by cafes, with a grandeur all its own. Syros has regular connections with the other islands. We took the speedboat from Nel-lines to Paros after our visit to Syros. We also visited a very nice beach at Kini. Take a look!

To discover the town of Ermoupolis and the above town of Ano Syros take a minimum of two days (better would be three). There is plenty to see and to do. You can climb both hills and have a good look around. For the rest of the island also take a couple of days. Best is to explore from Ermoupolis, because it is the best place for the connections by bus, and there are many accommodations to choose from. If you prefer to stay in a village with a beach and explore from there, the best options would in my point of view be to stay at Kini Beach, Agathopes Beach or Galissos Beach. There is also a nice beach about 4 kilometers south of Ermoupolis which is called Azolimnos Beach. Also here you will find hotels, apartments and studios to choose from, and there are several restaurants.

LIST OF CAR RENTALS ON THE ISLAND OF SYROS - RENT A CAR ON THE ISLAND OF SYROS IN GREECE

Gaviotis Travel Rent a Car in Ermoupolis, Syros
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Syros Hotels - Hotel Diana, Ermoupolis Syros
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Diana Rooms are quietly situated in aristocratic Ermoupolis, within walking distance of the port and Miaouli Square. All air-conditioned units feature furnished balconies with Aegean Sea views and kitchenettes. Each unit is equipped with TV and telephone. All units have a private bathroom with WC and shower. Free Wi-Fi is offered in public hotel areas. The medieval town, a public park of pine trees and a children' s playground are located near the facility. The bus stop is nearby.

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Syros Hotels - My Hotel, the Ethrion Hotel in Ermoupolis
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The Ethrion Hotel in Ermoupolis has beautiful views, beautiful and large rooms and it's an overall friendly run family type of hotel. It's situated about 100 meters off the harbour and the main square, up the hill, on a quiet spot. All the studios and rooms have either a terrace or a balcony and there is a beautiful garden with grapes that comes with this charming hotel, a spot where you can enjoy your glass of Greek wine or an ouzo :)! For the ones that love to check their emails while they are travelling: there is free internet access and if you bring your laptop you can even check your mailbox on that because there is a wifi hotspot with a wireless connection. If you want to discover this interesting town than this would be an ideal place to stay at. Ermoupolis has lots to offer and to be discovered. It's an interesting town, and quite different from other Cycladic towns in a good way. From Ermoupolis it's also easy to explore the rest of the island, because all the busses to the different parts of the island, and the beaches, depart from here (if you don't want to rent a car). Ethrion is a quiet spot where you can relax, to see all the life in the city from your balcony, or pretend you are on a deserted island when you are in the garden. It's really awesome.

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Syros Hotels - The Esperance 1 Hotel - Ermoupolis
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Small complex of 8 rooms at the seafront in the capital Ermoupolis. A nice choice for people that like to be in the middle of the action and watch the ferries sail in and out the harbour of Ermoupolis. Perfectly located close to Ermoupolis Port, Esperance 1 offers spacious and comfortable rooms featuring excellent sea views, with complimentary breakfast and car rental services. Relax in your modern room and enjoy a charming base, close to all the main attractions. Admire the lovely sea views from your window. Enjoy a great start to the day with a complimentary breakfast in Esperance 1's traditional-style breakfast room. Guests are just a short walk from Ermoupolis Port and the lively casino. Esperance 1's central location allows guests to enjoy all the neoclassical architecture and traditional local shops that Ermoupolis has to offer. Those who wish to explore the surrounding area can also rent a car or bike from Esperance.

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Syros Hotels - The Esperance 2 Hotel - Ermoupolis
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Enjoying a central location in Ermoupolis, close to the marketplace, Esperance 2 provides spacious and comfortable apartments with a cute roof terrace with views to the sea. Esperance 2 offers a variety of accommodation to cater for the needs of guests. Within close walking distance to the marketplace and Ermoupolis Port, they offer a great base from which to explore this fascinating area. Each room is individually styled and decorated to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can easily access Moustakli Square and the town's lively casino. There are also plenty of shops selling local goods and restaurants offering Greek delicacies. After a day of sightseeing, guests can sit on Esperance 2's lovely terrace and enjoy the local scenery and beautiful sea views.

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Syros Hotels - The Alkyon Boutique Hotel - Megas Gialos Beach
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For people with a taste for the more luxury accommodations there is the Alkyon Hotel, recommended by the Michelin Guide and the Guide de Routard. With views over the blue of the Aegean Sea, this is an ideal combination of the traditional Cycladic architecture with the comforts and facilities of a modern hotel. A great choice for relaxing holidays in a peaceful environment, this hotel is built in an amphitheatre style and is carefully looked after by all members of staff. Conveniently situated, the airport is 8 km from the hotel and the port is 10 km away. There are 25 rooms with balconies, air conditioning, TV, ceiling fan, refrigerator, heating, safety deposit box, shower, music, telephone and hair dryer. Choose from a room with a sea view or garden view.. Additional hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool with outdoor bar and a tennis court. There is also an outdoor chess board surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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Syros Hotels - Manos Rooms and Apartments - Megas Gialos Beach
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This is the cheaper option for people that want to stay at the beach of Megas Gialos on Syros. Manos Rooms and Apartments Complex is situated only 100 metres from Megas Gialos Beach and it is ten kilometres from the main port of the island. The newly built complex provides our guests with all the modern facilities. Our rooms and apartments can easily accommodate 2 to 4 people. Enjoy your stay on your veranda or balcony with a view of the beach, or have coffee in our spacious reception area. The prices are really low and the breakfast is included.

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Syros Hotels - Peter & Tony Rooms - Galissas - cheap, small complex on probably the nicest beach of the island Syros
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Only 50 metres from the golden sandy beach of Galissas, the newly constructed hostel offers a warm and homely hospitality that will charm you. The hostel is close to plenty of shops, restaurants, a market and both car and motorbike rental. There is also a shop with hundreds of carefully selected products, including clothes, gifts and ceramic goods, for your souvenir purchases. The accommodation is equipped with all the modern comforts, including air conditioning T.V., refrigerator, bathroom and individual verandas with magical views. The island itself offers liveliness, culture, tradition and history through out all the seasons. In the southern part of island, 7.5 km from the Ermoupoli, is Galissas, one of the most popular coastal tourist resort (and my favorite together with Kini Beach), where the hostel is located.

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Syros Hotels - Benois Hotel - Galissas Beach, Syros
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Our hotel is situated 7km far from the town in the west part of the island of Syros in a famous seaside resort called Galissas. Hotel Benois is built only 50m away from the beach. It is a new establishment of 32 luxurious rooms. Hotel Benois has a cafeteria, bar and parking. All the rooms have air-condition, mini bar, TV, telephone, radio and some rooms have veranda with a wonderful view to the sea.

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