Syros

Island in South Aegean

Home to most of Greece's Catholics, this island has a unique medieval town. Don't miss local traditional delicacies in taverns with live music.

Attractions & Things to Do in Syros

Port of Syros

It's approached by large ferries boats from other islands & the Greek mainland, while there are some spots for sailing & cruise ships.

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Local Products & Flavors of Syros

Among the island's quality products, are the "loukoumi" of Syros (jelly candy), the halva pies (tahini), and the San Michali cheese.

The statue of Miaoulis at the homonymous square of Ermoupoli in front of the Town Hall of the city.
photo: Zacharias Mitzelos

Miaoulis Square, Ermoupoli

A lively place with cafés and children playing around, this square was designed by Bavarian architect Wilhelm von Weiler.

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< 1km

Syros Easter (Rituals & Customs)

The island where the harmonious coexistence of the two Christian doctrines (Orthodox and Catholic) transforms the feast to a unique experience.

One of the rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Syros in Ermoupolis with exhibits close to the walls and a display.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Archaeological Museum of Syros

In this tiny museum with findings from the island, you can take a break from the day's heat. The oldest exhibit is 5000 years old.

↑ N
< 1km
The exterior and the main entrance of the Apollon Theater in Ermoupolis of Syros
photo: Zacharias Mitzelos

Apollon Theater, Ermoupolis

Inaugurated in 1864, its architectural design was inspired by four Italian theaters, including La Scala of Milan. It hosts music concerts and other events.

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< 1km
A central street of Ermoupoli Town in Syros covered with marble.
photo: ElioQoshi / CC BY 3.0

Ermoupoli Town

The capital of Syros and the administrative capital of all Cycladic islands is famous for its neoclassical Romantic architectural style.

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< 1km

Neorion Shipyards, Syros

Dating from 1861 it’s one of the oldest heavy industries of the country. The whole area is located just across Ermoupolis port.

↙ SW
< 1km

Industrial Museum of Ermoupolis

The first Greek electric car was built in 1973 and it's housed here. Unfortunately, there are no exhibit explanations in languages other than Greek.

↙ SW
≈ 1.3km

Markos Vamvakaris Exibition, Ano Syros

Dedicated to the great Greek songwriter and composer, Markos Vamvakaris, if you love Greek music, this is a place to learn about it.

↖ NW
≈ 1.3km

Ano Syros (Medieval Old Town)

Τhe Venetians built their town on top of a hill around 1200. A walk around will enchant you. Don't miss a visit to the Catholic Church of St George.

↖ NW
≈ 1.4km

Syros National Airport

Named after the famous 19th-century poet & writer (Demetrius Vikelas) who was born on Syros. This small airport connects with Athens daily.

↓ S
≈ 3.3km

Galissas, Syros

Situated almost 7 km away from Ermoupoli, it has remarkable tourist infrastructure, including beach soccer, and velvet, thin, white sand.

↙ SW
≈ 8.1km

Tinos

The pilgrimage to Virgin Mary's Church is a unique cultural and religious experience for all visitors. Enjoy its hiking treks and delectable cuisine.

↗ NE
≈ 30.3km

Mykonos

Cosmopolitan destination and the absolute magnet of the international jet-set, the island's name became synonymous with unlimited luxury and parties.

→ E
≈ 47km

Questions & Answers about Syros

Why Visit Syros?
  • Big harbor of the 19th-century has a tradition in entrepreneurship, arts & culture.
  • Most populated Cycladic island with aristocratic style that reveals its noble past.
  • Orthodox & Catholic communities live harmoniously offering a distinctive color.
What is Syros Greece?

Syros is a Greek island that is the capital and the most populated island of Cyclades. Also known as Syra, it is located in the center of the Aegean archipelago. With a rich history since prehistoric times, Syros has a parallel history with the other islands of the Cyclades until the 19th-century when it flourished and became a very important commercial center. Syros today is a charming island, as the visitor will encounter here the coexistence of traditional, cosmopolitan, and neoclassical style with, Orthodox and Catholic tradition as well. Syros can be reached by ferry boat from the port of Piraeus or by plane since the island has its own airport.

What is Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros, Greece?

A significant point for the island's history was the foundation of Ermoupoli which is the main town and a port that was build during the Revolution of 1821 by refugees from Chios, Samos, Kydonies, Rhodes, and Kasos. All those found refuge on the island due to the privileges conceded by the Sultan of the Ottoman empire to Syros. Very soon Ermoypoli stood as a modern urban center and also the biggest industrial and commercial center in Greece. Many of its citizens who were highly educated, gave to the city a spiritual radiation and a sense of nobility. With the development of the port of Piraeus and the opening of the Corinth Canal, the port of Syros lost strategic advantage in commerce and after the occupation, during the Second World War, it failed to bounce back to its former glory.

When Syros started to become a tourist destination?

As a tourist destination, the Greek island of Syros starts to become more popular in the 1980s, gaining the reputation of the "noble-island of Cyclades". The local mansions and the distinctive architecture are the highlights, while its coastal settlements like Galissas, Phoinicas, and Posidonia attract also many tourists. It is also worth mentioning that Syros was the birthplace of internationally renowned musician Marcus Vamvakaris and in honor of local authorities have turned the house that he was born into a museum, while a square in Ano Syros bears his name.

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