Things To Do
Known as the ‘City of Hermes’ – the Greek god of trade – the busy port of Ermopoulis is the island’s cultural epicentre. Come here to soak up everything from colourful Easter parades to theatre, music and international film festivals. Wander past Venetian style houses once owned by wealthy 19th century ship captains. Then relax in one of many cafés and bars dotted around the marble-paved Miaouli square.
Perched on top of Ermoupolis hill is the blue-domed Agios Nikolas church – complete with marble bell towers, ionic columns and a lavish Byzantine interior. In contrast, the humble Capuchin Monastery in Medieval Ano Syros first used its crypts as shelters during pirate raids, before housing the bones of 19th century Catholic families. Then there’s the Apollo Theatre, designed as a smaller version of La Scala in Milan. And you can’t miss Syros’ biggest star, the imposing Town Hall, considered the most beautiful civic building in Greece.
Sandy and pebbled, Syros has some lovely, quiet beaches. Paddle or swim in warm crystal-clear water. Lie back with some holiday reading on a sun lounger. Or hop on a rented bicycle and explore the charming villages and surrounding countryside. If going off the beaten track appeals, the dirt roads along the island’s northern side are brilliant for jeep tours, especially the one that takes you to pretty San Mihalis village.