Beautiful sea, crisp white beaches, and charming medieval villages add character and colour to this gorgeous Greek Island. With its blockbuster neighbours Mykonos and Santorini, Syros flies a little under the radar at times – but the island’s devoted fans wouldn't have it any other way. Part of the Cyclades group of islands, visit the capital, Ermoupoli, to discover a network of picturesque narrow streets and winding alleyways - dotted with fancy old Venetian mansions, and elegant domed churches.
The colourful town cascades down to an open waterfront of pine-trees and beautiful views. Head to the sparkling marbled central square, overlooked by the Town Hall and surrounded by a celebrated collection of neoclassical buildings facing up across narrow streets. A town of peeking bell towers and cobalt-blue domed churches - stop by the Church of the Assumption, which treasures an original El Greco wonder inside. Further up you'll find the small, monastery-sprinkled medieval village of Ano Syros. Settled on a hill, it offers a glorious view down over the port and white dwellings of Ermoupoli below. You can visit Capuchin Monastery, which was built in the 16th century to help the underprivileged. Encounter the Vamvakaris Museum, dedicated to Markos Vamvakaris, a famous rebetiko musician, born here in 1905.
Of course, Syros is also surrounded by plenty of blissful beaches, if you'd rather hit the sands. Finikas beach is nearby, and a long, luxurious stretch, complete with sunbeds and umbrellas. Perfect for catching some sun and shade, and watching the blue seawater twinkling.