A part of the Dodecanese Islands, Symi is situated on the Asia Minor Coast just a few nautical miles northwest of Rhodes. Far-removed from mass tourism models, Symi is home to a unique blend of aristocratic, yet subtle natural beauty. As you enter Symi’s perfectly-formed harbour, Gialos, a beautiful picture-postcard view of a Venetian village begins to unfold. At one time, its thriving sponge diving, ship building and woodcarving industries earned Symi its place among Greece’s richest islands. Wonderfully well-preserved two-and-three-story mansions feature vivid, brightly-painted facades that reflect this illustrious bygone era. Symi’s history dates back to ancient times. Aigli, Metapontis and Kariki are some of Symi’s ancient names where, according to mythology, the Graces were born. Symi’s present moniker stems from the nymph of the same name. She was thought to have mated with Poseidon, God of the Seas, and bore Hthonios, who became the leader of the island’s first inhabitants.