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. View more
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Discover the evolution of Symi Island through its many landmarks, churches and museums during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Symi, Horio Village, Noulias Hill, Windmill Ruins, Archaeological Museum, Hall of Hatziagapitou
Depart the pier for the short drive to Horio Village en route to a photo stop at Noulias Hill. Upon arrival, take in splendid panoramic views of your surrounds, including the ruins of 20 old windmills and Pontikokastro, an ancient, circular building that possibly served as a tomb at one time. Leaving Noulias Hill, continue on-foot along the cobbled alleyways of Horio Village, walking between the houses and old ruins. A visit is made to the Archaeological Museum, which displays artefacts collected throughout the history of the island. Adjacent to the museum is the Hall of Hatziagapitou, a four-storey house designed with the typical architecture of Symi.
Church of Our Lady of the Castle, Castle of the Knights of St. John, 'Last Judgment' Painting
Next, climb the steps to the Church of Our Lady of the Castle (Panagia Tour Kastrou), which is enclosed within the ruins of the walls of the castle of the Knights of St John, and located at the highest point of the settlement. Here, marvel at the spectacular view overlooking the houses of Symi. The Church of our Lady is adorned with the exceptional 'Last Judgment', a 16th-century painting by Georgiou Kloutzas, one of the most gifted post-Byzantine artists.
Kali Strata, Neoclassical Houses, Gialos, Nautical Museum, Church of Timiou Prodromou
Leaving the Church of the Lady, walk down the 500 stone steps of Kali Strata, passing by the Neoclassical houses depicting the grandeur of the island during its most prosperous times. Upon reaching Gialos, continue walking along the pier to the Nautical Museum. Following a visit to the museum, a brief stop is made at the Church of Timiou Prodromou. Erected in 1838 and restored in 1869, this church features a beautiful, cobbled courtyard and elaborate bell tower. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 miles (about two kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and over 500 steps the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.