THE NEOCLASSICAL EXPERIENCE

The capital and administrative center of the Cycladic complex, Syros carries all the glory of its past with beautiful neoclassical mansions and pretty paved streets lending a unique air of elegance and grandeur.

UNDERESTIMATED STYLE

Location: Cyclades
Capital: Ermoupolis
Size: 84,069 km2
Accessibility: By plane or ferry from Piraeus or Rafina port

Cultural offerings, top-notch festivals, art exhibitions and concerts/performances, characterize Syros. The capital, the inviting port city of Ermoupolis, boasts a distinct style, greatly a result of the Venetian occupation in the 13th century. Ano Syros is the only village with a traditional Cycladic style. Named after Hermes, the god of merchants, the nearby settlements feature a number of 19th century villas belonging to the island's shipping magnates. Northern Syros is peppered with dispersed farms, terraced fields and charming villages. Tranquil beaches, wellness activities such as archery and yoga, as well as a vibrant food scene complete this perfect neoclassical experience.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The 1830s Casino Syros, housed in two neoclassical buildings connected with an underground gallery.The Apollon Theatre in Ermoupolis, created in 1864 by Pietro Sampo as a miniature of La Scala. The traditional treats loukoumi and halvadopita (almond pie).

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LOCAL TIPS

Stop at Plateia Miaouli, the grand marble square of Ermoupolis, to marvel at the imposing public buildings, including the impressive Town Hall. Book a boat trip to the confidential beaches and to the coves of Vaporia. Explore the 19th century captains’ mansions in the Vaporia area which offer splendid view. Experience a performance of traditional Syros rempetiko music in the taverns of Ano Meria.

Events calendar

EYE’S WALK FESTIVAL

Innovative festival that combines digital technology, video installations and performing arts

ANIMASYROS

An international animation festival that showcases the work of creative minds from across the world

SIFF

Syros International Film Festival takes place every July and challenges viewers to rethink cinema

REMPETIKO FESTIVAL

Syros was the birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris, a Greek folk music icon, and this festival is all about rempetiko music