Syros is the capital of the Cycladic complex and an administrative center of the entire archipelago. Once occupied by the Venetians, the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis, has a very distinctive architecture that makes it stand out from the rest of the complex.
The town features handsome neoclassical mansions and stone paved streets that give it an air of elegance and grandeur. Plateia Miaouli, the main square of the town, is a grand marble square with imposing public buildings. Ano Syros is the only neighborhood that resembles the rest of the Cyclades, with its sugar cube houses and narrow streets. Named after Hermes, god of merchants, Ermoupolis is a major trade center and has a large shipyard. The nearby settlements feature a number of 19th century villas that belong to the shipping magnates of the island. The north end of Syros is peppered with dispersed farms, terraced fields and charming villages. Syros has a number of beautiful beaches that stretch along its coastline, some of them accessible only by feet or boat.