Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 20, 2017

Syros…sunrise to sunset

After our time in Santorini we took the ferry to Syros, another island in the Cyclades group.

Ermoupoli Syros

Ermoupoli Syros

The early settlement of Syros goes back around 5,000 years. It has had a rich and varied history, including a period of Venetian rule.

We stayed in Ermoupoli, the capital of the island.  The town was built in the 1820s during the Greek Revolution as an extension of Ano Syros, which sits on a hill above the port town.

Ermoupoli Syros

I was up early to see the sun come up quickly over the port.

Ermoupoli Syros

Ermoupoli Syros

Ermoupoli Syros

Much of the town was built in the Neoclassical style merging with Greek Classicism and elements of the Renaissance. A good place to start a walk through the town is in the lovely Miaoulis square. City Hall takes centre stage.

Ermoupoli Syros

The square is lined with cafes shaded by palm trees.

Ermoupoli Syros

 

A statue of Andreas Miaoulis keeps an eye on things.

Someone, it seems, has a sense of humour.

Ermoupoli Syros

The pretty streets are paved with marble. Bougainvillea climbs up buildings and decorates the restaurants dotted around the town.

Ermoupoli Syros

Greek gentlemen like to gather to solve the problems of the world.

Ermoupoli Syros

We found the food market…lots of fresh seafood.

There are dozens of restaurants to choose from, but one beside the water called out to us.

Ermoupoli Syros

We liked it so much we went twice.

One of the dishes was called sea urchin salad. When it arrived it looked like soup.

Ermoupoli Syros

We ate it anyway. When the waitress came to take our plates she asked if we enjoyed it.

We did. When she asked what it taste like I replied that it was like eating the sea…salty deliciousness.

As the sun began to set the lights came on in Ermoupoli.

Ermoupoli Syros

Sunset over Ermoupoli was spectacular. The colours changed constantly.

Ermoupoli Syros

Ermoupoli Syros

Ermoupoli Syros

We visited Ano Syros and hired a car to drive all over the island on day 2 and 3. There will be posts to follow.

Syros is a completely different Greek Island from Santorini. I think it is more authentically Greek. I can see that it would be a popular destination for Athenians to spend their summer holidays. It was relaxed and calm when we were there in spring, with far fewer people than Santorini. I’m pleased we experienced both islands.

 

Ermoupoli Syros


Responses

  1. Everything beautiful, the views, the fresh food… all but the urchin salad… you were really brave, it takes a long time to develop a taste for urchins. I find the flavor too strong…

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    • We were surprised when it arrived looking like soup, but I really liked it.

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  2. Such stunning settings over Syros!! – somewhere off the beaten track – that’ll do for me if ever I have the opportunity to see Greece.

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    • Syros is a gorgeous island. Quite different from Santorini, but just as lovely.

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  3. Beautiful photos Debra. 🙂

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