Symi Sunshine in October

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office balcony this morning.

Hellenic blues by the bridge in Yialos

A pigeon heading for the ATM at the National Bank of Greece. The ATM is just inside the doors.  About 10 years ago there was a flock of geese living in the harbour as a local business man thought they were cute when they were goslings and bought them from a gypsy hawker.  Geese, as anyone who has ever kept them will know, are notoriously bad tempered and noisy and actually make excellent 'guard dogs'. Well, to cut a long story short, when the winter came the geese took up residence in the entrance to the bank in bad weather, preventing anyone from getting to the ATM and attacking bank customers and staff.  Eventually they were rounded up and rehomed in a more rural setting where their mean dispositions did not trouble the good citizens of Symi.

Looking back towards the National Bank building from the bridge.  Symi's war memorial and cenotaph is at the bottom of the long white flight of steps towards the right of the photograph.

The waterfront in Yialos is lined with colourful cafes, gyros bars,  tavernas and tourist shops.

Tamarisk stumps as firewood for the bakery by the bridge in Yialos. There are still two wood fired bakeries in Symi - the one by the bridge and then the one up in Chorio, just up from the Syllogos square.

The chain saws were busy this weekend, cutting the tops off the eucalyptus trees that line many of the roads on Symi. This is done every couple of years to prevent damage to the power lines by falling branches in winter storms.  So many trees have died from drought this year, there were plenty of chain saws in operation this weekend, cutting them down.  Usually at this time of the year we are listening to rotovators in the valley, not saws, but as we still haven't had any soaking rain, the ground is rock hard and impossible to plough.

A promenading cockerel speculating as to whether either of these two boats will ever see the water again.  They have been parked on  our road ever since I can remember which is a good 20 years!
The weather on Symi remains mild and dry with temperatures around 25 degrees at midday and 18 degrees at midnight.  There is a cool northerly breeze blowing and it is quite chilly in the shade.

The beach tavernas have now packed up for the winter and the water taxis have stopped for the year.  Although the weather is still fine and the sea warm, most of Symi's beaches face east and are surrounded by steep cliffs so at this time of the year they are in shadow very quickly so not suitable as late season swimming venues even if there are still some tourists around.  Popular places for swimming at this time of the year are NOS, Nimborio and Pedi bay, all of which can be reached without taxi boats.

We are now working winter hours so I am only in the office two mornings a week, mainly to file my blog.  We are, however, able to answer emails from home so if you want to contact us about booking your holidays for next year, please email us on and either Wendy or myself will get back to you.

Friday this week is Ochi Day and a bank holiday in Greece.  If you are on Symi this week, don't miss the parade in Yialos on Friday morning.

Have a good week.



Vivid Hues and Vertical Views

Chrysanthemums outside the Symi Flower shop this week.

Bright yellow nets on the quay, seen from the balcony of the Symi Visitor Accommodation office.

Bright yellow nets lighting up a lane off the Kali Strata.

Whoever chose the paint for the bollards in Yialos colour-matched them identically to those fishing nets.

No, it isn't the sphinx on the roof of the Stani patisserie next to the Symi Visitor Accommodation office. This time it is a man cleaning up the plaster work on the pediment of the tin smith's shop in Yialos which is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

Only a cat can explain why a narrow ledge is a better place for morning grooming than the terrace behind.

Lemonitissa church overlooking Yialos from the kastro.  That is the Vigla, the highest point on Symi, in the background. Lemonitissa studio and apartment are just to the right of the church, among the trees.

The goddess Pallas Athena (Minerva to the Romans) on the roof of a jewellery shop in Yialos.

The newly restored customs house is proving irresistible to pigeons.

For those of you pondering over the reference to access to a train station on the Symi listings for, this is the reality of that fanciful promise. Symi does not have a railway.  It has a noddy train that runs to the hill above Nimborio and back for tourists during the summer.  Singing along to 'Zorba' while clapping your hands to the music is optional.


About this Blog

I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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