Rhodes Symi Island
Full day trip with professional guide
Symi, one of the Dodecanese Islands is only twenty nautical miles from Rhodes town and is situated between two Turkish peninsulas.
Symi the "Jewel of the Dodecanese", is inhabited by only two and a half thousand residents.The Venetian beauty of Symi makes it one of the most photographed islands in Greece.
We sail from Mandraki harbour where you have the opportunity to take photographs of Mandraki and the Old Town from the boat.
Approximately two hours of smooth sailing brings us to the first stop in Symi, Panormitis Monastery ..The monastery is a place of pilgrimage for sailors worldwide, famous for its icon of the Archangel Michael, Symi’s patron saint and guardian of seafarers. According to tradition, if you ask a favour of St Michael, you must vow to give something in return.As a result, the interior of the monastery is a dazzling array of votive offerings or tamata, from pilgrims.Its white buildings line the edge of the horseshoe-shaped harbour where you will also find an old bakery offering all sorts of delicacies.
The ferry then sails on down the coast of the island to dock at the harbour in Symi Town.The harbour area, Gialos, is one of the most beautiful in Greece, surrounded by Neo-Classical houses and elaborate churches built on the hillside. Ever since classical times Symi has thrived on the success of its sponge-diving fleet and boat-building industry, which once launched 500 ships a year.
We visit a sponge centre where you have the opportunity to learn about the processes involved in harvesting and preparing the sponges as well as the chance to shop for the sponges for which the island is famous. We will also visit a gold store where pieces based on traditional Greek motifs are produced alongside contemporary designs. You will then have plenty of time to explore this fascinating town on your own. Symi offers a good selection of bars, cafes and restaurants around the harbour for enjoying the picturesque setting whilst relaxing and enjoying some refreshment. There is also a small shingle beach beyond the harbour for those wishing to swim during their visit.
Whilst on Symi you may choose to visit the maritime museum, an interesting record of Symi’s seafaring past. The upper town, Chorio, is linked to Gialos by a road and also by 375 marble steps. Chorio comprises a maze of lanes and distinctive houses often with traditional interiors, as well as a 19th century church with an impressive pebble mosaic.The Symi museum houses a collection of costumes and traditional items. Beyond the museum is the ruined Byzantine kastro and Medieval walls, together with the Megali Panagia church, which is home to an important 16th century icon.
Our excursion returns by ferry to the harbour in Rhodes, from where you will be transferred by coach back to resort.
You will have a choice of seating on deck or inside the ferry.We advise you to take with you a bottle of water, plenty of sun protection and a hat!
Please pay careful attention to your escort’s instructions regarding times for meeting to board the ferry for the journey between Panormitis and Symi Town and for your return journey from Symi to Rhodes.