5 days of luxury on the water from Athens to Syros
Once you visit the industrial and cultural hub of 19th century Greece, you’ll discover the many riches that Syros island has to offer.
Trip checkins are on Saturdays, at 5:00p.m. and you’ll be checking out from your yacht in Syros on Thursday, at 5:00p.m.
- One way trip
- Ideal trip to combine with another holiday stay
- Flexibility to customise your itinerary to your own preferences
- Ideal choice for families
- Get inside tips from a local
What you need to know
Capacity: Up to 6 people
Yacht type: Sailing yacht
Departs from: Athens
Duration: 6 days, accommodation for 5 nights
Nearest airport: ATH – Athens, El Venizelos – Greece
ON THE WAY TO SYROS
You’ll sail along the Athenian riviera before reaching the Port of Sounio, at the shadow of the Temple of Poseidon. In the morning, it’s recommended that you set off straight away to Kythnos’ port of Loutra. You can spend the evening in and around this traditional port. The third day will find you heading to Ermoupoli, Syros’ main port city.
Syros’ strategic position at the center of the Cyclades has made it a prize for every regional civilization. Romans, Franks, Ottomans and barbarian pirates have all passed by its shores, and seldom as friends. Following Greek independence, Syros flowered into an industrial and cultural hub – until Piraeus replaced Ermoupoli as the shipping hub of the Aegean. Each period has left a legacy, visible in the archeological museum, the three gates of the Frankish castle that lead into medieval Upper Syros, or the 18th century merchant villas of Vaporia. Following the Second World War, tourism has been a driving force behind the island’s modern resurgence.
THINGS TO DO IN SYROS
Ermoupolis’ illustrious industrial past is ever present in the capital city. Visit the Apollon Opera House, a copy of Italy’s Teatro Alla Scala, and the luxurious mansions built by wealthy merchants and shipowners, in the Vaporia district just north of the port. At the highest point of the island, and built on the remains of the 12th century Frankish castle, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. George. Syros’ Orthodox and Catholic communities assemble every Easter, chanting hymns at Miaouli square, at the steps of the impressive town hall. A number of local and international festivals are held in Syros, mainly centered around music and film. Syros is famous for its local gastronomy – try the Halva Pie, a sesame and honey based sweet, or the Pastelaria made with dried figs sprinkled with sesame, almonds and cinnamon.
Another famous Syros sweet is the loukoumi, a gelatinous confectionary dusted with sugar. Louza is a ham marinated in wine and spices, then left to cure for 40 days. Syros also has its own local, and rare cheese – San Michalis. At Kini beach, Flisvos taverna has received numerous accolades for its signature fish dish, the Gouna. There’s also a small aquarium at the beach that showcases exhibits (live fish and fossils) from the area.
Tiny Agathopes beach and its nearby double-beach sibling are the most popular on the island. Galissas and Kini beaches are shallow, family friendly and populated taverns and a beach bar or two. On the other hand, Delphini beach is secluded but still close enough to Kini for a return trip and lunch, or dinner. Megas Gialos is a long and shallow beach tucked away in a Southern Syros cove – even if it is at the southern tip of the island, it’s organized and popular.