Syros: The Lady of the Cyclades

Syros, known for its Cycladic charm and cosmopolitan air, is emerging as one of the most attractive islands in the Aegean. Ermoupoli, its capital, seduces with its stately aura, its neoclassical buildings and its rich history. The island, however, hides much more: picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, hospitable accommodation and a vibrant cultural scene.

Hermoupolis: The cosmopolitan heart of Syros

Ermoupoli from the top
Syros has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. Ermoupoli, the capital of the island, built amphitheatrical on two hills, is the cosmopolitan center of Syros. The foundation of Ermoupolis dates back to 1822, when refugees from Asia Minor, Chios, Kasos, Psara and Crete began to gradually arrive on the island. The name “Ermoupolis” was established in 1826, at the suggestion of the first inhabitants of the area, as a tribute to the ancient god of commerce Hermes and in recognition of the commercial activities of the city. The influence of this period is evident in its architecture, with neoclassical buildings, marble squares and grand mansions. One of the most important cultural monuments of Syros is the Apollo Theatre, which is the symbol of Ermoupolis and has a deep historical connection with the city. Enjoy your dinner at the Avant Garden overlooking the Apollo Theatre.
The city experienced impressive intellectual growth and influence for its time. Within walking distance from the Apollo Theatre, you will find another important landmark of the city, Miaouli Square, which is considered one of the most historic on the island. It is an ideal place for relaxation and afternoon strolls, as it is the most central point of the town. This square houses the Municipal Library and the Town Hall of the island. Going uphill you will find the Holy Church of Agios Nikolaos, the imposing church that is one of the five largest churches in Greece.
Miaouli Square, Ermoupolis
Just below you will find Vaporia, a picturesque district with beautiful mansions, which testify to the wealth and prosperity of the 19th century. The scenery is well known, as it is also the most photographed spot on the island. At Asteria beach, as the sun sinks behind Agios Nikolaos, creating a unique backdrop of golden colors, we suggest you sit comfortably at the Ciel Bar and let the atmosphere enchant you while enjoying a cool cocktail.

Accommodation in Ermoupolis

Discover the ultimate accommodation experience in Ermoupoli, the heart of the Cyclades! Stay in luxurious accommodation with unique architecture and unparalleled views of the Aegean Sea. Relax in comfortable rooms with modern amenities and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals. Just 50 meters from the harbor entrance you will find Ostria Guesthouse, which has spacious rooms, fully equipped to meet your every need. For another comfortable and luxurious stay, Hotel Palladion is waiting to accommodate you and provide you with everything you need.

Discovering Syros

Ano Syros

Hermoupolis and Ano Syros

Beyond Ermoupoli, Syros hides picturesque villages that are worth exploring. Head to Ano Syros, a picturesque village built amphitheatrical on the hillside. Wander the narrow alleys, filled with white houses and colorful doors, and lose yourself in the authentic Cycladic atmosphere. Visit the picturesque little churches, such as that of Agios Georgios and enjoy the panoramic view from the top, which is considered the highest point of the island. In Ano Syros you will also find the Markos Vamvakaris Museum, with which the Municipality of Syros Ermoupolis aspires to elevate the life and art of the rebet artist. For an unforgettable experience in Ano Syros, trust the Anemomylos accommodation.


Galissas Beach
Seven kilometers from Ermoupoli, perched in a picturesque corner, embraced by golden sand and surrounded by a natural harbor, Galissas charms with its effortless beauty. In the past, Galissas was a quiet retreat for those who desired seclusion. Today, it has been transformed into a thriving tourist destination, full of life. Numerous tourist accommodations, from luxury hotels to quaint rooms to let, cater to every taste and budget.
Some of them are:


Kini Beach
Let your footsteps lead you to the idyllic Kini, a picturesque fishing village in the lap of Syros. There, where the blue of the sea touches the golden of the sandy beach, an experience full of authentic flavors, beautiful landscapes and rich history awaits you. Walk through the picturesque alleys, filled with traditional houses and tavernas that share the secrets of the local cuisine. Enjoy fresh fish, stews and delicacies, feeling the authentic atmosphere of the fishing village. In Asado you will find countless options to enjoy the local cuisine.

Relax on the golden sandy beach, gazing at the fishermen mooring their boats in the small harbor. Indulge in the tranquility of the sea and gaze at the horizon, feeling the serenity embrace you. On 29 June, experience the unique custom of Fotarides, a festival full of music and dancing in honor of Saint Peter.
For your stay, trust Kini Bay, an accommodation ready to meet your every expectation.


Poseidonia, also known as Dellagrazia, (name taken from a small church of Maria della Grazia) is one of the most aristocratic and cosmopolitan villages of Syros, located on the southwestern side of the island. It is characterized by its impressive neoclassical mansions, built by wealthy residents and foreign visitors in the 19th and early 20th century. Posidonia has beautiful beaches with deep blue waters, such as the beach of Agathopi and Komitos, which offer ideal conditions for swimming and water activities.
For your stay we recommend:
Agathopes Beach
The village is rich in greenery, with many pine trees and gardens, which give it a special beauty and sense of tranquility. Visitors can enjoy walks along the narrow streets and taste the local cuisine in the traditional taverns. In Posidonia, elegance and history blend harmoniously with natural beauty, offering a unique experience to visitors. The atmosphere of the village, the hospitality of the locals and the culinary delights at the local restaurants complete the setting for an unforgettable holiday.


Finikas is a picturesque village on the southwestern side of Syros, known for its beautiful beach and peaceful atmosphere. It is located within walking distance from Ermoupolis, the capital of the island, and is a popular destination for tourists seeking tranquility and natural beauty. The area is ideal for families, as the beach has shallow and clear waters. In Finikas, visitors can enjoy fresh fish and local specialties in the traditional taverns, while at the same time they have the opportunity to explore the picturesque alleys and beautiful landscapes that surround the village.

Cultural rhythms of Syros

Syros, one of the most enchanting islands of the Cyclades, offers a wealth of cultural options that impress visitors. In Ermoupolis, the iconic Apollo Theatre, an architectural masterpiece that hosts concerts, theater performances and other artistic events, dominates the island. The Industrial Museum of Syros and the Archaeological Museum of Ermoupolis offer interesting exhibitions that highlight the rich history and cultural heritage of the island. In addition, Ano Syros, with its narrow cobbled streets and traditional cafes, exudes a welcoming atmosphere and hosts musical evenings with rebetiko songs, honoring the origins of Markos Vamvakaris.
Syros uniquely combines tradition with modern artistic creation, offering an unforgettable experience. The island is an important cultural hub, hosting festivals and events throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an authentic and multidimensional Greek experience.

Hermoupolis Heritage

In the heart of Syros, the pulse of history and culture beats loudly, with Hermoupolis Heritage leading the way as guardian and ambassador of the island’s rich heritage. This non-profit organization is not just a custodian of history but transforms history into a living experience, inviting locals and visitors alike on an exciting journey of discovery. Knowledge does not stay caged in libraries and archives. The Hermoupolis Heritage team uses it creatively, designing experiential activities that touch all the senses and thus, it is a unique “dive” into the soul of Syros. The aim is not only to preserve the heritage, but also to strengthen collective memory and cultivate respect for the past.

For more information visit the Hermoupolis Heritage website – HERE

It is an island full of history, culture and natural beauty, making it a destination that combines everything. 

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