Fought over for centuries and once occupied by the Knights of the Order of St John, Symi has a rich history of sponge-diving and boat building and was once one of the wealthiest ports in the Mediterranean. This wealth has left an incredible legacy, and one of the prettiest harbours in the world, yet the island has carefully guarded its traditions and way of life.
Whether you seek history, good food, friendly hosts, beaches with guaranteed summer sun, or just a beautiful place in which to relax, Symi is an Island that makes you want to return again and again.
This useful guide provides practical information on getting to the island, when to go, its interesting history, the main attractions, its lovely beaches and much more as well as suggesting some of the many places to stay, eat and drink. Take the plunge and visit Symi - you won’t be disappointed.