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Visit the old stately homes of this small Paradise

Aliki Hotel

The Hotel consists of 3 Floors with 12 Rooms and 3 Suites, yet comfort has not been sacrificed. The fully Air-conditioned Rooms are nicely furnished and have wooden Floors. All the Rooms & Suites offer Air Conditioning…
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Opera House

Our apartments are all our ground floor accommodation, so ideal for those who don’t want to have to negotiate steps. Each apartment can cater for between 2-4 people and are all equipped with cooking facilities. Outside sitting areas look on to our peaceful wooded gardens…
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Niriides Hotel

The hotel functions in Simi since 1993 offering experience in hospitality and hotel services of quality combined with the breeze of the location (Bassilio tou Nirea) constituting a compelling total.
The hotel group consists of 5 buildings built amphitheatrically on a hill…
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Pedi Beach

The hotel is located in Pedi, the old port of Symi with three tavernas and a kiosk, 3 Km from Yialos Harbour.The small beach is just across the road and the old village of Chorio is just a 10 minute walk or can be easily accessed by the local bus, which also takes you down to Yialos Harbour.
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One of the most stunningly beautiful of all Greek Islands, little Symi lies just 23 miles north of Rhodes, nestling inside a claw that juts out from Turkey, its nearest neighbour, less than 4 miles across the sea.

Symi town lies at the end of a deep-water harbour – its pastel coloured houses spill down the steep hillside from Chorio – the high town, dominated by a church – and spread around the harbour area of Yialos, making an open circle of light reflected in the deepest blue of the harbour. It is as near perfect a setting as can be imagined.

The town of Symi is divided into two sections – Yialos, the harbourside area, and Chorio, the High Town, at the top of the hill; the two parts being linked by a grand street of 375 steps known as the Kali Strata (Symi is definitely not for the unfit!).

Little side alleys and yet more steps lead off this street towards the houses which are arranged in layered terraces overlooking the picturesque harbour. Some of these houses rank amongst the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the whole of Greece; mansions of vermilion and ochre with marble stairs and wrought iron balconies, vine covered pebble mosaic courtyards, colonnades, porticos and arches, all jostling for position on the hillside.

Even the simpler, humbler houses share the same elegant lines and colours. The quayside provides the main source of activity with fishing boats, caiques, smart yachts, inter-island ferries and the little excursion boats, all coming and going. There are some excellent shops selling herbs, sponges, traditional rugs, pottery and jewellery.

Symi is a popular day excursion for tourists from Rhodes and they invade the harbour for a few hours in the middle of each day. Avoiding the day trippers is easy as taxi-boats operate a regular shuttle service to nearby beaches.

Alternatively, larger caiques leave daily for more remote beaches and to the nearby island of Sesklia, where the boatmen will cook a wonderful barbeque lunch while you sunbathe or swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters.

Walkers can reach various other small pebbly beaches. There are excellent walking opportunities in the interior and with a guide book to put you on the right track. In the evening Symi harbourside really comes to life.

There are plenty of good tavernas serving traditional Greek cuisine, as well as some first class international restaurants in the harbour area. In Chorio, there is the famous Georgios Taverna, plus four restaurants. Some tavernas bring in musicians of varying competence, and the atmosphere can be quite lively.