The undiscovered Greek island of Syros is the ultimate summer holiday destination. There are numerous beaches to choose from, from secluded bays to livelier stretches of sand, all of them caressed by clear blue waters. Enjoy exploring the coastline by boat, or indulging in watersports such as scuba diving, snorkelling or even jet-skiing.
The colourful towns of Syros are steeped in history, full of picturesque alleyways and stunning historical buildings. The countryside around them is freckled with fascinating ancient ruins. Take time out from exploring to try the local cuisine, especially loukoumi, a sweet similar to Turkish Delight.
Popular Ports in Syros
The only port in Syros is in the vibrant city of Ermoupoli, where you’ll really get a taste of local life. A rainbow of colourful houses line two hills that rise from the blue waters of the Aegean. You’ll love exploring this beautiful capital, browsing the local shops and restaurants that line the winding alleyways. The spacious, palm-tree fringed Miaouli Square is surrounded by stunning neoclassical buildings, including a remarkable archaeological museum.
Only a mile or two from the city centre is stunning Ano Syros, a city founded 800 years ago by the Venetians. Get lost in this picturesque district of whitewashed houses, narrow staircases and archways.
It’s easy to make sure that your Syros cruise is all about relaxing, because there are no shortage of beaches near Ermoupoli. Just 20 minutes’ drive away you’ll find Vari Beach, a picturesque white-sand bay lined with traditional restaurants. There are plenty of spots closer to the city, too.
What are the best cruise ships for a Syros cruise?
As one of the lesser-known Greek islands, fewer ships visit Syros than other Mediterranean destinations. But you can still sail to Syros in style on one of these two cruise liners:
Marella Discovery 2
The sleek and stylish Marella Discovery 2 is unrivalled when it comes to affordable luxury, with a range of 20 cabin grades to choose from. You’ll love soaking up the Mediterranean sun by the pool, or pampering yourself in the spa. There’s a variety of activities to suit children of all different ages, from a fun interactive show to a teens-only hangout spot. Meanwhile, a range of bars and restaurants cater to all tastes, from the Surf & Turf Steakhouse to The Glass House, which is a sophisticated tapas bar by night.
The superb Seabourn Odyssey is like being in a floating five-star hotel. The Spa is second to none, offering treatments such as Thai massages, as well as a Serene Zone to relax in. There are two outdoor pools and even an onboard watersports marina, where you can enjoy complimentary watersports on select sailings. The gym is a cut above the rest, too, offering free yoga and Pilates classes, and with personal trainers on hand to help you. Evenings are characterised by delicious meals in one of the on-board restaurants, and ‘Under the Stars’ events, which include outdoor movies and deck parties.
Shore Excursion Ideas
Ermoupoli is a vibrant city, with lots to see and do, but there are still a couple of shore excursions that allow you to get out and explore more of this enchanting island.
Take a tour through some of the most picturesque spots in Syros. You’ll wind through the countryside of rolling hills, passing secluded villages and pristine beaches. You’ll stop at one of them for a relaxing swim and a sunbathe before returning to Ermoupoli, where you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. One of the highlights includes a wander through the upmarket Vaporia neighbourhood, its streets lined with neoclassical mansions. You’ll also be able to check out the ornate Apollon Theatre, one of oldest in Greece.
Ano Syros and Scenic Drive
You’ll be captivated by Ano Syros, the ancient Venetian city located near Ermoupoli. Whitewashed houses hug the hillside, and weaving in between them is a labyrinthine maze of narrow alleys and endless staircases. The town was built in this manner to confuse invaders, but you’ll have a guide to make sure you don’t get lost. You’ll wind your way upwards, passing several ornate monasteries and the attractive main square, the Piatsa. The highest point of the town is the Agios Georgios Cathedral, where you’ll have amazing ocean views.
After you’ve finished exploring, you’ll be driven through picturesque countryside to a traditional sweet factory. Sample the local treat, loukoumi, which is similar to Turkish Delight.