Why choose a cruise to Ermoupoli?
Rising from the turquoise waters of the Aegean, the colourful houses of Ermoupoli line two hillsides, each with a church at the top. There’s a lot to explore in this striking town of marble boulevards, palatial mansions and narrow alleyways offering blue glimpses of ocean.
On an Ermoupoli cruise, there’ll be ample time to relax on the nearby beaches. From secluded bays to stretches of sand backed by traditional restaurants, there’s something for everyone here. We also recommend travelling inland to discover the island’s unspoilt interior of rolling hills and sleepy, secluded villages.
A guide to Ermoupoli’s hotspots
Ermoupoli is a fantastic town to explore, full of traditional restaurants, bars and shops for purchasing local souvenirs. Wander through Miaouli Square, a large palm-tree lined square surrounded by regal neoclassical buildings. In one of these you’ll discover the archaeological museum, which houses artefacts that are thousands of years old.
If you’re feeling peckish then head to nearby Chiou Street where you’ll find the central market. Bustling stalls sell local delicacies such as loukoumi, similar to Turkish delight. There are also plenty of local tavernas in the city – the bougainvillea-draped alleyway Androu, is a nice spot for an al-fresco meal.
Just over a mile from the centre of Ermpouli is Ano Syros, a historic city founded by the Venetians 800 years ago. Get delightfully lost in this district of endless staircases, archways and whitewashed alleys. Visit the stunning cathedral of St George, and enjoy the amazing sea view from outside afterwards.
Ermpouli is a great destination if you’re looking to relax on the beach. We recommend a visit to Kini Beach, just 20 minutes’ drive away, and renowned for its clear waters and sunset views. If you want a beach to yourself there are several beaches that can be accessed by boat from Kini, including the golden sands of the enchanting Aetos Beach.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Ermoupoli
The best time to visit Ermoupoli
To make the most of the beaches, visit during the warm months of July and August, when the weather ranges from 24°C-29°C. Even though it’s peak season, you won’t need to worry about busy tourist crowds.
In September and October the weather is still pleasant, with temperatures between 18°C-25°C. There are so many fascinating festivals during these months, from a Jazz Festival to the Stray Art Festival, which celebrates urban art.
Did you know?
· Arno Syro was built with a deliberately confusing layout to bamboozle invaders
· The island has a fascinating local cuisine, influenced by the Syrian, Turkish and Asian visitors to its shores
· Throughout the year, numerous internationally renowned festivals – including an International Film Festival and several music festivals – are held near Ermoupoli