Symi, Greece Cruise Port, 2018 and 2019 Cruises to Symi, Greece | The Cruise Web
 

Symi, Greece Cruise Port

In Greek mythology, the island of Symi was the birthplace of the Charities, minor goddesses of charm, nature, and beauty. As your cruise docks, you’ll appreciate that mythical connection because nature, charm, and beauty describe the island so well. The small port town in Gialos’ center is devoid of modern construction, preserving the original architecture and the classic stories it tells. Man-made landmarks that remain include an 18th century monastery that still houses monks, medieval castles, and a 19th century war memorial. Symi also has over a dozen churches and chapels, some of which date back to the Byzantine Empire. The bold, red-roofed houses that sit on the horseshoe-shaped bay beyond the port are a cross between the ancient history and a neoclassic revival, and add to the island’s unique identity.

 

  • Enjoy and discover the architecture and history of the Archangel Michael Panormitis Monastery. Still inhabited by orthodox monks, this calm, although sometimes crowded, site offers breathtaking views and natural surroundings.
     
  • Find time to walk the famous Kali Strata, a more than 500-step climb uphill that was initially designed as a passage between the towns of Gialos and Chorio.
     
  • Relax at one of Symi’s many picturesque beaches. Other than housing ports, many stretches along Greece’s mainland are perfect for kicking up sand, and taking a dip in the sea.
     
  • Located near the clock tower in the harbor, the Symi War Memorial is covered by the Greek flag during the day, and the army holds twice-daily ceremonies when the rock carved is covered and uncovered.
     

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