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Symi Festival

Symi presents each year a rich program of events that cover the whole spectrum of art, from theatre and music to literature and cinema. The festival runs from June through September.

Events are presented all around, though many are centered around the town square. The ticket price for events is zero because of the volunteer efforts of the island organizers.

Drinking and Dining

Gialos and Horio both have good food choices. Both also have a buzzing nightlife scene.


See our Greece hotels for a complete look at accommodations available on this island.


Symi has a history of sponge diving and shipbuilding. It was properous, filled with mansions and at the start of the 20th Century had a population of over 22,000. That all came to a screeching halt with the Italian occupation, the introduction of the steamship, and Kalymnos' rise as the principal sponge producer.

Hints from Harry

Most of Symi's 77 churches are dedicated to Archangel Michael, so don't feel you have to limit yourself to just Moni Taxiarhou Mihail Panormiti. See more pictures of Symi.

The Complete Details

Helpful Information
Transportation Facts
  • By Ferry: Piraeus connects with Symi twice a week, 15 hr., 30 Eu.
  • Two ferries per week to Nisyros, Kos, Kalymnos, and Nisyros
  • Four Hydrofoils a week to Rhodes. One a week to Astypalea, Kos and Kalymnos
  • Bus and taxi service is available on the island
Island Resources
  • Tel.code: 0241

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