The capital of Syros as well as of the insular complex of the Cyclades exudes an aura of neoclassical romance harmoniously combining elements from ancient Greece and Western Europe. Visitors are welcome to follow the narrow streets through the picturesque neighborhoods, discover images and experiences of a bygone era and encounter monuments along with neoclassical buildings from the imperious history. From the impressive Town Hall in Miaouli square, inspired by Ernest Ziller and the palaces of Troy, the Apollon Theater which is a miniature of Scala di Milano, the mansions in the charming area of Vaporia, the municipal library and the remarkable museums of the island to the Temple of the resurrection and other beautiful Orthodox and Catholic churches, the town of Ermoupolis constitutes much more than a beautiful island capital, it constitutes an open- air museum worth exploring from side to side. It is a cosmopolitan capital with its own special character, a vibrant city buzzing with life throughout the year. Ermoupolis has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of facilities for accommodation, dining, entertainment and relaxation with a breadth of accommodation options, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as plenty of sports facilities and cultural venues. The Syros Culture festival constitutes one of the island’s main cultural institutions and a benchmark for its guests. It is a festival held each year during the summer giving an even more impressive cultural extension to the island. Ermoupolis is the main port of the island connected daily with the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, the Cyclades and the North Aegean Sea. The island’s airport is situated at a distance of 3 kilometers and offers direct flights to Athens. SYROS, THE ISLAND OF 4 SEASONS. Syros dominates the heart of the Aegean with the dynamic character and the cosmopolitan grace of a queen. As a dominant force centered in Ermoupoli, the capital of the island and of the Cyclades continues to preserve and enhance the glamour of a bygone era. Sharing a story that unfolds through the winding alleys, the traditional villages that brilliantly orchestrate the medieval with the Cycladic architecture, the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the stunningly beautiful beaches, the azure sea and the magical natural scenery. Unforgettable holidays in Syros. Just 83 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus and 62 miles from the port of Rafina, Syros Island is one of the most favorite holiday destinations in the Cyclades, ideal for travelers with refined taste. Before you travel to this unique island in the Aegean Sea make sure to acquire a travel Map of Syros, check out the latest news, the local updates and the most important tourist news of Syros so, as to collect all information needed about the attractions, the historical sites, the beaches, the best hotels to stay at while on the island and pick your favorite sites for the most enjoyable holidays in Syros. THE ISLAND. An island, a city, a live museum Explore the live museum of Syros, the Orthodox and Orthodox Cathedrals churches, the medieval buildings and the monuments that will lure you to a different period in time. The central location of the island made Syros one of the most important ports in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 19th century, soon turning it into the commercial, administrative and cultural center of the Cyclades island complex. Ermoupolis still resembles an open-air museum, a live monument of neoclassical architecture with relics and cultural treasures worth discovering. From the medieval city of Ano Syros, the ancient monuments of the Early Cycladic period in Kastri, the municipality of Syros-Ermoupolis, the Apollon Theater resembling Scala di Milano, the Orthodox and Catholic coexistence as well as the various influences from Asia Minor and all the way to the machine center in Neorion operating since 1861, Syros is a unique place of everlasting historical tradition and culture. Syros- holidays all year round The island’s privileged location along with its advanced tourist infrastructure and special character make it an ideal destination for authentic and alternative holidays in the Cyclades. Syros is considered a favorable pole of attraction throughout the year as each season dresses the already breathtaking scenery with its own colors and aromas, with its own beauties and contrasts always offering a special and unforgettable experience for all visitors. HISTORY. Today Syros with its capital Ermoupolis is an island gem with a well-developed economy, tourism and agricultural production while the operation of the shipyard, of public services, of the Department of product and systems design engineering at the University of the Aegean as well, contribute to the long-term development of the island. Prehistoric findings in the areas of Halandriani and Kastri prove that Syros has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC and also had a great commercial activity while various evidence for the existence of metallurgy plans bears witness to the island’s relationship with Asia Minor. During the 2nd millennium Syros is found under the rule of the Phoenicians, of Minoan Crete and the Mycenae while in the 1st Millennium the island passes to the hands of the Ionians. From the 7th to the 3rd century B.C. there are traces of settlements and rural areas in different parts of the island. In the classical and Hellenistic period Syros joins the Athenian Alliance with its own currency and administration while during the Hellenistic period findings of temples are brought to life like the one of the philosopher of antiquity Pherecydes between Richopos and Platy Vouni in Ano Syros. The cosmologist Pherecydes was born and died on the island in the 6th century BC. He was a teacher who taught in Samos some of the greatest scientists of ancient times such as Pythagoras, and is said that he spent most of his life inside a cave. The cave survives to the day in a magical landscape where earth and sky become one, where the view to the sea can only be described as miraculous. Apart from being a great philosopher Pherecydes was also the inventor of the first solar clock, also known as the Sunflower of Pherecydes. The sunflower looks like a sump or well that could be used in antiquity for the irrigation of water. In fact it is an ancient and expensive solar observatory that marks the time and the 4 seasons of Syros depending on the motion of the Sun. This prehistoric Sunflower is located in the village of San Michali. The copper coins found on the island from the Roman times and the issuance of silver coins in the 2nd century BC show commercial development while the invading pirates during the Byzantine period cause the abandonment of the island. Soon Syros becomes part of the Theme of the Aegean Sea and the first Catholic settlement of Ano Syros is created under the rule of the Venetians. In the Ottoman period Syros passes into a new era characterized by the reduction of taxes, the freedom of religion and the establishment of both the Capuchin Monks and the Jesuits who leave their individual mark on the island. In 1728 the island suffers from the plague, but slowly and gradually until the 19th century it reaches an economic growth and moves towards the development of a self-government and a public assembly. The island’s population doubles, reaching 4000 inhabitants and begins to show a great improvement in the fields of trade and shipping. During the Greek Revolution of 1821, the refugees from Smyrni and Aivali as well as from the nearby islands find shelter on the island where they built the first houses as well as the first Orthodox temple and slowly transform Ano Syros into a city-jewel, a city characterized by its vibrant spirit and its magnificent architecture, a city that gave a boost to businesses that slowly and steadily began to grow. With 22,000 inhabitants in 1889, the town of Ermoupolis becomes a superpower engaged in manufacturing, shipping, building activities, tannage while promoting intellectual freedom with the establishment of schools, clubs and theaters such as the Apollo theater that quickly began to blossom. The 20th century, however, starts with unpleasant omens for the island, the power acquired by Athens and Piraeus, the opening of the Corinth Canal, the development of steam navigation and the occupation by the Germans in 1941 slowly bring complete destruction. After the occupation, the limited agricultural production carries on while factories begin to close down the one after the other and the population of the island diminishes day by day. But slowly and gradually Syros is reborn from its ashes, it is once again molded and transformed as culture is a concept deeply rooted in its grounds. The island’s spiritual and artistic tradition begins to attract tourists of high cultural and social status. The exceptional mansions as well as the unique architecture of public buildings in Ermoupoli give the feeling of an open-air museum that slowly begins to be acknowledged by the continuous visitors. TRADITION The morals, customs and traditions of the island are revived during religious holidays and local events inspired by the roots of the past. The traces of the local cultures are awaken through various customs such as Fotaerides, Klidonas, Koulouma, Choirosfagia, the Carnival of Syros and the unique Easter celebrations. Fotarides On the 15th of August in the village of Kini all families decorate the exterior of their homes with fires that are lit in small tin cans while the kids are responsible for the decoration of the beach and the surrounding terraces in the same way. Klidonas According to the custom of Klidonas taking place on June 24th, all the inhabitants of Chroussa gather at an elementary school of the village, light fires and burn the wreaths that have been created on May 1st. Koulouma Celebrated in several parts of the country, the Koulouma taking place at Galissa are dedicated to the celebration of Clean Monday during which attendees participate in kite-flying contests and continue the festivities with traditional dancing, singing and local dishes. Choirosfagia A tradition that has been preserved for many years regarding the rearing of pigs, the chopping and assortment of meat for the celebration of Christmas. Based on the tradition every single piece from the pig must be preserved in the form of sausages, louza, glyna and pyxti so as to be used for the cold winter nights. The Choirosfagia tradition is of course accompanied by dancing, singing and local dishes. The Carnival of Syros The two-day Carnival of Syros is one of the most famous carnivals in Greece. Every year a big parade with floats is organized both in Ano Syros and Ermoupoli and it is accompanied by music, dancing and traditional delicacies. Easter The devout atmosphere combined with the Orthodox and Catholic coexistence make Easter on the island a truly unrivaled experience with the procession of the epitaph from Orthodox followers holding spars, dice, sponges and tunics symbolizing the sufferings of Christ and the procession of the statue of Jesus after the Resurrection by the Catholics. ENTERTAINMENT IN SYROS. The cosmopolitan island of Syros is a picturesque island offering various choices of entertainment for all tastes and preferences. From the atmospheric cafés and bars in the capital, Ermoupolis, to the beaches of Galissas, and Poseidonia all the way to Ano Syros with its romantic pool bars overlooking the endless Aegean Sea, Syros is an island with an effervescent character. With the clubs in the heart of the city and the timeless nightlife, Syros promises to elevate the mood of all visitors. For every traveller wondering what to do while on the island the answer lies in the island’s entertainment guide providing detailed information about the nightlife in Syros, Syros’s attractions and also the several other alternative activities. Along the picturesque streets of Ermoupoli, travellers are invited to relax in one of the café’s down the port, overlooking the magnificent sea, stroll around in the picturesque neighbourhoods with their neoclassical mansions and enjoy a refreshing cocktail in a bar of their choice while the sky overflows with the colours of the sunset. As the night begins to fall on the cosmopolitan capital, the flickering city lights add an extra glow to the island’s effervescent night time scene.
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