Syros is the centre of government for the Cyclades, so unlike many of its neighbours tourism is not the main industry here. As a result, the island is ‘open’ all year round and visitors will experience a very authentic Greek island, where locals go about their day to day lives unaffected by the tourism of some other.....
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Syros is the centre of government for the Cyclades, so unlike many of its neighbours tourism is not the main industry here. As a result, the island is ‘open’ all year round and visitors will experience a very authentic Greek island, where locals go about their day to day lives unaffected by the tourism of some other islands. The main town, where most people live and work, is the port and capital Ermoupolis. Here there are bars, clubs, restaurants and shops, serving both locals and visitors, and the food is widely thought to be amongst the best in the Cyclades, whilst prices remain very reasonable . The centre of life, as in pretty much any Greek island, is the main square. But here in Ermoupolis, where architecture favours the neo-classical over the traditional Cycladic blue and white cubes, busy Miaouli square has a slightly grander feel, dominated by the impressive town hall and lined with palm trees. Those wishing for some more serious relaxing could venture to any one of the seafront tavernas for some people watching. Syros’s opera house and outdoor movie theatre provide entertainment for anyone looking for something a little more cultured. High up above Ermoupolis is the old town of Apo Syros, where numerous steps through winding alleyways open out onto spectacular views of neighbouring islands. Away from the capital on the west coast, Kini has a long, relaxed and sometimes un-crowded beach with a small fishing harbour at one end and a smattering of small hotels and tavernas; Galissas has a beautiful long sandy beach, with a few sunbeds and umbrellas and a selection of bars and tavernas and Finikas has a great harbour for sailing and charter boats. In the south Megas Gialos and Poseidonia both offer lovely sandy beaches, with plenty of facilities. Being the administrative capital, Syros can be reached from anywhere in the Cyclades. It also has a domestic airport with regular connections to Athens.
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