The history of a Queen
experienced a huge commercial and cultural development until the early
years of the 20th century, Syros has gradually become the Pôle
d’attraction of travellers of high cultural and social status.
Syros flourished during the 19th century, as it became one of the most
dominant crossroads in the Aegean and an international commercial center
linking Western Europe and the Mediterranean Sea to the East.
largely commercial, Syros provided the vehicle for all sort of creative
exchange between tremendously diverse people and cultures making itself
a major cultural center and the home of the elite and upper class of
A fascinating cultural and religious diversity
the Greek language, national consciousness and the place as the only
common elements, Syros is truly a diverse island where the idea of
multiculturalism has become a way of life.
This place is an
important example of a meaningful and creative coexistence of two worlds
with strong differentiation at every level.
The Medieval Catholic
Ano Syros, on one hand and the Neoclassical Orthodox Hermoupolis, on
the other share a distinct physiognomy and individual character that has
actually shaped a unique dipole of attraction!
Hermoupolis, from a glorious past to a bright new era
of the most impressive maritime towns with long naval tradition,
Hermoupolis, named after the Ancient Greek god of commerce Hermes,
imposing and classy, is a magnificent open-air museum of aristocratism
and neoclassicism crowned as the capital of the island and at the same
time the Cyclades.
Stepped in spiritual and artistic tradition and
dotted with plenty of museums and galleries, distinct restaurants,
spirited cafes and colorful shops, Hermoupolis is considered one of the
most cosmopolitan towns in the Greek Islands – the ultimate escape for
discerning travellers and celebrities, including many distinguished
movie stars, singers, artists, politicians and aristocratic families
from all around the world who come here every year to savor summer in a
The city, an open-air museum
city center largely untouched, Hermoupolis has remained virtually the
same over the centuries. As a traveller you will feel like stepping back
in the brilliant past from its rich architectural beauty evident on
magnificent public buildings like the City Hall, built by architect
Ernst Schiller, and ‘Apollo’ Theater, a miniature of Milan’s famous
opera house ‘Teatro alla Scala’, on elegant Venetian mansions with
fascinating gardens, grandiose marble-paved squares and streets and
Vaporia, a prestigious district
to rich sea captains and wealthy families of the past, Vaporia, meaning
“ships” in Greek, is the most picturesque neighborhood in Hermoupolis.
Superb neoclassical mansions, with high ceilings, frescoes, marble
balconies, wooden floors and carved wooden doors, seem like ships
hanging over the rocks right on the water. If you want a full old world
experience, take a stroll there to admire the buildings, the stunning
church of St. Nicholas with the Ionian marble columns and the fabulous
Ano Syros, like a movie set
A unique town with a
distinct personality telling a story through its monuments and its
medieval buildings and a catholic identity unfolding through its
monasteries and churches, Ano Syros will make you feel like you left the
real World and stepped onto a movie set.
Frozen in Medieval times
high on a hilltop, with a medieval aroma and unbeatable charm, Ano
Syros, is one of the best preserved fortified towns of the Aegean and
one of the few that are still inhabited. Countless steps between narrow
passageways and white houses with wooden balconies and colored doors
lead to the top of the town, crowned by the imposing Catholic cathedral
of “San Tzortzis”, an absolutely breathtaking place to stroll around at
Steeped into the rhythm of ‘Rebetiko’
legendary voice, Markos Vamvakaris the ‘patriarch of the rebetiko’, else
known as the ‘Greek Blues’, famous for ‘Frankosyriani’ song in which he
praises the beauties of the island, was born on Syros. Housed in a
restored building in Piatsa of Ano Syros, ‘Markos Vamvakaris Museum’
honors this exceptional composer, singer and innovative virtuoso
bouzouki player with exhibits taking you back in time and inviting you
to whisper the lyrics of his songs.
A cuisine, enshrined in long history
by its multicultural diversities and the different civilizations that
have influenced cultures through the ages, the cuisine of Syros, with a
cosmopolitan ambience and the special characteristics of the land and
seas, reveals itself and is ready to seduce you.
The cuisine of
Syros has been greatly influenced by different conquerors and refugees
who have left their own culinary stamp through time. With thousand spicy
flavors from Asia Minor and the Levant, with velvety touches from the
Venetians, the distinct mastic aroma from Chios and other dreamlike
flavours from the North Aegean Islands, Syros has created its own unique
cuisine that will thrill the palettes of even the most demanding
Della Grazia, The Belle Époque
old charm rivals any other place outskirts in Syros and needs to be
towards the top of any itinerary for the island.
exquisite neoclassical mansions with beautiful mosaics, lush gardens and
pine trees, Della Grazia used to be the holiday resort of the wealthy
class who built their retreat mansions there.
Della Grazia still
boasts some truly incredible and well-preserved mansions – places that
went under total renovation by their new owners and are available for
rent. Choosing among those to spend your summer time will definitely
travel you to the glamour of the Belle Époque of Syros.
A cultural recreation
street celebrations to international festivals, there’s a lot to
discover! Syros is host to a vibrant cultural calendar that is
clock-full of effervescent and eye-catching events becoming gradually a
destination for cultural discovery. From dance and theatrical
performances, guitar and classical music festivals to the International
Film Festival and the innovative Digital Festival, Syros is bursting
from festive fever no mater what time of the year you go, making
travelling an incredible experience.
A wedding bliss
A wedding at Syros is guaranteed to blow up your social media accounts!
her glorious past, Syros has adopted an anonymity preserving the
genuineness of her heritage. On the other hand however, its outstanding
natural beauties, magnificent beaches with romantic sunsets, picturesque
villages and quiet evenings, elevated dining and vibrant market scene
come to complete the irresistible setting creating an upcoming wedding
destination – the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable marriage.