The great number of beautiful beaches will delight the sea and sand lovers: Vári, Foínikas, Yalissás and Kíni, as well as Possidoniaor Dellagrazia, the beach of a village with many neoclassical mansions with colourful orchards. Sýrosis, well-known for its gastronomic peculiarities. Halva pie (a pie made of thyme honey and roasted almonds), loukoúmi (a delight made of water, starch and sugar), “loosa” ham, fennel sausages and the San Mihalis spicy cheese (appellation d'origine contrôlée ”protected designation of origin") will no doubt satisfy even the most demanding taste buds. Internationally acclaimed festivals are held on Sýros, offering a wide range of choices and covering any taste, e.g. The International Cyclades Music Festival, the Classical Music Festival, the Ermoupólia and the Musical May.
Events, products and specialties
Every year, the island hosts a variety of renowned cultural spectacles, such as the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, the International Animation Festival & Forum and the Festival of the Aegean. On the Sunday of Tyrini during the carnival of Ano Syros, the holiday atmosphere in the narrow alleys is infectious. The cultural events of "Ermoupolia", "Apanosyria" in Ano Syros, "Music routes' as a tribute to Markos Vamvakaris in Kini and Galissas, all take place during the summer months. In Posidonia, in July, everyone waits for the catch to be hauled in and the traditional feast on the beach of Agathopes. An event called "Avgoustiatikes Meres" (August Days) takes place in Varion the 15th of August, where old customs and crafts are revived with structures on the sand, and a Venetian evening. On the third Friday of August, the feast of "kakavia" (fish soup) is organized on the beach of Finikas, including dancing and music. The traditional "Trygopati" (crushing of the grapes) is organized in September, at Kambi in Vari. Visitors to Syros can taste the traditional recipes of octopus cooked with vinegar and sun-dried tomatoes, fish with dried capers, silverside cooked with fried onions, fennel pie, "strapatsada" (eggs in tomato sauce), and delicious dairy products, the best being "San Michalis", a cheese exclusively produced in Syros, together with hard strained cheese. Some rare vine varieties are cultivated on the island: "avgoustiatis" and "katsano" (white), and "armeletousa", "proniko", and "romelko"(red).
Ermoupoli is the capital of Syros and all islands of the Cyclades. It developed during the War of Independence and soon became a large transit centre between the East and the West. With the passage of time, small industries, workshops and the Neorion shipyards were set up in the city. The economic peak of Ermoupoli was accompanied by cultural growth, thus resulting in the formation of the first purely Greek bourgeoisie. This was also depicted in the architecture of the new city, with impressive results. Today Ermoupoli forms a monumental architectural set, unique in all of Greece!
Posidonia: Also known as Delagrazia, this settlement is one of the island’s most beautiful. It features magnificent old mansions with their gardens, properties of wealthy families of Syros, as well as orthodox and catholic churches.
Ermoupoli: Visit the Church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary, where you’ll see El Greco’s homonymous piece of work. Also, the Industrial Museum and the repairing installments of wooden boats (tarsanas and karnayio), next to Neorio, the island’s historic shipbuilding dock. Last but not least, the Markos Vamvakaris’ Museum (his former residence) in Ano Syra.
The countryside of Syros island is great for cycling. There are a couple of bicycle rentals on the island, from where you can rent a bicycle and explore the beaches and villages. The northern side of Syros has dirt roads and is ideal for jeep tours, especially the road to the village of San Mihalis.
Syros is also ideal for those who love hiking and wondering around the unspoilt Cycladic landscape. The north side of the island, is full of paths and places of archaeological interest from the Cycladic civilization (3 millennium BC).
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