With historic sites going back as far as the Bronze Age and a wealth of traditional and innovative restaurants, there’s more to the Greek island of Syros than beaches. But if you fancy a morning dip with local swimmers, or a day relaxing on pristine sand, there’s a beach in Syros for you.
The island of Syros, Greece, is one of the best-kept secrets in the Cyclades. It has historic monasteries and churches, amazing food, friendly residents and some of the greatest – and cleanest – beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking to hang out at popular spots with bars and restaurants, or find complete seclusion on a private inlet, Syros has hundreds of beaches to choose from. Here’s where to go on your next sea, sun and sand holiday to Syros.
In the northwest corner of Syros you’ll find Grammata Beach, the name deriving from the inscriptions and grammata (letters) that sailors of old carved into the rock during inclement weather. The sailors would seek refuge in the cove and pray to the gods to let them reach the shore safely, and the ancient inscriptions are still visible today. Grammata Beach is secluded and can be reached by boat or by hiking 4km (2.5mi) from Kampos.
A short walk from the capital Ermoupoli, Asteria is ideal for a quick dip in the morning sun. It’s not a beach as such, but a cement pier with amazing views of the city. The waters are pristine and there are stairs to get you in and out of the sea. It’s a popular spot for swimmers because of its easy access from Ermoupoli. Locals enjoy Asteria pier for their daily fuss-free swims.
If you truly want a beach all to yourself, head to Lia Beach in the northwest of Syros. It is not accessible by car; a boat from Kini makes a stop at Lia, or you can hike down from Kampos. The hike takes about an hour, so be sure to pack water and snacks. Fall asleep under the shade of the trees to the sound of the waves lightly crashing on the rocks – it doesn’t get much more relaxing than this.
Galissas Beach, on the western coast of Syros, is ideal for travellers looking for an organised beach with all the amenities. The crystal-clear turquoise waters are calm, making them ideal for small children and inexperienced swimmers. Galissas Beach also offers easy access to the water for visitors with disabilities. Rent a pedalo to explore the coast and get an excellent view of the island
On the east side of the island is the sandy beach Azolimnos, a favourite with locals. There are three options of seating available to visitors: find a sunbed and umbrella in the sand, sit under the shady tamarisk trees or lie on the sunbeds on the pier. The beach can get crowded, so be sure to get there early. It’s a great spot to enjoy a coffee and a swim.
At the end of another perfect day on Syros, watch the sun dip into the sea at Posidonia Beach. The area is considered the aristocratic neighbourhood of the island, with stunning architecture that you can see from the sea. There are some very comfortable loungers, while the restaurants at Posidonia Beach are some of the best on the island. Enjoy local fish dishes and traditional Greek food while watching the sunset.
Sunbathers looking for a secluded beach that’s easy to reach should head to the northwest side of Syros, to Aetos Beach. The beach is accessible by a 1km (0.6mi) walk from Barbarousa. On windy days, Aetos is a great destination because it is in a sheltered cove protected by the elements. The water and sand are untouched, so you’ll feel as if you’re on your own personal island. Be sure to bring food and water so you can stay all day.
After a day at the beach, make sure to check out the wide range of hotels that you can book through Culture Trip. Alternatively you could head to Mykonos for a bite to eat at one of their top restaurants, visit some of the best beaches, take in the nightlife and book a stay at one of the best hotels on Mykonos.
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