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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book my stay at Spiti Roussas?

You can book your holidays at the Spiti Roussas guesthouse by contacting us through the contact form. The stay at Spiti Roussas is for minimum 1 week; the house can accommodate up to 7 people per stay (4 adults, and 3 children). If you want to cancel your stay, you must inform us at least 1 week in advance, otherwise your stay will be confirmed and non-refundable.

Where is Symi island located?

Symi is a Greek island located in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese islands and lies near the southwestern coast of Turkey. Specifically, Symi is situated about 41 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Rhodes, another well-known Greek island. Symi is known for its picturesque harbor, neoclassical architecture, and vibrant colors, making it a popular destination for tourists.

What is the climate like in Symi?

Summer (June to August): Hot and dry, ideal for beach activities. Temperatures: 28-35°C (82-95°F).

Autumn (September to November): Gradual temperature decrease, pleasant for exploration. Temperatures: 20-28°C (68-82°F).

Winter (December to February): Mild with occasional rain, off-season. Temperatures rarely below 10°C (50°F).

Spring (March to May): Mild and blooming. Good for hiking. Temperatures: 15-25°C (59-77°F).

What are the main beaches in Symi?

Symi is known for its picturesque beaches. Here are some of the main beaches on the island:

  • Nimborios Beach: Located close to Symi Town, Nimborios is a pebble beach with clear waters. It’s easily accessible and offers a tranquil setting.
  • Nos Beach: A secluded beach accessible by boat or a walking path from Pedi. Nos Beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Pedi Beach: Near Symi Town, Pedi has a mix of sand and pebbles. It’s a popular spot with some tavernas and cafes along the waterfront.
  • Agia Marina Beach: Situated on the northwest side of the island, Agia Marina is a remote beach accessible by boat. It’s known for its beautiful surroundings and clear blue waters.
  • Toli Beach: Toli is a small, pebbly beach near Panormitis. It’s often less crowded, providing a more secluded beach experience.
  • Panormitis Beach: Located near the Monastery of Panormitis, this beach has a mix of sand and pebbles. It’s a popular stop for those visiting the monastery.
What are the best daily excursions around Symi?

Symi offers several delightful daily excursions for visitors. Here are some recommendations:

  • Boat Trips to Nearby Islands: Explore the nearby islands and islets, such as Rhodes or the smaller isles around Symi. These boat trips often include stops for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Aegean Sea.
  • Panormitis Monastery: Visit the Monastery of Panormitis, located on the southern tip of Symi. It’s a significant religious site with a beautiful church, a museum, and a peaceful courtyard. The monastery is accessible by boat or road.
  • Symi Town Exploration: Wander through the charming streets of Symi Town, known for its neoclassical architecture, vibrant colors, and picturesque harbor. Visit the local shops, cafes, and museums, including the Archaeological and Folklore Museum.
  • Hiking Trails: Symi has various hiking trails that lead to scenic viewpoints and secluded beaches. The nature enthusiasts can explore paths like the one from Symi Town to the village of Panormitis or the trek to the old village of Chorio.
  • Day Trip to Datça (Turkey): Take a boat trip to Datça, a Turkish town located across the sea from Symi. Enjoy the unique experience of visiting another country for the day, exploring Datça’s markets, beaches, and cultural attractions.
  • Fishing Trips: Join a fishing excursion to experience the traditional way of fishing in the Aegean Sea. Enjoy the serene surroundings while trying your hand at fishing, and later, savor freshly caught seafood.
  • Water Taxi to Remote Beaches: Hire a water taxi to reach secluded beaches that are not easily accessible by land. This allows you to discover hidden gems with pristine waters and tranquility.
What is the easiest way to reach Symi?

The easiest way to reach Symi is typically by taking a combination of ferry and/or catamaran services. Here are the general steps:

  1. Fly to Rhodes: The nearest major airport is on the island of Rhodes, specifically Diagoras International Airport (RHO).
  2. Travel from Rhodes to Symi by Ferry or Catamaran: From the port of Rhodes Town, you can catch a ferry or catamaran to Symi. The journey takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, depending on the type of vessel.

Symi’s main port is Yialos, and the ferry may make additional stops at other ports on the island.

  • Alternative Routes: In some cases, there might be direct flights to Symi’s small airport from Athens or other Greek islands. However, flight schedules and availability can be limited.

Some travelers also opt for private boat or yacht services for a more personalized and direct journey to Symi.

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