Syros, the capital of the Cyclades

01.04.2021 Destinations

The “lady” of the Cycladic Islands, Syros, is relatively unknown to the traveller from abroad especially when compared to its nearby Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. It’s high time this changed as Syros boasts timeless beauty, a cultured personality and a diverse landscape that thrives with tradition and natural beauty. So, come to an itinerary to this gorgeous island with The Greek Villas’ team.

Apart from the cultural personality of Syros, its culinary tradition goes deep into Greek traditional cuisine with strong Venetian and oriental influences.

Syros is an all-year round destination that deviates a lot from the standard Cycladic style. Its capital town, Ermoupoli, is dotted with Venetian mansions, large, paved squares, neoclassical buildings, narrow alleys that lead to secret squares with small taverns and graphic cafes and stunning sunset views. The island’s nostalgic feeling goes hand in hand with its numerous cultural sites, such as its Cycladic Art, Archaeological and Industrial Museums, the various archaeological sites, the Capuchin Monastery and the majestic Apollo Theatre. But Syros’ landmark is the Catholic and Orthodox massive churches in Ermoupolis, one facing the other.

 

Stroll around the town’s numerous streets and succumb in the classy splendour of its neighbourhoods; follow the secret pathways through its tall buildings that lead to the sea or head to the extraordinary area of Vaporia to admire its neoclassical mansions with arched gates, marble details and colourful facades.

Apart from the cultural personality of Syros, its culinary tradition goes deep into Greek traditional cuisine with strong Venetian and oriental influences. Try the mouthwatering aetopita (pie with fish and vegetables), the meletinia cheese pies, marathopita (pie with fennel), the karabola (snails with sauce and sage) or the sweet delights of pastelaries (salted figs), the traditional loukoumia with tons of flavours and aromas and the scrumptious halvadopites (nougat pies) that also come in various flavours.

Getting into the summer vibes, the island features numerous small villages and settlements where you can enjoy your lunch or your morning coffee in between your beach explorations. Relax and relish the comfort of the family-friendly organized coasts, such as the Kini, Vari, Azolimnos, Posidonia and Platis Gialos beaches or let yourself get lost within the sunkissed, secluded coasts of Armeos, Galissas or Kokkina beaches.

In order to fully enjoy your stay, we have created a list with the alternative areas to stay, as well as the top luxury villas in Syros, that combine tranquillity, natural beauty and ease of access to the island’s most popular spots.

Starting with Komito, located on the south-western part of the island, this is a place of immense natural beauty and calm ambience with the homonymous sandy coast. Komito is only 1km away from the popular Posidonia resort and approximately 15km from Ermoupolis. This is where Villa Piccadilly is found. A large luxury villa built with natural stone, perfectly mingling with its natural environs, the villa features a large, lake-like swimming pool with in-pool sitting and a lap area. Its secluded courtyard, open-air yoga area and multiple dining and sitting spots will leave guests in awe of the property’s immaculate charms and the area’s incomparable beauty.

For the larger party, Komito also boasts an impeccable property, Villa Jermyn. A sizable, exclusive haven for up to 12 guests that features two fully operational levels, a vast outdoor area with a large swimming pool, yoga area, numerous lounging spots and a vegetable garden. The property’s façade is lined with natural stone while the stunning sunset views and direct access to the sea complete the most typical Mediterranean experience.

Staying in the south-western part of the island, Ambelas area shares the tranquillity and pristine beauty of Komito those who need to get away from noise and crowds. Only 12km from Ermoupoli, on the way to the busy Posidonia resort, Ambelas is a place where time stays still. Perched on a cliff where the earth meets the sea and the sky, Villa Wellington is one of the most exquisite villas in Syros as it consists in a majestic property that offers utter seclusion and serenity for its 16 guests. A vast 100m2 infinity pool, various fully private lounging areas and patios, a heliport and jetty and a building with three levels and a separate guest house will make guests dive deep into the island’s serene ambience.

Moving closer to the island’s capital, Megas Gialos area is a popular summer resort with a long sandy coast, a small harbour and a quiet seaside settlement. The wider area features numerous cultural sites as well as small, consecutive coasts. Here, Villa Strand calls for endless lounging while gazing at the Aegean Sea and seven different islands. A Cycladic yet minimal, luxury villa, the property is ideal for 7 guests and is located on a hill with its swimming pool perched on its rim. Two levels of elegant rooms and common spaces, a private helipad and its proximity to Ermoupolis compose the most laidback holiday in Syros.

Strand

Mega Gialos Syros

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Next destination, Fabrica. A popular yet quiet settlement quite close to Ermoupolis with a charming sandy coast and a little harbour facing the islet of Ambelos. Here, Villa Fulham is the crème de la crème of the area’s villas consisting in an exquisite beach house that unfolds up to the sea. Cycladic style, two floors and a beach level, a vast courtyard with gardens, grass and a refreshing swimming pool only 9km from the island’s capital.

Fulham

Fabrica Syros

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Our final stop is Harasonas, one of the island’s most pristine spots. The area is mountainous offering awe-inspiring views to the Aegean Sea. Villa Bogart is a luxury home located on the top of a hill and comprises in a two-storey fully secluded property that can host up to 8 guests. A massive home with spacious outdoor areas and elegant decorations where the unspoilt setting overwhelms each corner. The perfect place to stay in order to completely relax and recharge while sipping in the island’s raw beauty.

Bogart

Harasonas Syros

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Of course, Syros has much more to offer when it comes to luxury villas, so do not hesitate to contact The Greek Villas’ team and our representatives will help you find your best match!

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