Symi island is part of the Dodecannese island chain , is located 41 kms north-northwest of Rhodes island. In greek mythology,
Symi is reputed to be the birthplace of the charites and to take it’s name from the Nymph Syme ( in antiquity the island was known as Aigli or Metapontis)
Just like Rhodes island , Symi was conquered by the knights of St. John , The Ottoman Empire , the Italians and the British
Before finally rejoined with Greece in 1948.
Neoclassical mansions hang off the hills around the main port,
A reminder of Symi’s rich past and splendid sight for arriving visitors . Symi today is noted more for peace and tranquility than for beaches , which are in short supply.
One of the most famous tourist attraction on Symi is the Monastery of Panormitis, a favorite destination for the Greek visitors and also for the boat day trippers!