Discover the capital of the Cyclades
Often overshadowed by its hedonistic neighbors, Syros is an authentic island welcoming to those eager to embrace the real Greece. When you cruise here, you’ll quickly notice that Syros doesn’t make a fuss over tourism, and yet, it’s that commitment to everyday Greek life that makes it so appealing to travelers in search of genuine experiences. The beaches and tavernas are never overcrowded, making it easy to spend your time with your toes in the sand or a drink in your hand (or both!).
That said, it has more than its fair share of interesting attractions. In Ermoupoli, take a stroll through the Vaporia neighborhood, stopping to explore St. Nicholas’ Church. Sometimes referred to as St Nicholas of the Rich (a reference to the wealthy shipowners who call Vaporia home), this Orthodox Greek church houses an impressive assortment of frescos. Not far from St Nicholas is the Apollon Theatre, where performances have been put on for over 150 years. Be sure to pop in and explore the top floor, which is full of memorabilia from past shows.
Plateia Miaouli is Ermoupoli’s grand square, and is lined by quaint cafes and bars, making it the perfect spot to relax and take in the sights and sounds of day-to-day Greek life. You’ll also find the Syros Archaeological Museum near here, housed within the city’s stunning town hall. While modest, this museum is one of the oldest in Greece, and has artifacts dating back to 730 BC on display.
During your stay here, be sure to sample loukoumi, a traditional sweet of Syros. It’s a popular flavor. In fact, you can even find loukoumi ice cream!