SYROS - THE DUCHESS OF THE CYCLADES
Syros is an Aegean island in the middle of the Cyclades and has a completely different character from the rest of the Cycladic islands thanks to its neoclassical architecture. Ermoupolis is the capital of Syros and the capital of the Cyclades, unique for its lordly air and long tradition. Thanks to its central location in the center of the Cyclades, Ermoupolis quickly became an important industrial, commercial and shipping center. It is a city with magnificent buildings designed by great architects such as Ziller, Sampo and Erlacher, most notably the City Hall, the Club and the Apollo Theater, modeled after the La Scala in Milan. Miaouli Square of Ermoupolis, is of special beauty and history while for decades it is the center of the political, social and cultural life of Syros.
Finikas of Syros is a village located in the bay of the homonymous large bay that was in ancient times the port of the Phoenicians. Poseidonia is a seaside settlement of Syros, in the gulf of Finikas, one of the most popular summer resorts of Syros and is characterized by the mansions. The all-white, Cycladic houses of the settlement of Adeiata that are built over the provincial road of Syros , are one of the most important tourist resorts of Syros. One of the most touristic villages of the island is Megas Gialos which has access to many small beaches, and the main beach of Megas Gialos. Vari is known as the oldest village of Syros which is considered one of the oldest inhabited areas of the Cyclades.
The island has many excellent beaches, coastal settlements with busy coasts that offer every comfort but also secluded. South of the island are the beaches that gather the most people, are organized and easily accessible. The beach of Vari, Azolimnos, the beach of Finikas and Poseidonia are some of them. North are the beaches of Galissas and Kini, also two of the beaches that are considered tourist resorts. In the sparsely populated Apano Meria, as it is called, are the beaches of Syros, the most secluded and almost deserted, such as Grammata, Gria Spilia, Aetos, Vervarousa, Lia and others.
Before leaving the island, every traveler should try the Syrian loukoumia that have roots in Asia Minor, while their appearance took place near 1832 when the refugees arrived from Chios. Sykoutri donut factory has a history of more than 90 years and makes Turkish delights with the purest ingredients. The traditional cheese is made from 100% Syros cow's milk and matures for 12 months while its taste is spicy and salty, approaching that of parmesan. Syros halva pie is the second most popular product made from local products such as Syrian honey, sugar, glucose, vanilla, egg white and almonds. The local dishes that you should definitely try are the fennel pie, the parsley salad, the Syrian garlic sausage, the goat with honey, the tomato meatballs, the vinegar octopus with sun-dried tomatoes, the fish with dried capers, the atherina with the onion.