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Cruises to Syros

Syros, Greece (Photo: leoks/Shutterstock.com)

About Syros

Sailing into the harbor of Syros, you might not feel like you're in Greece. The island's port city could easily pass for a coastal town on the French Riviera or Italy's Amalfi Coast. That's because immigrants who came to Syros from France, Italy, Germany and other parts of Greece between the early to mid-1800s collectively influenced the architecture, which consists mostly of multistory stone buildings with arches and pops of pastels.

The heart of Syros' port city -- Ermoupoli, which also happens to be the capital -- is Miaouli Square. Visitors to the square will be awed by its main attraction, the grand Town Hall, which not only serves as the island's political center, but also the archeological museum. Adjacent to the square are various cafes and shops, as well as a statue of Andreas Miaoulis, an admiral from the Greek War of Independence. The shops in Ermoupoli sell mostly goods handmade or manufactured in Greece, with lots of unique jewelry, handbags, clothes and cookware.

Outside the port city, Syros continues to offer a taste of authentic Greece at its seaside villages with quaint restaurants and beaches. Aside from only a few small cruise lines, Syros is mostly visited by other Greeks, so it doesn't feel crowded with tourists like more popular islands Mykonos and Santorini.

  • Why go to Syros?

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Treasures Of The Holy LandDetails

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240 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Leaving:Athens
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Why go to Syros?

Pros:

Most of the shops in Syros sell authentic handmade goods; prices are reasonable

Cons:

Outside the city square and churches, there aren't many noteworthy historic sites to visit

Bottom Line:

Syros' laidback, local feel is a nice respite from the tourist crowds on other Greek islands

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro. A handful of ATMs can be found in the port city, at banks along the harbor. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit xe.com.

Language?

Greek is Syros' main language, but the majority of residents who work in shops, restaurants and other tourist destinations speak English.


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