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Symi Island

Symi Island

Symi Island, Rhodes, Greece

The Basics

Natural beauty aside, Symi is most known for the Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery, a 15th-century complex that’s home to a library of rare Byzantine manuscripts and two museums that exhibit an eclectic mix of Orthodox icons and ancient fishing equipment. Tours typically depart from Rhodes’ main port, include scenic round-trip ferry rides, and give you time to check out the monastery and enjoy the sun-soaked Symi harbor.

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Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
$44.95 per adult
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Awesome day filled with beauty and history
Well organised, very enjoyable day trip from Rhodes to 2 points on the stunning island of Symi with enough time for lunch and a dip onto the stunning blue water after a whistle-stop history of the island! Although it wasn't clear where we should meet the guide, she was easy to spot on disembarking at Symi and very helpful all throughout the day, even assisting with transfers back to the various hotels. Highly recommend!
Rachel_C, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rhodes

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Beautiful
Bryan_F, Oct 2020
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Good service all round.. beautiful place to visit A sea dream kiosk staff called Irene was very helpful and friendly prior to our trip
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Gorgeous symi
Jennifer_b, Jul 2019
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Lovely day out to symi . The island is beautiful and really enjoyed the sail there . I would definitely recommend
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Unforgettable day
ALINDOREL_P, Jun 2019
Symi Island Full-Day Boat Trip from Rhodes
Enjoy a full day in Symi - around one hour trip by Dodekanese Ferry and you'll arrive at Symi....great people, great wines, great food....Unforgettable.... A must see...as well as Panormitis St Michael Church....visit and try to taste a little bit of Divinity
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Lovely day
Rowena_H, Nov 2020
Symi island & Panormitis Monastery
Had a lovely day on Symi - end of season so not too busy and weather was perfect for exploring. Walked to Pedi and back and up to the castle. Plenty of time for wandering and browsing. The guide Lily was great. Lovely visit to the monastery - if you go you must try the spinach and cheese pies from the bakery. My only comment would be that while the guys on the King Saron ferry tried to be very strict about mask wearing in all areas of the boat, there were several irresponsible passengers onboard who took them off at every opportunity and really should know better.
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Wonderful boat trip to a very beautiful island
rhod_t, Oct 2020
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Fantastic trip if you like boat trips to other Greek islands.... On board Sea Dreams , good covid sanitation and social distancing... We did this trip last year and again loved it... but we love boat trips fullstop... Symi is a beautful island and has one of the most beautful port frontages in Greece... (from my experience of 20 different islands....)....Lots of great eateries in the port.... and lovely walking the back streets.... One recommendation.... take a local mini bus to Pedi - a small fishing port some 30 minutes away in another bay... One or two rezzies, fishing boats, very few people - just 6 of us in the rezzie... perfect peace and quiet ..... !!! The cruise onto Panoramitis Monastery... amazing building and complex..... Pretty well all there is there... except two small cafes... A lovely day and a trip I'd do time after time ... !!!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • With its period architecture and Old World charm, Symi is a must for history buffs and travelers seeking an alternative style of Greek island.

  • The island has a multitude of accommodation and dining options; advance booking is necessary in the peak summer season.

  • Most of the beaches on Symi are rock and pebble, so wear sturdy shoes.

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How to Get There

Symi is an hour north of Rhodes by ferry (operated by several different companies). There are also daily ferries from Kos in the summer.

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When to Get There

For the best weather and fewest crowds, head to Symi in June or October. The Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery is usually open daily year-round, while its museums are open from April through October.

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Exploring the Beaches of Symi Island

No journey to Symi would be complete without some time on the beach. The closest beach to Symi Town is Nos, a family-friendly stretch of sand with sunbeds and other amenities. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, Panormitis Beach is the place to go, and can be combined with a monastery visit.

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