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Days 12-13
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The island of Symi is a virtual museum of 19th-century neoclassical architecture, almost untouched by modern development. Its star attraction is Chorio, which is filled with neoclassical mansions. There are only a handful of beaches and very little development, so Symi provides a peaceful retreat for travelers.
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  • Beaches
  • Archaeology


  • Walk around the hilltop town of Chorio to see the elegant neoclassical houses with elaborate stonework. Stop in at the Archaeological Museum to see Hellenistic and Roman sculptures.
  • Head to the green, pine covered hills around the gulf of Panormitis to visit the Monastery of Taxiarchis Michael Panormitis, dedicated to Symi's patron saint. The church has elaborate frescoes and two small museums dedicated to Byzantine art.
  • One reason why Symi's beaches are so pristine is that very few are accessible by car. Take a boat to the beautiful beaches of Aghia Marina, Aghios Nikolas, Aghios Giorgios and Nanou Bay.


  • The Symi Festival in July through September brings free dance, music, and theater performances to the island.

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