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Symi sailing holidays

The beautiful island of Symi - Σύμη (Italian: Simi, Turkish: Sömbeki) lies about 23 nm north-west of Rhodes flanked by two Turkish peninsulae. It has a much-indented coast,  Previous: Astypalea to the west.
Sailing map of Symi Island Simi Island - Dodecanese
 Next: Rhodes to the south.
ideal for a sailing holiday and according to Ho­mer it possessed eight good harbours. The inhabitants live of sponge-fishing and boat-building.
The south side of Sesklion island has a small cove guarded by a rock; approach from the east to anchor in wonderful tranquil surroundings. The passage between Symi and Nimos islands is 3.5 m minimum, but is far less dangerous then one might expect.

British Admiralty Charts 1055 1532

History of Symi

From ancient times the fortunes of Symi were closely linked with those of Rhodes. The island was occupied by the Turks in 1523 and after the Balkan War of 1912 was held by Italy. It was reunited with Greece in 1947.

Symi Port

Sailing map chart of Symi harbour - Simi port in the dodecanese Sea The island's capital Symi (or Yialos), with its handsome 18th and 19th c. mansions, lies on the north coast, in a bay sheltered by the little island of Nimos.
The clock tower on the edge of the harbour is easily identified.
Moor stern-to the quay (see photo below), but it is paramount to leave the part of the quay allotted to the ferries clear.

Aerial photo yiali, symi port dodecanese SeaSymi port (Yiali) with its Venetian houses looking WNW. Moor at the north side in the middle of a charming boulevard.

Few islands have Symi's crisp brightness and its amphitheatre ambiance of Neoclassical mansions, in soft ochre or traditional deep shades, stacked one on top of the other right up the barren hill sides.
Photo of Simi port symi harbour
Our approach to the quay looking north.

Venetian house: greece image picture greek symi port.

During the afternoon numerous ferries bring loads of tourist, but when these invaders depart, the sailing fraternity - flying flags from all nationalities - takes over, and the boulevard rejoices in a more gentil and relaxed air.
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6 April 2019
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