Agios Nikolaos in Ermoupoli, Syros

Close your eyes and imagine an idyllic Greek island, with its jugged coastline, turquoise sea, bougainvillea-fronted and white-washed houses… ok, you get the idea. These, and many more, are images of Syros, the island capital of the Cyclades group in Greece, part of which are the famous Mykonos and Santorini.

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Syros is one of the lesser known islands in Greece, but it is thanks to this that it has been able to retain that charming Greek island life that we all have in our heads. It’s not for nothing that the island is also known as ‘Lady of the Cyclades’ and ‘Nymph of the Agean Sea’.

There are so many things to do in Syros, but when it comes to beauty, here is the proof of what you will find in Ermoupoli and Ano Syros, the main towns, as well as a few other areas in the island. I’m pretty sure you will want to start packing your bags straight away, so enjoy!


Elegantly neoclasiccal, Ermoupoli is the centre of all the action in the island. It is a small town with the grandeur of a city, with one of the largest town halls in Greece, and where the roads are made of marble. The Vaporia District, with its old merchant mansions is testament to the importance this town bore some time ago. But despite this, Ermoupoli has managed to keep the charm of a smaller town with its unassuming beauty.

Ermoupoli, Syros

Ermoupoli Sea Front, Syros

Vaporia District, Syros
Vaporia District

Amongst all this grandiosity, you will also find the quintessential architecture of the Cycladic islands. Blue domes and pastel colours are everywhere you look, whether it’s old mansions, modern houses or cafes. Syros is certainly a pastel lover’s dream!

Agios Nikolaos in Ermoupouli, Syros

Pastel houses in Ermoupoli, Syros

Pastel coloured chairs in Ermoupoli, Syros

Church of the Resurrection of Christ, Ermoupoli Syros

Vaporia District Mansions, Ermoupoli Syros Greece


If you love cute cafes, just wander around Ermoupoli alleyways and you will find plenty of them! And for bars with sea views to die for, head to Asteria Bar, named one of the best beach bars in Greece by The Guardian.

Cute cafe in Ermoupoli, Syros

Agios Nikolaos from Asteria Bar Ermoupouli, Syros

Like in every good Greek island, dining al fresco is a no brainer in Syros. With its mild Mediterranean climate, who would you want to be indoors? Even when the island can be a bit windy, the narrow streets and the bougainvillea canopies will not only give you shelter but they add to the atmosphere.

Dining al fresco in Ermoupoli, Syros

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And speaking of bougainvillea… you will find it wherever you go – in Ermoupoli, Ano Syros and other areas of the island.


Ano Syros House, Syros

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Ano Syros

More than a town, Ano Syros is a village, a Venetian settlement built up the side of the hill, with houses on top of each other to create a defensive fortress. This has resulted in the most charming maze of narrow stairs and alleyways where no vehicles can reach. Get lost here and you will find the most picturesque and instagrammable litte corners, house fronts, doors, windows… you will want to get lost for hours!

Ano Syros Alley, Syros

Ano Syros Alley, Syros


Being high up, Ano Syros is the perfect place to enjoy the views over the island. And if you walk a bit higher past the windmill behind the village, you will get to enjoy magnificent views with the Ano Syros settlement right ahead of you. This is possibly my favourite view of the whole island, and ideal to enjoy those perfect Greek sunsets.

View over Ano Syros

View of Ano Syros Windmill, Syros

Ano Syros View, Syros

Sunset from Agios Giorgios, Syros

And if you are an early bird, the sunrises will not disappoint either. A great spot for sunrise is Profitis Ilias church, in the village of Episkopeiou. Just spectacular! Well… judge for yourself here.

Sunrise in Syros

But you don’t really need to go too high to enjoy great views. Just walk down the pier and look back to enjoy a view of both Ermoupoli and Ano Syros covering the hills like icing on a wedding cake.

View of Ermoupoli from the port, Syros

And of course, like in every Greek town, village and island, there are plenty of street cats too, ready to pose for you!

Greek cat sunbathing in Vaporia, Ermoupoli Syros

Where to Stay

Syros has a wide range of accommodation across the island. You can find the best hotel deals here.


Alternatively, airbnb is a good option here too. Get your £25 credit on your first booking with Airbnb here.

Getting there

There are ferries to Syros from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, every day. As Syros is located centrally in the Aegean Sea, it has ferry connections with many islands, such as Mykonos, Andros, Tinos, Ikaria, Lesvos and more. The port of Syros is at Ermoupolis.

The ferry from Athens is extremely comfortable and it even has a cinema. I loved being on the deck as we approached Syros and seeing Ermoupoli built up on to the hill above the port.

Getting around

The best way to explore the island is by hire car, which gives you the freedom of discovering out of the way villages and hidden viewpoints. For discounted hire car deals, click here.

I hope you enjoyed these photos of Syros!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been there


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27 Photos of Syros, Greece that will ignite your wanderlust

27 Photos of Syros, Greece that will ignite your wanderlust

Disclosure: A big thank you to the Discover Syros team, who hosted me on this event. As always, all views are my own.




  1. Maya - Chasing Lenscapes says:

    Hey Teresa you really inspired me to visit this island. I have never heard about it before but your beautiful pictures really captivate the essence of the island. It seems like the perfect destination for relaxation and soaking in beautiful views. Putting it on my summer bucket list 🙂

    • Teresa says:

      Thank you Maya! I’m so glad you liked my post. Syros is a truly beautiful island and it deserves to be better known than it is. Although maybe it’s best that it isn’t as it feels so off the beaten path 🙂

  2. Jo says:

    I loved looking through these photos! I have mostly been to the most touristy areas of greece – santorini, mykonos, etc.. None of those areas compared to your photos. I definitely want to go back to explore some of the beautiful places you’ve photographed!

    • Teresa says:

      Thanks Jo! So happy you loved them. You’d love Syros even more in real life. Both Santorini and Mykonos are beautiful, but there’s something to be said about real Greek island life ?

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