Refined and bohemian; modern and retro; Orthodox and Catholic; Greek and European. The charm of the aristocratic capital of the Cycladic islands lies in the harmonious co-existence of two distinct identities, a noble blend of high and popular culture that gave rise to the first centre of industry, shipping and commerce in the modern Greek state.
The famous “Syra” of European maps in the 19th century was the birthplace of Greece’s upper middle class and intellectual life in that era. The old splendour of the island’s rich social and intellectual life radiates to this day in its capital Ermoupoli, a jewel of neoclassical architecture with grand public buildings and dazzling cultural monuments. Together with the mysterious atmosphere of the medieval Ano Syros, the “Duchess of the Aegean” casts an irresistible spell over visitors. Syros is not just for the summer; it is an island for all seasons to build a lifelong relationship with and return to year after year, choosing ferry route to Syros.