Travelling to Syros’ Rich Industrial Past

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GETTING THERE

From Piraeus to Syros the trip by conventional ferry takes about four hours (at 31 euros, one way).

ACCOMMODATION

Syros Soul Luxury Suites (Miaoulis Square, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 698.331.7791). The suites are housed in a historic building opposite the City Hall of Ermoupoli. They have a privileged view of the popular Miaoulis Square, while simple, modern decorative lines prevail in their interior. What will surprise you pleasantly are the books on Syros’ history that you will find in the rooms and in the reception area. At 80 euros per suite. Aristide Hotel (27 Babagiotou, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 698.662.4881). The Hatzilia family, who built this historic home back in the 1920s, were active in the textile and shipping sector. This explains in part the excellent materials ̶ such as bricks from Great Britain ̶ that were used to build the house. After being thoroughly renovated, this place promotes art and gastronomy. At 240 euros per double room, breakfast included. Elina Mansion (Parakopi, Tel. (+30) 697.486.9640). The atmosphere and charm of the 19th century are still preserved on the upper floor of Koulouris Retreat. This place can accommodate up to six people and prices start at 300 euros per night.

FOOD

Laoutari (18 Thermopylo, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 22810.796.67). Traditional dishes with modern touches and a rebetiko atmosphere, in the alleys behind the port of Ermoupoli. It often hosts live music. Hyma kai Tsouvalata (Don I. Stephanou, Ano Syros, Tel. (+30) 22810.760.97). Grill in Ano Syros where, if you are lucky, you will have the chance to listen to live rebetiko music. Perroquet Tranquille (Poseidonia, Tel. (+30) 22810.457.00). An authentic French bistro housed in a cute old farmhouse. Peri Tinos (7 Petrou Ralli, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 22810.850.00). Modern seafood kitchen, overlooking the sea. Close enough, you will find the Custom House, the first public building ever built in modern Greece.

SHOPPING

Velli (10 Petrou Protopapadaki, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 22810.849.35). Artwork by the sculptor and painter Giannis Vellis along with objects by selected Greek artists. Zylo Eyewear (Kountouri 10, Ermoupoli, Tel. 22810-77070). Handmade eyewear with frames made of wood. Kind of Sofia (5 Koundouriotou, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 694.852.9500). Handmade ceramics by Sofia Koktsidou. Fysis (2 Agiou Nikolaou, Ermoupoli, Tel. (+30) 697.335.8788). Soaps and cosmetics made in Syros.

ACTIVITIES

In addition to the night tour in Zisimatos textile factory Hermoupolis Heritage (hermoupolisheritage.com, Tel. (+30) 693.232.7703) also organises tours by Pony cars in the countryside of Syros and visits to the historic lighthouse of the port by boat.

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