Though it belongs to the Cyclades islands group, Syros is different and anyone who has been on the island would agree. Its architecture is dominated more by the neoclassical architecture than the Cycladic, and being on Syros feels like being in Greece, Italy and France at the same time. The island can be reached both by ferry and by plane.
The capital of Syros, Ermoupoli, is called "Queen of the Cyclades" and it is also the administrative capital of the Cyclades group. Ermoupoli offers very diverse and rich cultural, social and night life with abundance of museums, churches, shops, cafes, etc. The old village of Ano Syros located on a high hill above Ermoupoli is now a quarter of Ermoupoli and is a must-see.
Compared to the busy and cultural capital, the rest settlements of Syros are small and calm. Almost all beaches are sandy and some of them have developed as resorts:
- Megas Gialos
The main road encircles the entire south half of Syros, making it very easy to travel. On many beaches the municipality of the island has placed parasols which visitors can use free of charge. The north half is mountainous and uninhabited although there are some roads, and all north beaches are accessible only by boat.