Symi (transliterated also as Syme or Simi), is a Greek island and municipality, part of Rhodes regional unit. Symi covers a total municipality area of approx 65,75 km2 (25,39 ml2) and has population of around 2,590 people (2011 census).
- Symi Island is mountainous and includes the port town of Symi and the adjacent upper town of Ano Symi, as well as a number of smaller localities and areas of significance in mythology and history.
- The economy of Symi Island was traditionally based on shipbuilding and sponge industries. At its peak during that period the population reached 22,500. Today Symi's major industry is tourism, and its permanent population has largely declined.
- Symi has hosted Symi Festival since 1995 during the months from July through September. The festival was founded by Ioannis (John) Diakogiannis, Greek political journalist, who established it in his father's birthplace. Since its inception, Symi Festival has attracted many popular Greek musicians to perform in the main square of Yialos at free open-air concerts, and also features many dance and theatre events.
- Points of interest on Symi Island include the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis (an Orthodox monastery on the southwest coast built in the early 18th century, still inhabited by monks), The Kastro (overlooking Ano Symi, built by the Knights of Saint John as an expansion of Byzantine castle on the same site, parts of which are still visible), the municipal clock tower (built circa 1880), the War memorial in the harbour (consisting of a monument named "the Dove of Peace").
- The town of Symi alone boasts 13 major churches as well as dozens of chapels, some of which dating back to the Byzantine era.
Highlights: Gialos, Chorio, Castle of the Knights
Symi Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Symi Island dock (anchor) at Symi - port town on the northern coast.
Port Symi Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Symi Island, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Symi Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Symi Island, Greece.
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