Whilst visiting Rhodes last October, we saw that there were numerous little islands that you could visit for the day by ferry, and this appealed very much to us!
We caught the ferry from Rhodes Town, and found a place to sit outside to admire the beautiful scenery. The ferries always left on time, and were very reliable. We met a gentleman who was English, on the ferry, and he stayed on Symi regularly, so I thought I’d quiz him on his recommendations which he kindly did!
As we approached Symi ( about an hours travelling time) the scenery blew your mind away, words couldn’t describe the sheer beauty of this little island.
We disembarked the ferry, and walked around the harbour, filled with pleasure boats and ones that would take you on trips around the island. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time on the island to do most of them, due to the return ferry times, but it did make me wonder if it was worth staying overnight in one of the little hotels, if we ever came back!
The gentleman on the ferry had suggested we caught the tiny village bus, which ran from the harbour, up the incredibly steep hill to the very top of the town, and then get off the bus and walk back down through the tiny twisting little back streets . This we did! It was amazing! The views to be had from all directions took your breath away. The island was so unspoiled, each property was painted in gorgeous colours , and as you twisted and turned down each little path, there was so much to feast your eyes on. Lovely little shops, selling unique souvenirs, artists painting, locals enjoying the calmness of the day. It was stunning. The steps down could be steep, and some parts of the walk down had to be undertaken carefully, but the whole experience was wonderful.
Once at the bottom of the hill again, we decided to walk around the opposite side, to where there appeared tiny tavernas perched on the waters edge. We found one that was dishing up freshly caught fish, which were being cooked to order. It was scrummy!
I could have sat by the waters edge for ever, it was so peaceful watching the tiny boats come and go.
There was just time to have a swim in the bluest clearest sea. We found a tiny beach, and enjoyed a cool swim which was very refreshing.
This is certainly an island we would revisit, and even try and stay longer on. All the cares of the world rolled off my shoulders here. Such a fabulous place!