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What to Do in Syros, Greece in 24 Hours
As you approach beautiful Ermoupoli from the sea it appears as a tumble of white and pastel-colored buildings tumbling down to the water with two prominent hills facing each other. Each is crowned with a church —the right-hand one that of the Orthodox Transfiguration of the Savior, the other the Catholic cathedral of medieval Ano Syros. Such a beautiful first sight is especially fitting for a destination as special as this, an island which perfectly captures that elusive real Greece which so many seek and so seldom find. Ermoupoli, the capital of the Cyclades, by Greek standards is new, established in the s by islanders fleeing from persecution during the Greek War of Independence who quickly established a thriving, cultured and wealthy society which has left behind all kinds of wonderful sights. Among these are the gorgeous neoclassical mansions of its sea captains and rich shipping merchants, a magnificent theater, marble pathways and what must surely rank as one of the most beautiful city halls anywhere.
Thu, Jul 1 - Fri, Jul 2 1. Lila is a traditional guesthouse occupying a renovated mansion in the picturesque Ermoupolis. The former 19th century French Consulate is a few steps away from the town centre and the port.
Caution is advised when visiting Ermoupolis on Syros, the aristocratic capital of the Cycladic islands: it just might slay your heart. The second time I saw the city of Ermoupolis on Syros, I was convinced I had been cast ashore onto some kinder, cleaner iteration of Piraeus, one with Instagram filter set to perma-Disneyland. And that is no complaint. I love Piraeus and all its grit but the absence of it in compact Ermoupolis, a town that is a capital and knows it, is pure urban lemonade. And Jesus, why does everyone seem so happy, and where do they all disappear to from 3 to 6?