|Syros is the capital of the Cyclades group, but it is only recently that it has become a tourist destination.
The island stands out in general for the variety of the landscape in its hinterland, where hills alternate with low-lying farming areas. The coastline is indented with inlets of all sizes between capes. There are two large bays, of Ermoupoli to the east and Finikas to the west. The northern part of the island, Ano Meria, is rocky and with very few inhabitants, but it is ideal for trekking and offers magnificent views to the Aegean.
Ermoupoli, Queen of the Cyclades, is the capital and main harbour of Syros, on the east coast. As the boat enters the harbour, the visitor is impressed by the sight of two hills, each crowned with a church: the right hill with the Orthodox church of Anastasis, and the left one with the Catholic Cathedral. Both Orthodox and Catholic populations have lived in harmony for ages. Ermoupoli, which used to be one of the most important financial, commercial and cultural centers in Europe in the 19th century, stands on a naturally amphitheatrical site, with neo-classical buildings and old mansions that reflect the power and glory it once had. Among the most important buildings are the Town Hall (designed by Ernst Ziller) and the Apollo Municipal Theatre, which is a copy in miniature of La Scala, Milan.
The southern and western parts of Syros are the most densely-inhabited. The best beaches are also here, including Galissas, a fine, large resort with a long sandy beach; Possidonia or Delagratsia, a coastal area with a good beach at Angathopes and neo-classical houses of great architectural interest.
If you want to hold on to Syros delight for a little longer, you can buy a box of loukoumia, a local specialty that only the Sirians know how to make it right.