So, you’re looking for accommodation on Symi?
You’re thinking of coming to Symi and you want to know where to stay, what is available and who to contact for your accommodation needs. Or maybe you've been before with a travel company and you want to come independently this time. Or maybe you’ve been before and just want something different…
has put together a list of five sites to check out for independent Symi holiday accommodation. I simply ‘did a Google’ and, ignoring the paid advertisements, found… a lot. There are some sites that call themselves accommodation sites which aren’t really, there are some that have only a few properties, there are personal sites where people have only one property, and there are the ‘biggies.’ So I can see how it might be a bit confusing. So, I just took what came up as the top five and had a quick browse…
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One of the most established, licensed, travel agencies on the island, the Symi Visitor has a wealth of original Simi style properties and hotels. Checking out their accommodation page I found 13 properties in Horio (the village), one on the Kali Strata, one on the Kataraktis (the ‘back stairs’ from village to harbour), seven in Harani, seven in Yialos, three in Pedi, one in Petalo, and one in Nimborio. Plenty to choose from there then.
These houses and apartments, villas and studios vary in facilities and views. And what I noticed that was really good about the pages here was that there was an abundance of photos showing you exactly what to expect. There were also seasonal prices listed, so you get a good idea of costs, which will help you plan your holiday budget.
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This is not a Symi based site and it only has one villa for rent on Symi. This looks to be a site where owners of properties can advertise what they have. Villa Afrodite (sic) is up for rent here and I have to say I never knew it had such stunning views. This property sleeps six to eight people and costs €350 a day.
Remember that when you are holidaying on Symi there are lots of things to do. If you are here during certain months of the summer (usually July, August and September) you can attend the events in the Symi Festival. There is generally something on every night during August: a concert, classical or pop, traditional music and dancing, lectures and book readings and meetings. The Symi Festival events are free and Symi Dream has a guide to what is on, though not where it is on as that is usually announced on the day, and you can see the page here.
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Here is another site that’s new to me – I don’t often look for Symi holiday accommodation as I live here. Mind you – I did pas a wonderful weekend break in Marathunda, twice, and one in Nimborio… but that’s another story. This site, Holiday Rentals, lists some 10 independent properties at various prices and of various sizes. One of them was clearly not on Symi (grass and concrete? I think not.) But the others were, and were in various locations around the island.
There are many things to do on Symi, even when the Festival is not taking place. There are beaches to explore, many within walking distance from Yialos or Horio, and those that are accessible only by boat. Taxi boats can be found in the harbour, leaving regularly for the beaches, and there car and moped hire is also available. Traditional boats make day-long excursions around the island, to various parts of it and to Turkey. There are tavernas and bars and kafeneion in which to sit and soak up some… atmosphere, and there are many walks to take. You can find guide books that outline these walks.
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(Nice title) Here’s another one of those sites where you find independent folk listing their properties - so you may well find the same properties as you've already seen, but there are several here, and again they are varied, in different locations and traditional Symi houses. I also noticed that, with these sites, the prices are listed nice and clearly. It also had various language options so will be of interest if you read French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Dutch.
Self catering is one way to go. Many of the Symi properties you can rent for your holiday have at least a fridge and two-ring cooker, others are better equipped, and you can find out from your agent or travel company what your property has. There are several supermarkets on the island – one now even has trolleys! And, if you don’t have the budget for eating out every day, you can cater for yourself quite easily.
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Again, another site I've not looked at before but one that also has some background about the island and what goes on. There is a section for Symi accommodation that lists rooms, hotels, apartments and villas. You can view the site in three languages. I noticed that when you went further into the site, in new windows, you found more details and linked to a site called Greek Lodgings. You get images of the properties and, by the looks of it, direct contact details to the local owners.
Which kind of brings me back in a circle. I was getting worried that some of these agencies and sites were not local enough. Symi Visitor is of course, and as the staff there speak several languages between them, communication is not going to be a problem. But I also liked the way that Greek Lodgings gave you phone numbers and email addresses of the actual property owners.
That’s what you want from a Symi holiday - you want to get close to then island and that means getting close to the people; what better way than to phone and speak to a real person?
Anyway – those are just five of the top ‘Googled’ sites when it comes to holiday accommodation on Symi. Their links are below if you want to see more.
If you are coming here for the first time, you might like to see our page on how to get from Rhodes to Symi.
And, although we’re not a travel agent (we are a writer and a photographer), we’re always available by email to offer and help we can. (See our contacts page.) And, when you do come to Symi, make sure to call in and see us in our little shop and gallery on the Kali Strata.