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  • Symi, Greek Islands, Greece

Last updated: 26 June, 2023

Chorio, the upper town, offers a glimpse of bygone Greece with its faded 18th-century mansions and narrow stone archways, and is ideal for a lazy wander.

Simply walk up the 500-odd steps of Kali Strata, the handsome walkway that connects Yialos to Chorio. Once there, stop by for a look at the fine collection of Byzantine and medieval artefacts in the local museum. Nearby, the Hatziagapitos mansion contains ornately carved wooden chests and frescoes.

At the pinnacle is Symi’s ancient acropolis, with vertiginous views of the harbour.

While you're there

Seek out The Secret Garden, a cute meze bar hidden in the back alleys, where you might catch live music in the evening.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

When to do it

It’s best to visit Chorio early in the morning or just before dusk. Many places close for the midday siesta.

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