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Last updated: 25 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

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.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Hotel Aliki

Symi, Greek Islands, Greece[0.4 miles]

A waterfront landmark brimming with local character and an unbeatable location for people and boat watching.

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The Old Markets

Symi, Greek Islands, Greece[0.4 miles]

Boutique bolthole combining heritage charm and contemporary chic, with show-stopping harbour views from the terrace and suites.

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Limani Life

Symi, Greek Islands, Greece[0.7 miles]

With just six smart, contemporary rooms right on Symi’s picturesque port, this intimate, welcoming hotel is incredibly central and convenient.

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Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion

Datca, Aegean Region, Turkey[22.3 miles]

Beautifully-restored, 200-year-old konak (mansion), a charming period gem in a pleasant, away-from-it-all setting. Once the home of an Ottoman Lord.

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Greek Islands, Greece

Stunning architecture, sophisticated restaurants and castaway coves make Symi ideal for those seeking a more refined Greek Island getaway.

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Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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exterior of Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis, Symi island, Greece

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Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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