this island is the Cyclades administrative and
commercial center – beside the island more
populated among the entire archipelago –
as well as the junction of all the ferries crossing
the Cyclades, Syros touristic appeal hasen’t
grown so much (almost exclusively greek incoming).
Syros story is rich and complex , which zenith
has been the 19th century when it became the biggest
naval and trade center of whole Greece, more important
of the Piraeus itself (virtually till Corinth
canal was opening). Syros territory is rocky and
palms adorned, the main beaches are Kini and Galissas
over all, shaded by tamarisks.
Nowdays two-thirds of the residents of the whole
island are centred around Ermopoulis, actually
a city (the Cyclades biggest one) known for
its food specialty and the antique and absolutely
fascinating atmosphere. The chief-town has been
once residence of ship owners coming from Asia,
and it is an amphitheatre made of Nineteenth
century posh buildings built into a neoclassical
style, located on two hills that raise over
the port oddly dividing it into two different
areas, an orthodox and a catholic one.
the buildings the city hall and Apollo opera theatre
should be noticed, the latter being a perfect
copy of Milan Scala Opera in smaller dimensions.
Markos Vamvakaris was born in Syros, he became
famous since the thirties playing the bouzouki
and rempetika ("road stories") composer,
kind of greek blues with great islamist tone influences.
A museum dedicated to him is located in Ano Syros
charming medieval area, in Ermoupolis top side.