Things to do in Syros / Syros Villages / Ermoupolis Syros
Ermoupoli has received this name, according to tradition, from Hermes, the Messenger of the gods, guardian of profit and trading. Ermoupoli is the capital city of Syros, but also the capital of the prefecture of South Aegean and is gifted with a long history.
Since 3000 BC (prehistoric era), archaeological findings are located in the area, suggesting that the whole island of Syros was inhabited. During the Roman Era (184 BC – 324 AD), the capital of Syros was located at the same place where Ermoupoli is located now. It isn’t until the Greek Revolution of 1821 that Ermoupoli begins to transform into the biggest trade, naval, industrial and cultural center of the newfound Greek state.
Ermoupoli is widely known for its unique architectural style, found in most of the people’s houses and estates and public buildings as well. The Venician and Cycladitic architecture form a majestic combination, along with the neoclassic style and some romantic influences taken from the western European architecture, making Ermoupoli a unique “Architectural Museum”. Everyone can admire the samples of this beautiful architecture, while walking through the town’s graphic narrow streets or via a traditional horse carriage. Among the outstanding landmarks that someone can enjoy in Ermoupoli, are of course its majestic “plazas” (named Miaouli Square and Syntagma Square), the public theater “Appolon” (built in 1862) and the imposing temple of “ St Nikolaos of the Rich”.
During the day, anyone could also take advantage of the possibility to visit Ermoupoli’s 5 beaches, all covered with small pebbles and located very close to each other: Agios Nikolaos, Kymata, Taliro, Vaggelidi and Asteria. Those beaches that are close to the town might be small, but they can definitely offer a cool shelter during the summer months.
Good food and a vivid nightlife are also features that Ermoupoli will gladly offer. There is a variety of little taverns with extraordinary view, where someone can enjoy Greek or Italian cuisine. Most of these restaurants offer a particulary large assortment of fresh sea food, oyster plates, fish and meat plates, fit for every taste. (For example San Mixali’s cheese is a local specialty which marvelously accompanies homemade dishes and Syrian whines as well. As for dessert, the local pastry delights, such as loukoumia, “halvas” pies and almond treats will surely satisfy even the most demanding palates). As for the nightlife in the city, one might say that Ermoupoli maintains an alternative style, with “ouzeries” and little bars being the main attraction.