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Ermoupolis is a capital town that reminds travellers of the island’s past. It boasts Orthodox & Catholic churches, neoclassical mansions, and charming cobbled streets. The destination is ideal for a family getaway, a relaxing beach holiday, a romantic sojourn, and also to step back and witness conventional island life.
Travellers who have been to Ermoupolis come back with fond memories. They say that it is the most beautiful town with a bustling port, neoclassical marble buildings, and visually appealing Venetian mansions.
As soon as you disembark on a journey to Ermoupolis in a ferry, you will be mesmerized by the grand island. You will be enthralled by the sight of the blue-domed Church and the twin villages on the hill that are visible even from a distance.
Mykonos is a neighbouring island from where you can take a ferry to reach Ermoupolis. Ermoupolis belongs to Syros Island and is the main port. Dock at Ermoupoli and get ready to witness the history and culture of the island.
As you approach Ermoupolis, you see a twin village, a cathedral, and a lighthouse on Nisís Gáïdharos.
Be careful while you approach Ifalos Karfomeni shoal water and reef on the harbour’s SW side. The yacht should be close to the N breakwater’s end as there is good depth. This way the reef and bunkering station can be avoided.
In case of large ferries approaching the island, one has to take special care as they churn in and out of the harbour. The SE winds can be dangerous and uncomfortable for small yachts.
Ermoupolis an administrative capital with Venetian influences. The neoclassical architecture is mesmerizing and one can easily soak into the history and culture of the island. Come for a day trip or stay overnight and enjoy the peaceful environment.
Some of the top things to do here include prancing around the quaint cobbled lanes and witnessing the beauty of the Grand Apollo Theater. The beautiful Ermoupolis fishing harbor is not just meant for peace-lovers. You can also sit in a cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee. If the adrenaline rush is pushing you to jump off a dock, you can swim in the Aegean without a sweat.
History of Ermoupolis Fishing Harbor
Ermoupolis was named after the god of trade and the winged messenger. It continues to be one of the most bustling commercial towns. Earlier it was in Upper Ermoupolis and gained popularity during the Ottoman period.
There was a time when Syros enjoyed commercial prosperity as a crucial maritime trading centre. The evidence of the colourful and rich past is still visible in the town. The neo-classical architecture of the majestic marble squares showcases the history of Ermoupolis Fishing Harbor.
Just like any other Greece coastal town, this town is also built in a wondrous amphitheater-like style. Don’t forget to walk past the popular captain’s mansion and enjoy local cuisine in a quaint restaurant.
Places of Interest
The archaeological museum in Ermoupolis is one of the oldest in Greece. It was founded in the year 1834 but in 1899, it was moved to the Town Hall. The stairs that lead to the Town Hall are Instagram-worthy.
As you enter the Town Hall, you will find four large rooms occupied by the Archaeological Museum. There are some interesting artefacts in the museum including Amfikypellon which is a 15cm cup. A 730 BC marble statue of a woman stands tall even till date. Archaeologist Christos Tsountas has exhibited some of his projects in this museum.
The Apollon Theater was built in 1864 by an architect named, ‘Pietro Sampo.’ The theatre is still active and the locals hold exhibitions, performances, lectures, and annual music festivals too.
The Nikoloas Church offers a visual treat to the travelers. Situated on a mighty hilltop, the church overlooks the Ermoupolis harbour. The blue-domed church can be seen from a distance and it adds to the beauty of the island. It was built in the 19th century and consists of two bell towers.