The anchorages on Syros:
Right at the Northern edge of Syros island sits an idyllic beach. Its name is Grammata, named “letters” after the inscriptions rocks which bear the prayers of sailors, this quiet and secluded beach is ideal for tourists who want to enjoy a serene afternoon or day at a beach by themselves.
This blissful beach gives travellers shelter under its sturdy tamarisk trees, while the rocks on both sides shelter the beach from the Northern winds. The Volcanic cliffs hug the coastline, providing a safe place to berth and a quiet beach to feast.
Grammata Beach is situated north of Palassa bay, and North West of Syros. It is accessible by sea or on foot. The beautiful cove provides shelter from the winds, and it is a great place to await harsh weather. One can anchor on the Western or Eastern side of the bay. Hikers can take the trail from Ano Meria that takes about an hour.
When a pebbly beach meets rich history, you can rest assured that you have the best of your vacation.
Whether you take a hike or take a boat, you get the best of both worlds. Whatever way you decide to get there and whatever activity you choose, indulge in the beauty that is Grammata.
History of Ormos Grammata
The Grammata bay is full of history. Its history as a place for stone excavations is evident in chisel features. Due to its strategic location, it served and still serves as a place for ships to take refuge in harsh weather. The shelter from the rocks was a safe place on a dangerous coast filled with mountains and islets. In difficult weather conditions, the welcome arms of this bay provided shelter for weary sailors. Their inscriptions on the rocks are a testament to this fact.
Over 2000 years ago, prayers were inscribed on the rocks of the Grammata beach. The inscriptions are all in the Greek language. They speak of Dioskurve, Beaver, and Poluksit, who are protectors of seafarers and their ships. The inscriptions also refer to Jesus Christ.
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The inscriptions on the Grammata bay tell stories of thousands of sailors thanking their gods for good fare thus far and praying for a good way as they move on. These inscriptions have survived for thousands of years.
The values of this natural bay range from scientific to historical, from archaeological to cultural, and from spiritual to touristic. It tells stories of men long forgotten, bringing memories back to life.
The inscriptions are tagged Christian and idolatrous. The Christian classification belongs to the Romans, while the idolatrous belongs to the Byzantine period. The name, official title, and place of origin of the inscribers included. Most of the inscriptions invoke Asclepius, while the Christian ones bear the sign of the cross.
This secluded sandy and pebbly beach with beautiful tamarisk trees invite beachgoers into its sparkly waters. Its white lush sands encourage children to play. Hikers can take a deep after a long walk and revel in the reward of its warm waters.