Symi is a small Greek holiday islands in the Dodecanese just off the Turkish coast and near to the Greek holiday island of Rhodes. Symi is a popular destination for day trippers and noted more for peace and tranquillity than for its beaches, which are in short supply. The neo-classical mansions that hang off the hills around the main port of Symi are a reminder of the rich pickings once enjoyed by the island's inhabitants.
Greek island visitors can enjoy a new holiday service to Symi after the launch of the ferry boat Panagia Skiadeni. The ferry service started on April 1 with regular services on most days of the week between Symi and Rhodes.
Visitors hoping to catch a Symi holiday ferry this summer have been given reassurances that the car ferry service from Rhodes will continue. A row broke out when rival ferry operators wrote to the the mayor of Symi warning of problems . . .
Everyone in the Greek Islands welcomes this year's rise in tourist visitor numbers but it has brought some problems too. The island of Symi, in particular, is suffering under the weight of tourists who arrive on cruise liners and daily boat trips.
The holiday island of Symi looks set to be the backdrop for a low budget horror movie. Moviemakers have raised cash backing to film 'The Judas Curse' on Symi island later this year.
Tourism leaders are warning that cruise ship visitors to Symi are facing long queues at passport control. Now travel agents are calling for government help to deal with passport checks on visitors sailing into the island's main harbour.
Evidence of volcanic activity near the Greek island of Symi has raised questions of who would 'own' any new volcano that might emerge from the sea - Greece or Turkey. Seismologists report considerable volcanic activity in the sea
Many smaller Greek islands plan on going green in the near future by meeting the full total of all their power needs entirely from renewable energy sources.