Symi (Introduction): Symi belongs to the Dodecanese islands complex and lies 24 nautical miles northwest of Rhodes. The island is very close to the coast of Asia Minor, just 5 miles from Alopos.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Symi, with a population of 30,000 inhabitants was the capital of the Dodecanese and home to the world’s largest sponge-fishing fleet. Today, the population is limited to 2,500 permanent residents.
The majority of the island is covered in rocks, surrounded by smaller islets, such as Nimos, Sesklia, Artikonisi and Plati.
One of the main attractions of Symi are the coves and beaches, many of which are only reachable by «water taxi», (Emborio, Marathouda, Agios Vasilios etc.). The most famous of all is that of Nanou covered with sand and pine trees very close to the sea. The beach is situated on the east side of the island.
During the summer months, the famous Symi Festival takes place with music and drama performances.