Symi is the eighth largest island in the Dodecanese. Located 12 miles NW of Rhodes and is 255 miles from Piraeus, about 27 miles from Nisyros and 3.7 miles from the coast of Turkey. Port is called Yialos, around which the city is built amphitheatrically. Other settlements are Emborios, Marathounda, Pedi and Panormitis with important pilgrimage of the Archangel Michael. Simi such as Kalymnos, has a tradition of sponge fishing. Nowadays many permanent residents are foreigners, mainly British.
Symi produces goat cheese and honey. You should taste “akoumia” (honey doughnuts), cheese pie “tourtes” and prickly pear liqueurs. The carved furniture and hand-made fabric from Symi is well-know all over Greece. Traditional mill, distillery of raki (from fig) and candle factory operate in monastery of Panormitis.