Syros is 78 nautical miles south-east of Athens. The size of Syros island is 32 square miles. Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, is five times bigger. However, the two islands have almost the same number of inhabitants.
Today was our first full day, and J.J. and I began our walking tour. The two of us quickly realized that Syros has not developed as a tourism destination. We first noticed this by the number of ferry passengers who arrive and depart from Syros. Nearly 95% of signs are in Greek. There’s no tourism office, no maps in English.
While J.J. enjoyed his coffee, I explored Miaouli Square. Designed by the Bavarian architect, Wilhem Von Weller in the early 14th Century, this is the main square. The name honors Admiral Andreas Miaoulis who was a hero of the Greek War of Independence. Built in the standard of Italian cities, Miaouli Square is the site for several important buildings in Syros including the Town Hall of Emoupolie and the Public Library.
J.J. and I enjoyed our lunch at a seafood restaurant facing the harbor.
Aloha -- Cathi