Rhodes To Symi Greece Travel Guide
So you want to go to the Greeks Island!? Fun fact: There are 6,000 Greek islands, BUT on 227 are inhabited. Still, 227 is a lot to choose from! Since I only had six nights in total, I knew I needed an exciting island with lots to do and a chill island for relaxing. After some research, I decided on the Greek Islands of Rhodes and Symi. Let this Rhodes to Symi Greece travel guide help you plan your trip.
The island of Rhodes is the capital and the largest of the Dodecanese islands. In terms of size, it is approximately 1,400 square kilometers (541 sq mi). There are two main destinations that most travelers stay, Rhodes and Lindos. As a solo woman traveling, I choose to stay in Rhodes, because it’s more lively than Lindos.
Symi, Greece is an island located 41 kilometers (25 miles) north-northwest from Rhodes. Whether it’s just a full day or an overnight, Rhodes and Symi are the perfect islands for the same trip. The journey across the Aegean Sea between these two islands is approximately 90 minutes. There are a couple of ferry services to choose from—more details to follow.
Rhodes and Symi both have attractions to satisfy any solo female traveler. I loved Rhodes’ island for all action, the old town’s attractions to explore, and the incredible beaches. For the slower-paced part of my trip, Symi was a perfect choice. Symi is a small Greek island ideal for chilling and relaxing and has some of the most idyllic scenery I have ever seen. There is no a lot of action in Symi. I would categorize it as a sleepy island. Perfect for a full day trip or an overnight.
Island of Rhodes Mini Travel Guide
This Rhodes To Symi Greece travel guide starts with information flying into Rhodes. When you arrive at Rhodes airport, you have a couple of options to get to the old town. By taxi or by bus. The bus is really cheap. It cost 2.20 euros each way. A taxi to the old town will run you approximately 30 euros. Consider how many bags you have and if you have the patience to sit on a crowded bus for 40 minutes *traffic pending.
If you choose to say within the old town’s city walls, the taxi will only take you to the gates. The rest of the way, you will need to walk to your accommodations. It should only be a few minutes to walk, but something you should know if you have a lot of luggage.
Staying on the beach is a bit further from the old town itself. It isn’t too far, but depending on your hotel, you may be taking a bus to visit the old town, Rhodes. Unless you choose the couple hotels on the beach that are only within a 20 minutes walk to the old town’s gates.
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Rhodes Beach (Near Old Town)
I spent as much time as I could in the water and on this beach. If you opt to hang at one of these beach clubs, then check out Ronda. It was my favorite spot!
At Ronda, you can get a beach lounge chairs with a towel and umbrella for only 5 euro. The food is a little pricey if you go for sushi, but some of the snacks are pretty cheap. It’s worth the perk of just having your food and drinks delivered to you while you watch the kids jump off the high dive into the crystal blue Aegean Sea.
This boutique hotel has a ROOFTOP POOL: Cook’s Beach Club Rhodes
Windmills and Fortress of St. Nicholas
Admittingly, I didn’t have time to explore the fortress, but I did get some pictures at the windmills! The fortress located at the end of the pier was built in 1465. Several times throughout history, the fort was under seize. What remains today is still pretty impressive.
Getting some pictures at these historic windmills is a must on this Rhodes To Symi Greece travel guide. I took these pictures just after sunrise. You will have the entire place to yourself!
Old Town Rhodes
I think exploring old towns can be the best part of visiting these ancient cities! The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the most impressive fortified cities I have ever seen. You can plan to spend a couple of days really getting to explore it. Some of the highlights for me were the castle gates. These grand entryways are still fully intact and most impressive.
Rhodes City Wall Gates
Palace of the Grandmaster
Visit this 14th century palace yourself or with a guide. The magnificent place has 158 rooms, but only 24 are open for tourists.
Check out the antique furniture of the 16th and the 17th century, and other exquisite artifacts.
The interior grounds are lined with statues and mosaic tiles. A visit to the Palace of the Grandmaster is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Rhodes.
If you are looking to get some nice panoramic view of the island of Rhodes, check out the Clock Tower.
Your small entrance fee also includes a one drink ticket that can be used for soft drinks, beer, wine or hard alcoholic drinks.
Located next to the Gate of Amboise, just one of the many gates into the old town Rhodes is Parko Therme. This park is where many go to get the most Instagramable pictures in Rhodes.
Along this wall concrete wall, you can find many picture-perfect photo opportunities. Just be aware of your surrounding. Rhodes is a safe place, but petty theft can happen anywhere. Don’t leave your items exposed for too long.
Exclusive Rhodes To Symi Greece Travel Guide
After a couple of nights exploring the exciting Rhodes, I wanted to relax in a quiet and picturesque Greek village. Symi, Greece, is the perfect Greek island getaway. I was curious about how many days was enough, and after visiting, I would say 1 night is sufficient.
5 Reasons To Go From Rhodes to Symi
- You can book independently by using travel guides
- You don’t need to go to Rhodes Airport
- Symi has a completely different aesthetic than Rhodes
- The island is small enough for a full day trip
- The ferry journey is only 90 minutes
How To Get To Symi
This Rhodes To Symi Greece travel guide starts off with transportation. Depending on the ferry services provider you choose, you will be limited to visiting the island. With these small islands, there is a small set of trips a day. When making my decision on a ferry company, I went with Dodekanisos Seaways and was very happy. When selecting a Symi ferry, my main concern was the timetable. Dodekanisos Seaways offered a morning drop off to Symi from Rhodes’ island and a return the following day late afternoon.
Another ferry company to consider is Blue Star Ferries. When making this short trip, both companies have comfortable and reliable ferry services. It will come down to price and ferry company schedule.
For the best ferry services price & schedule comparison, I use Direct Ferries. I have linked this to you in the paragraphs above. Booking your trip is made easy with their online service!
Accommodations in Symi, Greece
As I mentioned Symi is a VERY small island! You won’t find large chain hotels when searching. Instead, you will see small guest houses and Airbnb like accommodations. I much prefer these more quaint and charming places over the stock standard hotel.
Many of these available accommodations are within a minute’s walk from the ferry port! I found that to be very convenient. If you do need a taxi, you can find them at the ferry port waiting for people to arrive.
Where to Stay in Symi
I thought it best to give you a few suggestions on where to stay in Symi based on budgets. Below you will find a linked list of the places you should stay on this amazing Greek island.
*Prices range up from $236 per night. Prices vary seasonally.
This is a luxury whole house that sleeps, 12 people. It is truly a rare find! If you are considering this place, you should book immediately, it is often always booked in the high season. Located 1.5 kilometers from the ferry port.
This property has a private swimming pool, a Blu-ray player, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a large living room, a dining area, 5 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms with a shower and a bath. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player are provided. Free WIFI
A charming private cottage with 4 colorful guest rooms. The property features are a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a full kitchen including a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower. It sleeps up to 8 people. Free WIFI
Platanos Cottage is located 1.9 km from Nimborio Beach and 600 m away from Symi Port.
*Prices range from $59 to $177 per night. Prices vary seasonally.
When it comes to accommodations on this Rhodes To Symi Greece travel guide, stay here. The unit has the most incredible view of this idyllic island! Waking up here and enjoying coffee on the balcony was an extraordinary moment for me. The unit has a mini kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioning, and a comfortable bed. However, you must be in shape to climb the stairs. There are approximately 80 stairs to reach the studio. Free WIFI
Nikolitsi Studios– This charming studio is located 100 m from the beach! Just an 8-minute walk from the port. Enjoy the sun terrace overlooking the sea!
Air-conditioned and kitchenette equipped with a fridge. The unit also has a private bathroom. Free WIFI
Highly rated and a great deal for the value. These suites are conveniently located in the center of town. Enjoy the sun terrace and views of the ocean. Some rooms are available with fully equipped kitchens.
*Prices range up to $59 per night. Prices vary seasonally.
This apartment includes air-conditioning and a balcony! Enjoy city and mountain views from Ritzi Apartment! Saint Nicholas Beach is only 2.9 km away.
The unit has a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a washing machine, a private bathroom! Free Wifi
Athina Studios is located 200 m from Symi Port. Select units have a terrace and/or balcony. All units have a fully equipped kitchen and a coffee machine. Free Wifi
Local Food in Symi, Greece
I travel to eat good food, and it really is as simple as that! The local food in Symi is all about seafood! When reading my travel guides, you can count on great restaurant recommendations. If I didn’t care for a place, I leave it off my suggestions. I don’t waste my time writing a bad review; I only include the places I love. Book your dinner reservation with confidence per my top picks!
When it’s a small island, like Symi, often, I don’t have a long list of recommendations. And that proves true here with my short must-try restaurant’s list. I was also only here for 1-day full day/night, so not a lot of time.
Where to Eat in Symi
All these restaurants below are within a 10 minutes walk from the ferry port.
Elpida Cafeneio | Get Directions
If your accommodations don’t offer breakfast, I suggest finding a cafe along the water. Above is one of many located in the main town square. Enjoy a coffee and cake on gaze out into the Aegean Sea.
Lunch / Dinner
MAKE RESERVATIONS! You will want to make reservations if you plan to eat here. This restaurant not only has the best food, but it also has the best ambiance. I would recommend coming at sunset. It’s lovely! The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.
I visited here for lunch, and there was no need for a reservation. If you are visiting in high season, I would recommend it. If you are vegan/vegetarian, you will find many options! Try the zucchini fritters!
Five-star dining with an unforgettable view of the Aegean Sea. Sadly, when I visited this restaurant was temporarily closed. You will want to be sure to MAKE RESERVATIONS.
Exploring Symi, Greece Solo
If you are coming to this magical island alone, don’t worry, there is plenty to do! Symi is the perfect place to spend a full day and/or night leisurely exploring. You won’t have to rush around to see everything since it’s a tiny Greek Island.
Whether you have arrived via ferry services from Dodekanisos Seaways or Blue Star Ferries, everything is within a minutes’ walk.
What to Do in Symi
A Short List of the Must Do’s When in Symi
Explore Symi Town | Get Directions
Symi is one of the most picturesque places I have ever visited. You can spend an hour or so just strolling through the town and browsing in the local shops.
There are several cafes and restaurants along the way for when you need a refreshing drink or snack.
The town is also very photogenic. I spent hours just taking photos and soaking up the atmosphere.
Water Taxi Boat Trips | Get Directions
The water taxi boat trips are the best way to get to some of the island’s incredible beaches.
Why not make a half-day trip to any of these beaches: Nimporio, Lapathos, Agia Marina, Agios Nikolaos, Nanou, or Marathounta.
Relax At The Beach | Get Directions
The Rhodes to Symi travel guide is meant to include a bit of relaxing. Coming from Rhodes, I was a bit tired.
Also, Symi is going to be much HOTTER than roads. I couldn’t believe the heat and felt the need to be in the water as much as possible.
If you are looking for a beach close by the port, I would recommend Sarah’s Beach. I used this beach because of its proximity to the town center. Use the water taxis to reach the islands’ more beautiful beaches.
Panormitis Monastery | Get Directions
Sadly I didn’t make time to visit the Panormitis Monastery. It is something I would do when returning to Symi! Since it’s located on the other side of the island, you need to budget for more time. I was way too interested in lying on the beach to make arrangements to go.
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I can’t say enough how much I love visiting Greece. When traveling solo, as I do most of the time, safety is everything. In Greece I also feel welcome and safe.
If you are looking to explore another one of the Greek Islands, I recommend checking out Corfu! Find out more for Solo Trips to Greece | Corfu!
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