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Ano Syros in Syros

Ano Syros lies on a hill about 3 km northwest of Ermoupolis. It is barely noticeable that Ano Syros is another town, from a distance it looks like Ano Syros and Ermoupolis is the same town, but it is actually a separate municipality and it is much older than Ermoupolis.

 

Ano Syros is located on top of Ermoupolis.

Ano Syros is located on top of Ermoupolis.

 

 

The town was built by the Venetians in the early 13th century. The large Catholic church of Agios Gergios dominates the skyline and there are many beautiful medieval houses. The view from the top is absolutely stunning, you see the whole of Ermoupolis and the big blue sea. In clear weather you see Andros, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Tinos from here.

 

One of the entrances to Ano Syros.

One of the entrances to Ano Syros.

 

Once you have entered through the walls of Ano Syros you will be met by a warren of narrow streets with small winding alleys and ancient steps. It is not difficult to find a way into the town, there are several entrances, but to find a way out is not as easy. Either you get lost or you have been enchanted of the picturesque beauty and stay therefore, or you may get stuck in one of the tavernas.

 

Map of the car-free village of Ano Syros on Syros in Greece.

If you can read Greek, you will easily find your way around Ano Syros. :-)




View over Ermoupolis from Ano Syros.

View over Ermoupolis from Ano Syros.

 

Taverns and restaurants in Ano Syros in the Cyclades.

Taverna with views in Ano Syros.

 

The famous musician Markos Vamvakaris (1905-1792) was born in Ano Syros. He is considered to be one of Greece's most prominent within the traditional style of music known as rebetika, which is a Greek form of blues if you strain it a bit. Before he became famous, he worked as a butcher. When he heard a bouzouki player, he decided to learn to play within six months, otherwise he would chop off his arm. He succeeded, of course, and eventually became famous in whole Greece.

 

Markos Vamvakaris Museum in Ano Syros.

Markos Vamvakaris Museum in Ano Syros.

 

Vamvakaris wrote lots of music. Good music. Including the classic song Frangosyriani that every Greek knows by heart. You have heard it for sure. Many other artists have recorded the songs of Vamvakaris during the years, including Georgios Dalaras who released a double CD with just songs of Vamvakaris. It is highly recommended. The house of Vamvakaris in Ano Syros is a museum today.


One of many cosy alleys in Ano Syros.

One of many cosy alleys in Ano Syros.

 

Ano Syros above Ermoupolis is one of the finest villages in Greece. .

Turn left or right?...

 

Beautiful houses, alleys, balconies, flowers, doors and windows on Syros in Greece.

... it does not matter, everything is beautiful in Ano Syros.


If you like bougainvillea you will love Ano Syros.

If you like bougainvillea you will love Ano Syros.

 

Ano Syros is an almost as photogenic village as Chora on Amorgos.

Ano Syros is an almost as photogenic village as Chora on Amorgos.

 

ACCOMMODATION IN ANO SYROS

There are very few hotels in Ano Syros, the more there are in Ermoupolis. If you want to stay in Ano Syros, perhaps Wind Tales is what you are looking for. I have not stayed there, but I would really like to do it.

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