A unique, stone-built, traditional house (43 sq.m), dated in the 16th century!
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Hi, I consider myself a lucky man, who got married to a woman from Syros...! I live and work between: Athens, Syros, Cycladic Islands and Zante (where I come from) practicing law, as an attorney at law. Basically, I felt in love with Syros, at first sight (1993), and all of its rare beauties. I enjoy meeting people from different destinations and cultures, as much as I enjoy traveling to new-and original-places. Most of all, I enjoy undiscovered places, authentic life and traditional food & architecture, that dreams are made of....
Owner purchased this House in 1570
Why Owner chose Ano Siros
If you want to have the real feeling of living in the past
What makes this House unique
Perhaps it is a very rare oportunity for everyone to stay and live in an authentic medieval house of nearly 500 years old
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The traditional settlement of the Old Town of: “Ano Syros” is the first settlement of the Island. Dated among 1200 AD till now, it was built as a natural fortress, on top of a hill, so that to avoid pirates and other intruders. Therefore, the whole Town is built in different levels, through staircases. For this reason, access by means of transportation is not possible into the Town. However, the house is relatively close to an old Entrance of the settlement (named "Persinos"), where you might park your car, free of charge. From this point you will need to walk around 2’ min, climbing up stairs (about 60 steps distance, which is, relatively, close). This entrance is located at the rear (west) side of the settlement, so it is not very crowded or busy. However, If you like, you might also reach the house entering from two different Entrances (which are main, but a little bit further) named: “Ano Terma-San Tzortzis” and “Kamara”), where you might also find your self a free parking, for your vehicle, and then walk down, or up, to the house, by steps.Ano Syros is a medieval settlement built like a fortress, to avoid pirates’ attacks, from 8th-13th century. There used to be gates that locked (for example “Kamara”). Here were living the first inhabitants of the island. They were under Frankish and then Venetian occupation for many years. Therefore the majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
1. St. George Cathedral: is a catholic church on top of the hill, built in 1200 a.c.
Enjoy the view from the top of the hill). Just walk up the stairs till you find a yellow big wall on your left hand.
2. Piazza: is the main street where all the local activity is taking place. You may find shops with traditional products, restaurants, local museums, exhibitions for ceramics, jewelry, painting are hosted there occasionally.
(in order to go from the house down to piazza, just look at the steps on your right hand. Follow the steps that have a marble in the middle- it is the guide that will take you to the main streets and piazza).
3. Marcos Vamvakaris museum at Piazza: M. Vamvakaris was born and lived in Ano Syros. He started singing and composing in the Tavern of Lilis. He is the founder of Rebetico, the traditional folkloric music (bouzouki). He composed the famous song “Fragosyriani”.
4. Exhibition of traditional occupations (Piazza)
5. Monasteries: Capuchin Monastery of St. John. The first church on your way from home to Piazza. In its basements, there are crypts that served as shelters from pirate raids.
Convent of the Jesuits our Lady Carmel. The first church on your way from home to St. George Cathedral. Both were created around 1635 during Turkish occupation. Ano Syros was protected by Roman Catholic Church, at that period.
You may find a mini market in the middle of Piazza and a pharmacy in the Kamara entrance.
Taxis from Ermoupolis (Plateia Miaouli, or Port) to the House ("Persinos" Entrance), cost aprox. 4-5 euros (you can ask them to come & pick you up). (Syros Taxis & Hermis Taxis).
Otherwise, Free mini-Buses, start from Ano Syros to Ermoupoli, and leave from “Kamara” and “Ano Terma”, stations, You can check out schedules.
From Ermoupolis: Buses to the beaches “KTEL”, leave every half an hour (for different destinations) At Port Station.