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Villa in Symi, Dodecanese Islands, Greek Islands - Peaceful Village Location, Situated On Hillside. Under 10 Minute Walk Downstairs To Harbour
Symi is a gem of a Greek island about an hour’s sea crossing from Rhodes but considerably nearer the rugged coastline of southern Turkey. Symi’s houses, lovingly built in matching styles and contrasting hues, rise impressively up both sides of the permanently calm harbour which is always packed with local fishing boats, smart visiting yachts and local caiques offering day trips to nearby beaches which are perfect for lazy days in the sun. For many people all this makes Symi one of the most welcoming of the Greek islands.
However, the harbour is not Symi’s only charm because if you climb the 450 steps of the Kali Strata (the island’s main thoroughfare) to the upper village a completely different atmosphere prevails along the traffic-free pathways designed for silent exploration on foot against an ever-changing background of contrasting views of the bustling harbour far below and over Pedi beach across to Turkey in the middle distance.
The harbour area returns to its peaceful self by early afternoon, though the shops stay open for the more relaxed attention of temporary residents. The area round the main harbour (Yialos) offers a diverse range of tavernas and cafes – not to mention small shops all keen to have your custom. Once the day visitors leave, it has a completely different, more laid-back atmosphere where groups of locals meet for convivial sessions of ouzo-quaffing and other delights until it’s time for a late dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.
Villa Papa Nikola has been owned by the same family since 1971 and has been recently refurbished. It retains the character of a traditional Greek house and is simply and tastefully decorated and furnished. It is located about a third of the way up the hill between the harbour and Chorio, off the Kali Strata. It is less than a ten minute walk up to the villa from the harbour, but the views of the harbour from every room in the villa makes every step worthwhile. For those that don’t fancy the stairs, there is a regular bus service and taxis that can take you up to the village, but the charm of Symi is in part due to the lack of roads and the narrow and higgledy piggledy steps and passageways, so even for those that choose to get to the village by public transport, you will still need to walk along passageways with a few steps to get back to the villa. But the joy of this is its quiet location – you won’t find a bar or taverna next door!
There are six bedrooms, all en suite, sleeping 12. On the lower floor, accessed from a narrowish terrace, there is one single bedroom and one twin room with its own separate sitting area off the bedroom, with a sofa bed. On the upper floor there are four bedrooms and a high-ceilinged sitting room with a door on to the balcony (what a panorama!). Lastly, there is a small kitchen off the long and shady sitting/dining terrace from which the upper bedrooms are directly accessed. To reach one floor from the other you use one of the short flights of steps, one at each end of the house – there is no interior connection.
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- Mar 26, 2018
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Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Coast/Beach: Papa Nikola is under a ten minute walk to the main harbour where guests will be able to enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants. From the harbour there are water taxis that leave regularly throughout the day to take you to the variety of beaches that the island has to offer. Alternatively, there is a bus from the village that goes to Pedi Bay, a man-made sandy beach. Travel: The most convenient airport to fly to is Rhodes, although Kos is a good alternative. There are regular ferries between Rhodes and Symi. The ferry takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. We recommend you book an early morning flight on Wednesdays to ensure you arrive in time to catch a ferry to Symi that day. For an additional cost, we can arrange for you to be met by taxi on arrival at Symi and driven to a location just a few minutes walk to the villa. A porter can carry your lugguage. Distances: The nearest supermarket is about a five minute walk from the villa. This is also where you will find a bakery, a variety of tavernas and bars. Down at the harbour, which is under a ten minute walk away, there is a wider selection of tavernas, bars, cafes and shops. Further Details: Symi's main thoroughfare is the Kali Strata; 450 steps linking the harbour (Yialos), one of the Mediterranean's most picturesque harbours, and Chorio, the village area where most of the locals live. Villa Papa Nikola is located about a third of the way up the hill. For those who don't fancy tackling the stairs down to the harbour, there are taxis or a regular bus service between the harbour and the village, which is just a few minutes walk across to the villa. There are a few bars and tavernas on this level as well as a small supermarket and bakery. The island's main attraction is a monastery at Panormitis, which can be visited by bus or boat. There are guided walks available. The island has interesting flora and fauna.
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Booking Notes: We require a 30% deposit at the time of booking. A small returnable deposit is payable on arrival in the unlikely event that any damage or breakages occur during your stay. Changeover Day: Wednesday Notes on prices: Please contact us for information on prices not listed here. We offer an under occupancy discount for parties of less than 13 people. The discount is 50 Euros for each unused space under 13. For example, parties of 10 people will receive a discount of 150 Euros off the listed price.