Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

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A panorama of the harbors and town of Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Greece, taken from the church courtyard atop the the hill in Chorio, after hiking up the hillside

 

Sailing into Gialos (Yialos) harbor on Symi Island in the Dodecanese Island chain of12 islands, near Turkey, is like sailing into a picture-perfect postcard.

 

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The brightly painted shops, houses and churches are terraced straight up the hills surrounding the harbors of Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

Pastel Neoclassical mansions, built during Symi’s heyday as a shipbuilding and sponge diving center, line the hillsides above the port.  From the harbor town of Gialos (Yialos) we climbed hundreds of steps (many painted the bright Greek-blue color!) up to the older Chorio section of town.  Along the way, and especially from the churchyard atop the hill, we had sweeping views of the harbor and Symi Bay.  Both the older Chorio section and Gialos (Yialos) were full of cafés, restaurants, shops (particularly sponges, jewelry, and clothing), churches and brightly painted homes.  On two different days we had excellent fresh seafood and local fish luncheons at different small restaurants with outdoor covered terraces on the harbor’s edge, overlooking the harbor and Symi Bay.

 

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Our ship anchored outside the harbor of Gialos (Yialos), Symi, viewed from the hiking trail above a private beach club and restaurant on the point

 

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Entrance to a large private home, hinting at the former glory of the residence, Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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We climbed hundreds of steps (many painted the bright Greek-blue color!) up to the older Chorio section of town, above the harbor of Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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A composition of Greek-blue doors in Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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A palatial opportunity for a fixer-upper real estate developer, Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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The idyllic setting of the harbors of Gialos (Yialos), Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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Greek Orthodox church bell tower in Chorio, Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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The upper portion of Chorio, Symi, Greece, that is not visible from the harbor of Gialos (Yialos) — behind the church at the top of the hill above Gialos (Yialos)

 

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Another Greek Orthodox church bell tower in Chorio, Symi, Dodecanese, Greece

 

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A local homeowner cleaning the public path (steps) in front of her home in Chorio, Symi, Greece

 

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