The great thing about this island is that it has everything a Greek island should have: nice beaches, taverns and bars, but it has not been too adjusted to tourism. The reason is that it is the administrative centre of the Cyclades, so the economy is doing well enough for people not to be too desperate for tourism. The most striking feature of the island is the Venetian influence. Just like most of the Cycladic islands, the Venetians came here in the beginning in the 13th century, and were to stay until the Turks took over in the 16 the century.
- The capital Ermoupolis, or Queen of the Cyclades, is pretty which many neoclassic buildings situated in an amphitheatrical way. On the square is a statue of the freedom hero admiral Andreas Miaouli.
- The Apollo Theatre in Ermoupoli is a mini copy of La Scala in Milan. The town also has very interesting churches, for example Ag Dimitrios, Treis Hierarches and Ag Nikolaos.There is also an archaeological museum as well as an interesting library.
- You should also try to get to Ano Syros, a small village in medieval style. Here you can visit the Catholic Cathedral of St George and the monasteries of the Jesuits and Capucins from the 18th and 17th century respectively a little further away. Here is also a museum dedicated to Markos Vamvakaris, a composer of traditional Rebetika music. There are music festivals every summer in this village.
- At Halandriani and Kastri there are archaeological excavations where Neolithic settlements have been found.
The are watersports on many of the beaches.The sunsets are not to be missed.
There are many shops in Ermoupolis, and you'll be able to find everything from modern clothes to souvenirs, ceramics and rugs.
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