For those who thought that Greece is only a summer country, you couldn’t be more wrong :-).  Due to its varied nature and culture, Greece is never boring!

Below you can also listen to the Greek audio by teacher Marina. For the Greek text, click on the button here above.

 

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Where to stay on Syros island

If you only intend to visit Syros for just a night or two, we’d suggest choosing a hotel in Ermoupoli, the island’s beautiful capital. You’d want to spend at least a day in Ermoupoli, doing sightseeing, and exploring this fascinating city. Also, Ano Syros is a great location to spend two days, but far from beaches, and be prepared to walk a lot of steps.

However, since Omilo organizes
1- and 2-week courses on Syros island,
we, therefore, suggest mostly accommodation close to the course location in the village of Azolimnos.

Accommodation options in Azolimnos 

Students usually do not have or rent a car, so we suggest accommodation at about 500 meters from the course location, and easy to walk to from the bus station or course location.
The suggested accommodation below are places where students stay regularly every year, and are at easy walking distance from the course location.

1. When you are registered for a Greek course with Omilo in Syros (village of Azolimnos), we can book a room for you in the Family pension “Galaksi”.


The Galaksi pension is located on a small hill and has a beautiful sea view and a common garden/terrace. The hotel owners are also living there, so you will have a lot of contact. The owners do not speak foreign languages, so you will have the chance to use and practice your Greek!

Since the hotel owners are used to local Greek tourism and do not have a website, we can book the room for you and take care of the reservation. You find the prices on our website, and you can indicate your arrival and departure dates on the registration form. Info
https://www.omilo.com/course-locations/accommodation-in-greece/#syros
However, there are only 6 rooms, so rooms are usually quickly fully booked.

2. Of course, there are many other options as well, for every taste and budget.

Accommodation in Azolimnos, which you can book yourself online

If you prefer to book your own accommodation in Syros, you are very welcome to do so.

Here below you will find an easy search tool to see what is available in the village of Azolimnos and go ahead with booking your accommodation
Note: You’ll find that hotels sometimes remove their listings in the off-season. There will be more complete listings of hotels in Syros between April and October.



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Below are some extra links and suggestions for accommodation in the village of Azolimnos, all at walking distance (between 5 and 10 minutes) from the beach and the Echo House, where the course takes place. So for all the options below, you do not need a car. You can walk to the course location, and use public transport to visit Hermoupolis and other villages/beaches.
Many Omilo students have stayed in those places during previous years and were all happy.

Convenient studios or rooms, all close to the beach, and easy walking distance to the course location.

(we only mention some hotel below, which our students have stayed often, and from which it is possible to walk without traffic or on small roads to the beach, bus stop and course location. you do not need to walk on the main road)

Pension Cohili

studios with separate bedroom – behind a tavern and mini market, 100 meters from sea and bus stop, bus sea view for rooms on 1st floor

Pension Kois

studios with separate bedroom – and exactly next to Cohili, see above

Aegean Paradiso

In case you prefer a bigger and more luxurious hotel, with a swimming pool , reception desk and breakfast buffet, then this is a good option. They are located about 150 meters from the beach and behind a minimarket and some houses. It is about 500 meters away from Echo House (where the lessons take place). Rooms are all different, with garden view, or swimming pool view and some with sea views. Note from our students; Very nice hotel, but during July and August, the swimming pool is also often visited by guests and children not staying in the hotel, so it can get sometimes crowded and noisy.

 

Vivianna’s view

Recently renovated hotels, with luxurious studios, at a quiet location in front of the sea. 500 meters walking distance to the Omilo school,  along the sea-side road.

 

Aegean View Studio 1 and Studio 2

Convenient studios, exactly opposite to the bus stop, beach, and above the mini-market. Balcony overlooking the sea and seaside road. During summer it could be noisy, since it is in the heart of the village, and the bus stops in front, but convenient since you have everything you need within 100 meters, with a beautiful view.

Villa Anemona

4 studios with separate bedroom and kitchenette – quiet, at the end of the road, so no traffic and in front of the sea. The Greek owners are also living there, so you can practice your Greek.

Hotel Oasis

rooms, in different sizes. Some are with kitchenette and others without. Some rooms have a sea view, others do not…so make sure you know which room you book. Located at 300 meters from the beach and course location, on a hill, next to the Galaksi pension. beautiful sea view from the terrace, open for all guests.

 

map of Azolimnos

Hermoupolis

Hermoupolis is a great location to stay some days before or after your Greek course.
The beautiful town of Ermoupoli is not only the capital of Syros, but also the administrative capital of all the Cycladic islands.
Founded during the Greek Revolution in the 1820s, it was for a time the main industrial and commercial center of the fledgling Greek state.

As Greece developed, Ermoupoli’s importance declined, but not before numerous neoclassical buildings were designed and built.

Today, visitors marvel at the town’s buildings and aesthetics as they walk the streets. It has a very different look and feel to other towns in the Cyclades. Take your time wandering around the main square and streets, you’ll enjoy it!

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT HERMOUPOLIS, CLICK HERE



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Ready to travel to Syros island, and book your Greek course?

Then you might also be interested to read;

ferries from Syros to other islands – CLICK HERE

Syros island, its culture and music – CLICK HERE

Visiting Mykonos and Delos for a day trip – CLICK HERE

 

 Omilo welcomes students to Syros island, for the 1- and 2-week Greek Language and Culture courses, which take place in summer, between June and September.

For all the details and course dates of  the 1-week courses, click here

For all the details and course dates of the 2-week courses, click here

Here below you find details, tips and useful information on how most participants travel from their country to the course location on Syros island.

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Do you prefer a Christmas tree or a Christmas boat? (Greek text below)
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When we think about December, we usually think of winter and celebrations. Same in Greece 🙂 Once again, it seems this year will be another difficult corona winter,  but even by staying at home, you can still enjoy many traditions and stay in touch. We wish you a nice and healthy December month.
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What does modern Greek history look like?

It’s easy to get caught up with the exciting and dramatic times of Ancient Greece, but the history of the Greek state and nation ever since the Greek Revolution in 1821 (2021 was the 200th anniversary of Greece’s War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire), can be equally fascinating – and stormy!

Click below to read the article in Greek

 

 

The book Ζευγάρια που έγραψαν την ιστορία της Ελλάδας (= Couples who wrote the history of Greece) by Lena Divani is a crossroads between history and fiction. In this book, the author sheds light at the relationships between famous and powerful figures of Greek history, examining their personal lives against the context of the social, political and economic circumstances of their times.

Needless to say, since most of these couples lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, their lives were marked by the Greco-Ottoman war, the creation of the Greek state, World Wars I and II, a civil war, and the Balkan Wars.

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Saffron, a delicious spice coming from the Krokos (crocus) flower, is growing in Greece and known since ancient times! Saffron is being used in many different ways: for its flavor in the kitchen, for its color in cosmetics and paint, for its healing properties in the pharmaceutical sector. Cleopatra saw the value of using saffron in cosmetics, in the Old Testament, it was mentioned because of its essence and Aeschylus described it as a way to dye fabric.
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In every country some days of the year are considered as “national anniversaries” because they remind everybody of important historical events. For most of the people, as well as for public services, these days are also “public holidays”.
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Which is the most important meal of the day? Of course, it‘s the breakfast 😉
Although most Greeks do not really eat a big Greek breakfast or any breakfast at all, slowly slowly things are changing. More and more hotels in Greece now understand the value of breakfast and more and more Greeks also start discovering how many products they actually have to enjoy the most delicious breakfast.

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ATHENS, Greece, September 2, 2021
ΑΘΗΝΑ, Ελλάδα, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2021

Mikis Theodorakis, the beloved and internationally known Greek composer, whose music and political life are also well-known abroad, died on September 2nd, 2021. He was 96.

Theodorakis’ career, which started in his early years, produced a hugely varied body of work. He has not only composed symphonic music, music for operas, ballet, chamber music, but of course a great number of Greek songs.

Apart from his musical career, he is also remembered by Greeks for his stubborn opposition to postwar regimes and dictatorships. He will be never forgotten.

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