Syros is an island in the Cyclades and its inhabitants are called Syrians / Syrians. The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari. Its capital is Ermoupoli, which is also the capital of the Cyclades Prefecture and the seat of the South Aegean Region. It has always been a significant port town and during the 19th century it was even more significant than Piraeus. Syros was particularly developed after 1826, when refugees from Psara, Chios, Crete and Asia Minor settled. It was the naval, industrial and cultural center of the new Greek state. The name Syros has its roots in the words “sour” or “osoura” which mean “rocky” in ancient Phoenician. In Homer’s Odyssey the island is mentioned as “Syrie”. The philosopher and astronomer Pherecydes was born on the island in the 6th century B.C.
The “Lady of the Aegean” is said to be built amphitheatrically on the hills surrounding the port. It is surrounded on the east by the islands of Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, west of Sifnos, Serifos, Kythnos, Kea and north of Gyaros.
There is a large Catholic community on the island. Characteristic is the harmonious coexistence of Catholics and Orthodox, with mixed marriages being a frequent occurrence. In Syros, the two churches celebrate Easter on the same day (on the Orthodox date).
Don’t forget to taste the Syros’s Turkish Delights (Loukoumia).These are soft and chewy sweets, flavoured with rose water, pistachios, almonds and the like are a true specialty of Syros.