The Capital Island (Syros)
July 9 (without spending the night here)
A large harbor with two hills towering above it. Most of the public buildings, churches, schools, stadiums and many mansions were built in the elegant neoclassical style, with heavy doors, plaster decorations, cornices at the windows and fine ironwork on the balconies. For many decades during the 19th century the town of Ermoupoli, capital of the island and of the Cyclades island group, was Greece’s main commercial harbor but not anymore. Today the whole island (32 sq mi) is mostly famous for its tourist attractions: beaches, sports facilities, taverns & nightlife.
Syros also has a British cemetery where various people are buried, including many seamen and servicemen who died in the Cyclades region, particularly during the Second World War. The consulates of France, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries bear witness to the connection of Syros with the wider European scene.