Greece, Syros Island –  Climbing within the Princess of the Aegean

While Syros shouldn’t be as effectively often called its extra well-known neighbours (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos or Santorini), it’s the capital and administrative centre of this group of Greek islands, the Cyclades (aka in Greek as Kyklades). It isn’t a well-liked vacationer vacation spot – however that’s in itself a very compelling motive to go to.

Syros Ermoupolis

Ermoupolis city Syros c. Hans Peter Schaefer, Wikipedia  

The island’s historical past, significantly the principle city of Ermoupoli (aka Hermoupoli) is the capital of the Cyclades. With its cobbled streets and superb neoclassical and Venetian structure is rather more fascinating and culturally various than a lot of the different Cycladic islands mixed. (The group includes 56 islands, 24 of that are inhabited). 

Past the city, there’s an astonishing landscaped that begs to be explored.

Drive to Fish Hook

Fish Hook Syros

Fish Hook

From my house on the midwest facet of the island, I look north up the coast and may see the “Fish Hook” prime finish, approx 10 kms away. I had thus at all times wonderlusted about this very distant uninhabited, rugged and rocky top-end – Syros/Syra means rock. I had rounded this mysterious and alluring level many occasions on the ferry however by no means ventured to date by foot.

So when my adventurous, intrepid English mate (I’m an Aussie) and skilled hiker (Gordon) stated he knew the best way, I jumped on the likelihood. We set out on a heat and sunny Could spring day.

From our village of Kini we would have liked to drive to the northernmost accessible highway’s finish of the island, being the agricultural space of Kambos. The half-hour drive up, up, up, is fascinating in itself, taking you previous the well-known archaeological website of Chalandriani.

It’s from right here that Cycladic artefacts (carbon-dated at round 2,500 BC) had been found and at the moment are on show on the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, and different museums.

This northern half is essentially the most elevated a part of the island, which, along with its rugged remoteness, gives a very otherworldly expertise. Assume lunar landscapes and the like particularly round Grammata Bay. The sense of isolation right here is all-pervading.

Grammata Bay

Grammata Bay

2-hour trek from Kambos to the highest

At Kambos, we deserted the automobile and commenced the 2-hour hike in the direction of the islands prime finish, alongside a slim monitor frequented extra by wild feral goats than curious people.

The trail is in most components undulating and rocky, so care is required in go and the place to position your ft. All the best way alongside the central ridge that the trail follows, the views are superb, looking on the close by islands of Andros, Tinos and Mykonos to the east, and Yaros, Kea and Kythnos within the west.

Venomous Vipers in these components are very toxic and may result in loss of life

Being springtime, we had been aware of not disturbing snakes and goannas popping out of their winter hibernation, with our shuffling ft on the slim monitor.

The venomous Vipers in these components are very toxic and may result in loss of life if a chew shouldn’t be handled shortly. This may not be potential in such a distant location. Being an Australian, one is at all times cautious of such prospects.

The cruel and barren topography and flora are able to surviving the sweltering dry, windy summers. The world was nonetheless in bloom, with some low peak resilient floor cowl and shrubs being springtime. Sage and Thyme are a pure native right here, and their great scent provides to the stark magnificence.

We might see herds of half a dozen or extra wild goats roaming the mountainside, having fun with the nice and cozy sunshine and abundance of floor cowl. After the chilly and windy winters, this should be their most gratifying time of the 12 months.

They’re a novel species apparently, bigger and furrier than the goats seen in most different components. This very distant location gives them security from pure predators, so that is their area.

We reached our vacation spot of the fish hook land’s finish the late afternoon, with the solar heading for a western sundown. It was an unusually windless day, and with the ocean beneath us so calm and tranquil, it was a surreal setting. A passing ferry about one kilometre away was the one reminder of civilisation and our intrusion on this elegant place.

Fish Hook, Syros

Ultimate vacation spot – different finish of fish hook

From this spot, I might look again in a southerly path down the coast and make out the faint define of my house, from whence, we got here a number of hours earlier.

The lengthy trek again

With “mission completed” (and having one other field ticked on exploring this glorious island), we commenced the lengthy and tough trek again. It was nightfall once we arrived again on the welcome sight of our ready automobile.

Bodily fatigued however in excessive spirits from the journey, we drove to an area Taverna on the close by village of Sa Michalis. There we joined our different much less adventurous buddies, for a effectively earnt genuine conventional Greek supper, of mountain delicacies.

An exquisite and exhilarating day on sunny Syros. They often say it’s not the vacation spot that counts, however the journey. On this event, it was each.

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