Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 24, 2017

Ano Syros

Ano Syros looks down from above to Ermoupoli, the port town on the Greek Island of Syros.  The 2 towns now blend into one, but they were once separate. It is the town on top of the hill on the left.

It is 3.5 kilometres uphill to Ano Syros from the port so we took the sensible approach and took a taxi to the top and walked down the many steps to the bottom.

Ano Syros is a classic medieval settlement. The little town is famous for its coloured doors. We entered via a laneway just below the church. Come for a walk to the bottom of the hill.

From this point it was some steps up to the church of St George. It was closed but I could see through the grill. The original church was built in 1208, but it has been destroyed 3 times and rebuilt.

There were some excellent views from the top even on a cloudy day.

…down the stairs again.

Ano Syros

We saw a few people along the way, but many of the houses seemed empty. It wouldn’t be easy living with all these steps. I didn’t count them, but there were a lot. The €5 taxi ride to the top was money well spent.


  1. How pleasing to the eye! Thanks Debra.

  2. What a fascinating town. I’d love to see behind those doors.

  3. How gorgeous!

    • We had a leisurely walk down from the top. It was fun.

  4. White and Blue, the colors of Greece are shining beautifully in your images.

    • We were delighted with our visit to Greece. We can’t wait to go back.

      • Back than when I lived in Germany I would go to Greece all the time , island hopping with backpacks.

  5. How lovely. You have whetted my appetite for Greece again.

    • This was our first trip to Greece, but it won’t be the last.

  6. Colourful and wonderful! But the taxi ride is strongly advised….

    • I thought it was a good idea. It was much easier to walk down.

  7. So glad I spotted your post! It’s many years since we were there and it’s wonderful to see it still looking so lovely. Somewhat foolishly we climbed the hill on foot. I remember being seriously hot, even in May 🙂 🙂

    • It wasn’t too hot the day we were there, also May, but I much prefer to walk downhill.

  8. Looks a lovely place! I have been looking at slides I took more than two decades ago in the Greek Islands, and feel it might be time for a trip back……

    • This was our first time to Greece and we loved it. We will be back.

  9. It is amazing to see these places where houses appear to be stacked one on top of another.

    • The houses were probably added to as the families grew.

  10. Greeks know how to make white work! Love the opening view of 2 towns coming one over time. … Hope all is well.

    • Blue and white does very well in Greece, no wonder they are the colours of the flag.

  11. I wondered what it would be like to live there… then you said ‘many houses are empty’!!! I couldn’t imagine doing those steps everyday !! It all looks so perfect in the photographs , reminds me of historical show villages in other places.
    Still pretty awe inspiring… Jx

    • It is very pretty, but not all that practical these days when people would have to leave the village to work and buy groceries.

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