SYMI or Simi is one of the
smaller holiday islands in the Dodecanese group just 9km off the Turkish
coast and north from Rhodes. Boat building and sponge diving once made
the island rich; now tourism has taken. Symi is noted for peace and
tranquillity rather than beaches, which are in short supply. Symi is
also much noted for summer temperatures, which can soar to 38°C.
HISTORY OF SIMI
spite of being a small island, Simi holds a rich history that dates back
to ancient times.
In fact, since 480 B.C. Simi belonged to the Athenian League
However, the old island of Simi was not always known by its current name, as it was formally called: Kirki, Metapontis and Aigli. The name we use today is related to mythology, and is taken from the nymph Simi, who married Poseidon, the god of the sea and gave birth to the later leader of the island’s inhabitants, Hithonios.