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Greek Island of Syros Voted as Top Destination for Solo Travellers

The town of Ermoupolis on the Greek island of Syros was ranked as the friendliest city in Europe for solo travelers.

According to the popular tourist website booking.com, which uses millions of reviews every year to rank destinations, Ermoupolis tops every other city in Europe in terms of aspects like walkability and group accommodations, where a solo traveler could make new friends and join in on events of the local community.

The charm of the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis

Ermoupolis is the picturesque capital of Syros and the Cyclades archipelago.
This is an island that could be described as a hidden gem in the Cyclades. It is known for its impressive neoclassical architecture and welcoming atmosphere. Many of Ermoupolis’ grand marble buildings date back to the mid-1800s, a prosperous era when the city thrived as a major port and commercial center.
Architectural highlights include the Apollo Theatre, which is a miniature of Milan’s La Scala. Additionally, the Ermoupoli Industrial Museum showcases the island’s manufacturing heritage, where solo travellers can learn interesting information about the island’s rich history and past. Of course, Ermoupolis is also home to numerous elegant mansions that were built by wealthy shipowners and merchants in previous decades.
The pedestrian-friendly town centre invites its visitors for a leisurely exploration, though the steep streets and steps can be a workout.
Ano Syros, the charming medieval quarter perched on the hill above Ermoupolis town centre, features charming narrow alleys and stunning colourful doors, typical of the Cyclades.
The capital of the Cyclades archipelago offers a relaxed, authentic Greek island experience without the mass tourist crowds of other -nearby– destinations. Friendly locals, beautiful beaches a short bus ride away, and a traditional Greek vibe make Ermoupolis a welcoming and ideal base for solo travelers looking to slowly discover the authentic Greek charm.

Where to Stay on Syros Island

Rooftop Sea View from Hotel Aristide Syros
Syros, Hotel Aristide Rooftop View. Credit: Hotel Aristide
If you’re going to visit Syros, it’s best to stay in the town of Hermoupolis, especially the neighborhood of Vaporia. Located just above the downtown area, the Vaporia neighborhood has an incredible view of the waters off the island and the entrance to the port.
Tourists will find incredible service and enjoy an authentic stay at one of the many local renovated neoclassical hotels, such as the eco-friendly Aristide Hotel.
Besides boasting a jaw-droopingly stunning interior decor, Aristide is an incredible unique hotel thanks to its environmental consciousness. The hotel serves local, organic food, and composts any leftovers. The hotel also plants trees in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of its guests. In addition, there are no single-use plastics in the hotel at all.

The other three European destinations

The city centre of Viana do Castelo in Portugal.
The city centre of Viana do Castelo in Portugal. Credit: The city centre of Viana do Castelo in Portugal., Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Along with Greece’s Ermoupolis, three more European destinations made it to the top of booking.com list for the ideal places to visit if you’re a solo traveler.

Viana do Castelo, Grindelwald, and Uzès are three charming European destinations that are the most welcoming places for solo travelers in Europe.
Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal attracts numerous water sports enthusiasts with its Atlantic beaches and their impressive waves. It also offers historic architecture, a lively fishing port, and a restored hospital ship museum.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, Grindelwald is a haven for skiers, hikers, and nature lovers from around the world. With iconic peaks like the Eiger and Jungfrau accessible via cog railways and cable cars, it is a dream winter destination.
Uzès in southern France’s Provence region is known for its honey-colored stone houses, charming medieval streets and a vibrant market where friendly sellers try to persuade you to buy local specialties.
Source: Greekreporter.com

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