Syros – 4

Further up the hill is the Vaporia district with its abundance of wealthy shipowner’s mansions looking out over the Mediterranean. Just down to the right, right by the sea, is the Asteria beach bar. This place is wonderful if you want a refreshing drink, combined with a swim, at the end of the day, but what makes it special is that on the way there, you will almost certainly pass by a large number of healthy cats, who have found different ways to sunbathe, be it lying on a sun-lounger, curled up on a bar stool, or stretched out along an improbably long length of the curving wall as it heads down to the sea.

From the Vaporia district, if you’re feeling fit, you can head up to the Ano Syros area of Ermoupolis, with its churches and the Cathedral of St George. Nearby is the Capuchin monastery of St Jean, founded as a poorhouse in 1535.  

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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