Today Symi lives by tourism: in the summer the day-trips from Rhodes can seem to engulf the town, but in the evenings and early mornings, the island regains its tranquillity and charm. A visit to Symi will ideally make time for three things: a leisurely exploration of the harbour and old town; a trip into the mountainous interior; and a boat ride around the deeply indented coast.
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