There is no better place to retreat to in Europe than to a Greek island. The peaceful Greek islands offer many choices of retreats that can fit into the expectations of any traveller from the well-seasoned traveller to the first time in Europe peace loving and retreat seeking traveller. One particular Greek island that is ideal to use as a retreat is Symi, which is also spelt as Symi and Syme. The imposing and secluded island has been used as a place of retreat for many years by the Danish and by other Europeans because of its location as well as its historical roots.
The Greek island is located off the coast of Turkey. From Symi one can take a boat to Datka, Turkey, and spend a delightful day shopping at the ancient bazaar. From Symi one can take a boat to Rhodes and revel in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Crusaders built island. One can visit places from Symi or stay on the island and retreat into a very sophisticated but quiet island way of life that will soon rejuvenate your body as well as nourish your spirit.
There are many quiet inns as well as motels to rent space from while retreating in Symi. The cost of your rental depends on the area and the innkeeper. You will find many pleasant dining facilities from outdoor bars to island style inside dining that will surpass your expectations of fine dining.
While in Symi, you will want to explore the alluring mountains that hold quiet, well-tended monasteries that are sometimes used as motels as well. Besides mountain climbing and other safe exploration, you might like to rent a small boat and quietly visit the many coves that make Symi a surprising place to visit.
There is only one way to get to Symi and that is by boat. There is, available, a helicopter service that is used to transport seriously ill residents to Rhodes for hospital care. Aside from that, your only way into and out of Symi is by boat. Your stay in Symi will be more pleasant if you arrange for accommodations before coming into the island although you will have no problem in finding accommodations if you should wait to find accommodations until you arrive in Symi. The money used in Symi is the Euro. There are banks on the island that are clearly seen when you land in the Yialo or the main harbour of Symi.
The island temperature is hot but very easily tolerated as it is a dry heat that allows for easy breathing. There are air conditioners in Symi called ceiling fans and some window air conditioners. The island is computer friendly and Internet cafes are easily found. The OTE offers Internet service and there are all the usual amenities found on Symi that a sophisticated traveller might need. The best part about Symi is that one can retreat to a quiet lifestyle without missing any of the distracting and disturbing aspects of your existence that you are seeking to find a retreat from to recharge your batteries and go back home to after your vacation retreat.