If you like nothing better on holiday than to sit on a quiet beach with a good book and a cold drink, then Symi's the place for you!

Although the island is justly famous for its Neo-Classical port and the unspoilt ambiance of a real Greek island, sun-lovers are also well-catered for.

Catch a taxi-boat in Symi harbour or Pedi Bay mid-morning after a leisurely breakfast and choose your destination: from the breathtaking Agios Georgios bay to family-friendly Agios Nikolaos, there is something on the island for beach-lovers of all ages. The sea is swimmable from May to December.

There are several other bays and beaches which are only reachable by water; the best way to see the more inaccessible of them is to book a day-trip on a boat from the harbour.

You can browse the interactive map below for views of the main beaches on Symi. 
By using the "+" key on the map, you can zoom in very close, almost like being there!

Below are descriptions of the main beaches served by taxi boats:
Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas-often shortened to 'St. Nick's) is a popular beach on Symi by virtue of its sand/shingle beach, natural shade, safe swimming, excellent taverna and beach-bar. Popular with families with younger children, as the beach slopes gently into the sea, particularly on the far side. The journey on a taxi-boat from Symi harbour or Pedi Bay will take you about twenty minutes. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, but many people opt for the natural shade provided by the trees. You can buy cold soft drinks, beer and water from the taverna as well as meals and there are two modern, clean toilets there. The last taxi-boat back leaves at 6.30 p.m.

You can also walk from Pedi Bay; following a path marked by red paint circles over the rocks will take you around 20 minutes.

Agios Nikolaos beach, which takes its name from the small chapel you can see at the bottom left of the photo

Agia Marina

Agia Marina on the northern side of the entrance to Pedi can be reached on foot or by water-taxi from the harbour or Pedi Bay. It has a newly-built taverna, sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. You can buy a drink from the bar and relax on the terrace. There is a picturesque chapel on a small island which is very popular as a wedding venue.

The water is incredibly clear; great for snorkelling and and safe for children.

The incredible blue waters at Agia Marina

Nanou Bay
Nanou is only accessible by taxi-boat or a very long walk! The journey will take between 30-45 minutes. The last taxi boat back to the harbour leaves at 6.30pm.

Nanou is a large, sweeping bay, backed by high cliffs, with astonishingly clear water, marvellous for snorkelling (particularly on the far side). The beach itself is made up of medium to large pebbles, so wear something more substantial than flip-flops. 

It is quieter than Agios Nikolaos and the lack of sand makes it less popular for families with children.

There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. There is also a taverna which sells water, soft drinks and beer as well as a meals. There are two clean, modern toilets inside the taverna.

Nanou Bay

Pedi Bay
Pedi Bay has several small beaches and serves as a starting point by water-taxi and on foot to several other beaches.

It is on the bus route and has tavernas, cafés and a kiosk. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available. It is an easy walk from Chorio.

Pedi Bay

Nimborios is a large bay with a pebble beach. There is a taverna with sunbeds.  An old fishing village, there are some summer houses as well as churches but no shops. Accessible by taxi-boat or road.

The bay of Nimborios

Arriving at Nimborios by taxi boat


Marathounda is the last stop on the taxi boat run and the latest of Symi's beaches to be developed for tourism.  It is also accessible by road. The water is very clear and perfect for swimming or snorkelling.

There is a large, newly-built taverna which serves snacks and meals and where you can buy drinks.


Nos Beach
Nos beach, also known as 'Paradise Beach' or sometimes the 'town beach', is to be found by turning left at the clock tower in the harbour and following the road round, through the boatyard at Harani.

Nos is a popular beach made up of small shingle. It has a busy taverna on the water's edge which serves meals and also drinks for the beach. There are modern, clean toilets at the taverna. The beach has sun-loungers and umbrellas for hire.

Nos Beach Symi

Nos beach, seen from the road to Nimborios

Toli Bay

Newly opened up to the public, this small bay is now accessible by car or motorbike, or for the more adventurous a long hike! Taxi boats do not, as yet, run here. With a brand new taverna serving excellent food, sunbeds and good swimming, Toli is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists.

Toli Beach Symi Greece.
Toli Bay

Other Beaches

The beaches above -apart from Toli-are all reachable by water-taxi or on foot. There are many other beaches on Symi which can be explored by booking a round-the-island boat trip (they run daily in season), or hiring your own small boat in the harbour.

The 'Poseidon'' day-trip boat

Beach photos copyright Barry Hankey and Aartworld.com

Photos of Marathounda and Nos beaches courtesy of Foxysislandwalks

This guide was last updated on November 5th 2015