Sailing in Simi waters brings you to Greece’s fabled Dodecanese Islands. Tucked between Turkey’s Datça and Bozburun peninsulas, Simi is just barely across the territorial border of Turkey and Greece. And yet it has a distinctly different character than the small towns and quiet coves of the Carian Coast only a handful of miles away. Like many islands in the Aegean Sea, Simi (also spelled Symi) is quite arid. In contrast, the Carian Coast has many rivers and ample water to sustain the lush pine forests. Another difference that sets Simi apart are the 19th century mansions on the hills above the narrow streets of the capital and main port, Gialos, on the northeast end of the island. A major yachting center, Simi sailing is a paradise for Crewed Yacht charter guests.
Moorings are available. There are numerous good anchorages at Simi. In the main port of Gialos, on the northeast end of the island, the best anchorage is on the south side of the bay in the cove just south of the clock tower, a major landmark in the town. To the southeast of Simi Bay is a narrow, fjord-like inlet at Pehti, an extremely beautiful spot with excellent protection from westerly winds. In fact, the entire east side of the island is indented with picturesque coves perfect for anchoring in an idyllic and tranquil setting. The west coast is more rugged and exposed to the westerly winds, making it much less desirable for anchoring.
Dinghy dockage: Dinghy dockage is available.
Simi is a popular tourist destination. It has beautiful beaches, a thriving downtown district in Gialos and Chorio (the upper section of town), and a host of events and festivals. The restaurants, tavernas, cafés, nightclubs, boutiques, and markets are among the attractions. The Museum of Simi has a fascinating collection featuring artifacts from important archaeological digs as well as folklore exhibits that highlight the rich cultural history of the island. Churches and monasteries pepper the Greek isles and Simi is no exception. Of particular interest is the monastery of Moni Taxiarhou Mihail Panormiti at Panormitis Bay. It also houses a Byzantine and folklore museum. You can rent a car to tour the island. Water taxis are available to take you to scenic beaches. Many of the beaches are also easily accessible aboard your yacht.
All facilities for yachts are available.