This is Armeos Beach on the Greek island of Syros as it looked exactly six years ago today. Lying serenely in the shadow of Ayia Pakou, the Church of the Holy Submission, Armeos is by far the finest beach on this 82 square kilometer hunk of rock.
I posted from and about the island (post 1, post 2 and post 3) during my visit there in November of 2008, my first trip to the Cyclades, so there’s no need to repeat most of that here. Only this, to give you a general idea about this part of the 22km long island:
The village of Gallisas, on the opposite side of the island from (the main port town and capital) Ermoupoli, is among the have-to stops. The south edge of the picturesque Gallisas Bay is divided by a hill; on one side is the attractive tranquil eponymous inlet and on the other is Armeos Beach, set aside for nudists. Perched atop the hill and looking down over both sides is Ayia Pakou, The Church of the Holy Submission. Remains of on old Akropolis have been found here. You can reach Armeos –by far the nicest beach on the island, and I did investigate virtually all of them– by walking up the hill and descending near the church, or you can walk around the hill along a marginally marked path. It’s not a difficult walk, but some careful climbing is involved. A hike up the hill to the south of Armeos, with a bountiful carpet of wildflowers even in early November, is worth the effort as well.
It’s a pebble beach, about 80 meters long, mostly rocky but with a few patches of sand, and exceptionally well protected from winds. Even during the summer months, there are no facilities, so you’ll need to bring your own drinking water. There is also little shade. Listed officially in tourist offices in nearby Gallisas as a nudist beach, locals reported that it does get crowded during the busy season months. I remember it mainly as an extremely relaxing out of season getaway. And having it all to myself.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the 303rd straight, was snapped on 12 November 2008. To give you a more full idea of the area, five more photos are below.