As getting to Kastellorizo was a bit too ambitious given our itinerary and the island’s distance from Rhodes, our next stop was Symi. One of the smaller Dodecanese islands, it has a gorgeous harbour full of colourful Italian-style buildings, as well as some great hikes and beaches.
The next day we took the bus to the Panormitis Monastery, located in a bay in the south of the island. It’s pretty but doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes or so to visit, so if you are just visiting Symi for a day or less it shouldn’t be your top priority. You can also opt to do the six-hour hike from the main port there and stay in one of the monastery dorm rooms.
Once back at the port, we walked west along the coast for a little while and found a path that leaded to some secluded rocks and shallow water below. We spent a couple hours swimming and sunbathing there – it felt like our own private beach – before having dinner at Taverna Neraida: tzatziki, dolmadakia, and lamb in honey and mustard, followed by panna cotta with caramel sauce.