The Greek island of Simi, or Symi is one of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea.


Simi Town is the largest town on the island.


At the harbor at Gialos, or Yialos, in Simi Town, there are steep hills on both sides of the water. Neoclassical white houses, with ochre and brown decorations, are arranged in rows along the hillsides.


Simi was very prosperous in the 19th century, when it had large shipbuilding and sponge diving industries. Today, many of the local residents still rely on sponge diving and shipbuilding, as well as on fishing, for their incomes.


Tourists who are interested in religious architecture will want to visit Simi's many churches and monasteries.


The 18th century monastery of the Archangel Michael at Panormitis is Simi's most well-known monastery. Its interior is covered with Byzantine paintings. The monastery is connected to a church that was built around 450 AD, where a temple to Apollo once stood.


In the yard of the monastery there are two museums. One contains religious items and the other contains items associated with folk culture.


The monastery of the Archangel Michael Roukouniotis, on the western side of the island , was built in the 14th century.


Simi Town has is a 14th century Venetian castle.


An archeological museum near Simi Town, contains Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts. There is a large folklore collection which contains traditional clothing and musical instruments.


There are many beaches on Simi. Nimborios Bay has a pebble beach. Snorkeling is popular along the beach at Agia Marina is popular with snorkelers.


Although you can reach some beaches on foot, you may have to take a water taxi to get to others.


A festival of music and drama takes place in Simi during the summer.