As you sail into Ermoupoli, named after Hermes, its peaked hilltops emerge, each topped by a dazzling church. The Catholic settlers built on high, and the 19th-century Orthodox newcomers built from below.
When Ermoupoli becomes too metro for you, head west on a short bus ride to Galissas, a small resort with one of the best beaches on Syros, several bars and restaurants, and some great places to stay. The main bus stop is at an intersection behind the beach.
Outside of Ermoupoli, Syros comprises a series of hills and valleys folding down to small bays and beaches, most well served by buses. The old resort town Galissas has seen better days. It does have one choice restaurant, Iliovasilema, with fresh seafood and a welcoming ambience. The beaches south of Galissas all have domatia and some have hotels.