Welcome to Ermoupoli
As you sail into striking Ermoupoli, named after Hermes and formerly Greece's main port, its peaked hilltops emerge, each topped by a dazzling church. The Catholic settlers built on high ground, and the 19th-century Orthodox newcomers built from below. Now buildings spread in a pink and white cascade over it all, and the centre is a fun maze of stairways, pedestrianised shopping streets and neoclassical mansions all radiating out from the grand Plateia Miaouli, with its impressive town hall.
Catholic Ano Syros and Greek Orthodox Vrodado spill down from high hilltops to the northwest and northeast of town, with even taller hills rising behind.