Nimborios is a pebble beach 3km west of Gialos, reached by walking or driving all the way around the harbour and simply continuing along the exposed but utterly beautiful shorefront road beyond. It’s a peaceful spot, with a good little taverna that allows its customers to spend the day on sun loungers beneath the tamarisk trees alongside.


Once a village, now more of a yachting marina and low-key resort, Pedi stretches along the inner end of a large bay south of Gialos, immediately below Horio. The gentle valley behind it has always been the agricultural heartland of Symi.

Two beaches, to either side of the mouth of the bay, can be reached on foot from Pedi or water taxi from Gialos; both have appealing tavernas. Agia Marina to the north is a lagoon-like little bay, facing a delightful chapel-topped islet across turquoise waters, which gets very crowded in summer. Agios Nikolaos, on the south side, is broader and sandier, with decent tree cover and idyllic swimming.

Nanou & Marathounda

Two large bays south of Pedi, Nanou and Marathounda, hold large beaches and tavernas and make great destinations for water-taxi day trips. Goat-roamed Marathounda, backed by a lush valley and also accessible via a rough road, is especially recommended.