Autumn on Symi

Autumn on Symi

Blue Star Patmos has not run aground, no matter how the photo looks. She’s safely moored in the new port area and busy loading/unloading, running a day late due to severe weather in the Piraeus area.

Here I am again on Sunny Symi. The island is gradually quietening down after a most successful summer, but there is still plenty of activity.

I arrived yesterday, Friday 8 October 2022)/ My flight into Rhodes arrived the previous evening and was actually 10 minutes early. In a splendid display of efficiency by Immigration, Baggage Handlers, Customs, and a friendly taxi driver, I was unpacking my bag in a room at the Plaza Hotel 1 hour after landing. This was helped because the Kremasti Bridge reconstruction which started 2 years ago  was completed in July this year. The diversions have been removed, and the new, wider, bridge is available to traffic in both directions.

A reminder for those who still think they need to prebook a taxi from Rhodes Airport to Rhodes Town or to the ferry, no you don’t. Just as always, even at 11.00pm. there were still plenty of taxis available. The reverse direction can be different depending on which part of the port you arrive in.

Then in the morning the Sebeco was waiting at Kolonna for me to board her. I had wondered, because since she moors side on, she takes up the space both Dodekanisos Seaways catamarans fit into, so when with the October timetable there are nights when she stays in Rhodes, I thought there might be a conflict. In fact what happens is that if Sebeco is due to spend the night at Rhodes, she arrives at the Tourist Port and stays there overnight, shifting across to Kolonna in the morning. If she overnights in Symi, there’s no problem, except on Tuesday afternoons when she has to use the Tourist Port to depart back to Symi.

2 thoughts on “Autumn on Symi

    1. Well four out of the five ferry operators that sailed between Rhodes and Symi last year have put timetables for May on their websites. Blue Star is still missing. But very few of these are bookable. My guess is that they are actually draft timetables rather than the final versions because some of the sailings are government subsidised and there seems to be a mountain of contracts on the Minister’s desk waiting signing. If I can clarify the situation at all I’ll do a blog post this week. As I’m sure you already know you can rely on morning sailings from Rhodes to Symi and afternoon sailings back, probably from several ferry lines, It is sailings the other way round (Symi to Rhodes in the morning, Rhodes to Symi in the evening) that are subsidised, along with Blue Star and SAOS Ferries sailings to and from the other islands.

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