The great thing about this island is that it has everything a Greek island should have: nice beaches, taverns and bars, but it has not been too adjusted to tourism. The reason is that it is the administrative centre of the Cyclades, so the economy is doing well enough for people not to be too desperate for tourism.
Very unusual for Greece is that half of the populations is Catholic. Despite the fact that the island is very harsh, people grow vegetables, make wine and breed animals. They also build ships and make cloth. The shipyards of Syros are of the most important factors that help the economy of the island. Syros is also famous for its loukoumia (the Greek version of the Turkish delights) that are exported to Greece mainland and many countries.
The most striking feature of the island is the Venetian influence. Just like most of the Cycladic islands, the Venetians came here in the beginning in the 13th century, and were to stay until the Ottomans took over in the 16 the century.
The Apollo Theatre in Ermoupoli is a mini copy of La Scala in Milan. The town also counts very interesting churches, for example Agios Demetrius, Treis Hierarches and Ag Nikolas. The archaeological museum and the library are of interest.
Many beaches offer water sports. You must not miss the sunsets from Syros . In Ermoupolis you go for walks, admire the buildings such as the Town Hall building, the Miaouli Square, the theatre and the public library.
The coasts on the South and West side are generally considered to have the best beaches.
Galissas beach is a very beautiful sand beach, Vari, Finikas Bay and Gialos are also popular beaches without being overcrowded.