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Mountainous islands of Symi and Chalki (Halki) are ideal place for lovers of quiet secluded vacations

Symi and Chalki (Halki) - Greek islands in the Dodecanese archipelago of Aegean Sea. Chalki is a gateway to Greece, if you arrive to the country from the sea. This mountainous island is ideal for lovers of quiet secluded vacations. There is no bustle, usual for other popular tourist places. A small village stretches along a small bay. A hotel and almost all houses have been updated by British tourist company and are ready to be let for summer. Walking up the hill behind the city hall will take you to the other side of the bay, where there is a beautiful and cozy beach. However, in high season the beach is quite crowded, as it is the only one beach. There are two small markets, bakery, several restaurants, bars and post-office on Chalki island. Symi is mostly rocky island, except its southern part, which is covered with pines, mulberry and fruit trees. Local people are engaged mainly in fishing and sponges collecting. Ano Symi - the main town of this picturesque island, is located on a hilltop, in a 15-minutes walk along a narrow street. Buildings of Symi and Chalki are very similar in style, so the islands are often called sisters.

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