Simi, formerly known as Aigli and Metapontis, derives its name from Posideon”s wife, Syme. Simi is also the presumed birthplace of the Three Graces. Simi is included in the Dodecanese Island group in Greece, and is a beautiful, picturesque small mountainous island whose population is just over 2,500. This beautiful isle is alive with small valleys and a beautiful coastline that is steep and rocky in places and wonderfully sandy in others, along with the indention of small coves scattered around. In the main town, you can see stately mansions that date back to around 1373, which was the year the town met with conquest by the Knights of St. John.
Simi has beautiful beaches, as do most of the Greek Islands. You will find wonderful swimming amenities at Yialos, Pedio, Emborios, Marathounds, and Nanou. There are also prime swimming conditions on the nearby islands of Agia Marina and Nimos.
Simis capital city is also named Simi and is located on the islands north side. It is divided into two levels, Ano Simi is the upper level, and Kato Poli, the lower. It is adorned with charming neoclassical homes that feature peaked roofs of red tile and wonderful balconies. At the highest point in Ano Simi, you can view the castle of the Knights of St. John, whose emblem you can see above the main portal.
Emborios is Simi’s second port and is a very traditional village, virtually unchanged by todays modernism. Quaint and still very cultural in the age-old traditions, Emborios is a wonderful stopping point on your visit to Simi. Close to Emborios, you will find Metapontis, which is an old ancient town.
On Simis southwest coast lies the monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis. This landmark was built early in the 18th century, and overlooks the bay. It holds exquisite Byzantine frescoes and intricately carved iconostasis.