The natural harbor is Gialos (from Aegialos), around which the city is built amphitheatrically. The upper part of the city, called Horio, is built on the slopes of Mount Vigla. There are also Nimbor resorts (e) virus (from Emborios), north, and Pedi, east. Gialos is connected by road with Horio, Pedi, Nimbor (e) virus and the monastery of Archangel Michael of Panormitis, located at the southernmost tip of the island.
Symi is a world-class tourist destination due to its architecture. Archaeological site was declared the entire island of Symi. The whole of Symi, as well as the islets around it, were declared archaeological sites by the Central Archaeological Council, since they include 159 places – places and monuments – that record the history of the region from the prehistoric to the recent times.
Symi is inhabited since prehistoric times. Some names mentioned are: Kariki, Metaponti, Aegli, and Symi by the name of Glafkos’s husband who is considered the first resident on this land. It is speculated that its original inhabitants were the Carians and the Phoenicians. After that the Dorians came.