One of the questions we are often asked by visitors concerns what Symi is like in the winter, and it’s often asked because people are interested in spending time here out of season, and quite right too. There’s all sorts of advice one can give, and experiences to share, but one thing we always say, is to be aware of changeable weather. You can see from today’s photos that things can change dramatically overnight. Wednesday was wet and grey, Thursday bright and sunny.
You need to watch out for changeable weather because of the boats. The Blue Star ran yesterday despite the swell (not sure about the Dodekanisos as I didn’t see/hear it, but I wasn’t looking for it), but boats can sometimes be ‘grounded’ in ports and not allowed to travel. This can happen even if it’s gorgeous and calm down here but rough further north – sometimes there’s a ban on all shipping. So, when people ask, ‘What’s the weather like in the winter?’ or even in spring, you have to answer that it’s changeable and hard to predict. If you are thinking of Symi for a visit out of the summer season when the weather is more predictable, then consider the possibility of having to stay in Rhodes a few days while you wait for the weather to change. It’s happened to us – got stuck there for an extra four nights after a holiday once. Had we known, we would have stayed in Romania, where we’d been, as it was cheaper. Not trying to put anyone off, just saying it happens.