The captivating Symi, 12 nautical miles north west of Rhodes, is an interesting option for a day trip from the island of the Knights. Built in the shape of an amphitheater, it has a beautiful villages which have been declared a national heritage because of their particular traditional, neoclassical architecture.
Also note that the entire island has been designated an archaeological site by the Central Archaeological Council as it has sites and monuments that promote and demonstrate the history of the region from prehistoric to modern times.
Gialos is the port on the island, which is where most of the tourism is centered. Its characteristic features include the beautiful and colorful houses built in a semi-circle on the slopes of Mount Vigla. The landmarks here are the Clock Tower, the campanile of the Annunciation, the Town Hall and the Naval Museum in Kampos Square, as well as the Archaeological-Folk Museum and the Maritime Museum of Art.
Head for the Village above Symi town which lies on top of the hill and stands out for its narrow streets and brightly colored neoclassical buildings. Make sure you visit the Megali Panagia of the Castle, the island's castle, known as Pontikokastro, and the mills.
Also make sure you see the monastery of Archangel Michael in Panormiti up close, as well as some of the beaches on the island, such as Nos, Agios Giorgios Dysalonas, Agia Marina, Nanou and Faneromeni.