Galissas is located on the western side of the island and is just 7 km from the port of Syros. It has a small harbor with stone pier and palm trees. From the 80’s when started the tourism boom of the island, Galissas was always the most visited village. Galissas has about seven hundred people with occupations in agriculture, animal husbandry. Youth gives intense stigma with several cultural events (theatrical performances, festivals and traditional celebrations).
Access to the village is very easy as there are daily local buses to and from the region. You will also find companies to rent cars, bicycles and motorbikes. Finally, access with your own transport is easy as the roads are paved, and there are many places to park.
The main beach is probably the largest sandy on the island and dew from the trees. Ideal for all age groups, even for small children (large loop in shallow blue water). There are plenty of sun beds and parasols. A variety of water sports can be hired such as canoeing, pedal boats and beach soccer in organized court. Walking from the beach to the center of the village you will meet several restaurants, cafes and other tourist shops.
In Galissa you will find a variety of hotels, rooms and apartments. Many of them are coastal. There is even a camping for those who choose to have alternative vacations.
In the area there is also ‘Armeou’ a quiet beach in the bay of Saint Pakou, popular with nudists, no shops or any other tourist infrastructure. Access is made by foot (10 minutes), climbing the stairs to the temple of the Holy Pakou. Alternatively, it is accessible by pedal boat or canoe from the central beach Galissa.
It is also worth visiting Agios Stefanos, a chapel hidden in the cave of Charassona that to see you have to walk about 45 minutes, in not so good way, or hire a pedal boat.