Spend your days wandering small, sherbet-coloured alleys, investigating the cool interiors of myriad local churches and sipping the excellent local wine on a trip to Symi. Once known for its ship-building industry, the warm-hued harbour capital holds the same moniker as the island, and tumbles down a natural amphitheatre of hills towards a picturesque waterfront that's perfect for dusk dining. You'll notice the muddle of pastel-hued homes are distinctively un-Hellenic in looks; Symi's golden era arrived in the 19th century, when neoclassical, Venetian-inspired architecture was all the range. Bring walking shoes - there are barely any cars, but hiking routes aplenty.
Where to stay: The Old Markets