Posidonia. Posidonia is a seaside town in the southwest of the Greek island of Syros. It is the aristocratic area of the island. It is located in the southern part of the bay of Finikas, one and a half kilometers (1 mi) from the seaside town of Finikas and ten kilometers (6 mi) from the capital, Ermoupolis.
In the early 20th century Posidonia was called De la Gracia and it was a holiday destination for rich people of the capital. Many wealthy people from Ermoupolis had vacation homes here. Markos Vamvakaris, a well-known Greek composer, wrote a very popular song about Posidonia (Frangkosyriani).
Many houses in this area are luxury villas, a testament to the prosperity of the people. Pine trees, grown by homeowners since the 19thcentury, stand strikingly throughout the area. De la Gracia is Italian for From Grace, referring to Our Lady of Grace. Even today, local residents of Syros call their village De La Gracia.
The Posidonia name refers to the ancient Posidonia that was lying in exactly the same place and which owes its name to the Greek God Poseidon. One of the main attractions in Posidonia is the villa of the former Mayor of Ermoupolis, Tsiropinas. On the hill behind Posidonia is located the Catholic church of Aghios Petros. In the south of the bay is a small harbor and just behind it, on the other side of the bay beach, is Agathopes. Agathopes, a little beach, is very popular among the Greeks. On the beach, umbrellas and sun loungers are for hire.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Edited by Katrina Butzer