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Galissas Studios
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We have been visiting this accomodation for several years now, from the first occaision we have found thw owners Alexander and Yiannis very warm helpful and having the essential sense of humour which I have noted from time to time can get lost in translation with the less experienced in Greek humour....we have always had a one bedroomed apartment which has been spotlessly clean and the sheets and towels changed frequently, the pool is attended to and maintained daily by Yiannis who is up with the lark every morning and Alexander is not far behind in the start of her day, they are both very approachable and attentive to everyones needs,,, Galissas beach and those in the surrounding area are great to visit, Galissas is very safe for children there being shallow water to choose from very little if any currents and protected by Marina breakwater.with
..many good places to eat in the area

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Following a wonderful holiday here in May 2012 we decided to go back. This resort is for those who like the way Greece used to be, unspoilt by tourism. If you want English food then go elsewhere, if you want pubs and nightclubs then you won't like it. if you enjoy Greek hospitality, a place where Greeks go on holiday, a few English people on holiday who love Greece and enjoy a bit walking then it's lovely.
Okay all the rooms are varied in size and shape, some small, some larger, but it's a base not an all inclusive 5 star resort. Alexandra and her assistant keep the rooms immaculately CLEAN and there is a kettle and a shower curtain!
Yiannis cleans the pool every day
The only issue we had this year with Galissas village was the number of cats around and in the main bar. This could be because I hate cats to be around where there is food and/or drink but it won't stop me going back and Michaela the owner of the bar is really friendly.
If you go get a map and explore, jump on the bus and get off at different villages and then walk back.
Finnikas is a pretty bay with a good supermarket and a great bakery.
Kini is a fair trek and a bit hilly but worth the walk. Take water as there are no shops or Taverna's on route.
Ermoupoli is the port and main town, it has wonderful harbour front cafe's, A lovely square and fantastic views from the Catholic Church at the top of the hill. Plenty of pharmacies, fruit shops, banks, butchers etc.
My favourite place to eat is the Sunset, although more a restaurant then a tavern, Kostas the owner and chef will do his best to serve food you like. Not all the food on the menu sounds traditional Greek, but we ate there most nights.
Be aware that the nearest ATM/bank is in Ermoupoli and don't take travellers cheques as they can be only cashed at the National Bank who make a big charge. Credit cards are accepted in most of the Taverna's.
The only problem we had with the package itself was the Olympic welcome in Mykonos. We were not given any information at all when dumped at the port. Luckily we had been before and knew where to go and what to do both at the port and when we arrived in Syros.
Despite being ill for 3 days we had a lovely holiday and hope to see Yiannis and Alexandra again next year if not before.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We have just returned from 10th or 11th stay at this wonderful place! We love Galissas and we especially love staying at Galissas Studios with Yiannis and Alexandra, the studios are well maintained, rooms are cleaned daily and sheets/bed linen are changed ever other day. We have made many friends here wit the Greeks as well as with other holidaymakers who also return regularly. For us it is a very special place and as Yiannis always says to us when we go back 'welcome home' it is a second home to us where we can switch off to the rest of the big bad world and relax :) Thank you Yiannis and Alexandra and we will see you again soon!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

We have been coming to Galissas studios for more years than I care to remember, both as a couple and as a family. We have always felt special and very well looked after by Yiannis and Alexandra who always go out of their way to help you - they are wonderful people. I remember when we turned up with our then baby daughter 11 years ago - we had not told them I was expecting, but they were delighted, as they are with any children that arrive and pay very special attention to them.
We always come to the island independent of any travel agent during October and often at Easter too. You cannot beat the tranquillity and perfect weather then! Great island to cycle around too! An excellent place for a family as it is so safe, and always a total switch off for us. Yiannis and Alexandra keep the apartments, gardens and pool areas immaculate and take great pride in their high standards - so different from many other places in Greece

There is just something about the place that brings you back time after time, and we are not the only ones this applies too - we have made some great friends who feel the same way too!!

Galissas is our little sanctuary of sorts and our favourite holiday of the year. We can't wait to come back in October! A truly wonderful place

Room Tip: we always like the rooms facing out to catcah the early morning sun
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank ponulak
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Having been a holiday rep and lived and stayed in many Greek Islands, I have to say this has got to be the baddest I have ever stayed in. Galissas itself is not a bad place but please be so careful when booking this with Olympic of what room you may end up in. Like the other negative reviews, our room was so small we had to leave our suitcases on the floor and boil our kettle on the bin, when I complained to Olympic, they said I had only booked a studio for 2, well so did our neighbours and there room was a lot better, It didn't help matters that when I asked the owner to speak to the Rep, he wouldn't let me use the phone so we had to use our own mobiles - when we did speak to the Rep (Jo) she was most unhelpful which we should have realised as when we arrived in Mykonos, she shoved an Olympic brochure in our hands, told us the wrong coach, then when we did finally get our coach we were basically "dumped" at the Port with nobody to tell us which boat to get and there was a also some poor woman with 2 young children that wasn't even going to Syros - God knows what happened to her. Because we were unhappy, the owner was quite rude to us and seem to only have time for repeat guests - who I must say, must be quite deluded to want to come back to this place. We have used Olympic quite frequently in the past and probably because of the Rep who did nothing to try to resolve the situation we are happier to pay more (as we have done recently with Thomson and had a fab holiday), to get the service that we pay for. The only good thing I can say about these studios is that they are clean and the lady who cleans the rooms is a Gem and we maid sure we tipped her well before we left -please don't forget her as she did her best in such a confined claustrophobic room. Again, please tell Olympic holidays if you do book here that you do not want the tiny studio rooms as there are bigger ones even for 2 people.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank peteandmandy41
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

We have just returned from Galissas studios 5th october 2012 and we both have to say what a delight it was to stay such a freindly,clean,modern and well maintained establishment. Yiannis and his wife Alexandra are hard woking and delightful people and both enjoy a good laugh with there guests.We have taken holidays in Greece dozens of times over the years and have to say without doubt this was the best holiday experiance we have ever had. Syros as an island has other small fishing villages with beaches tavernas,restaurants and the like but the best has to be Galissas. Frank and Joan Berry.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We arrived at the studios on September 21st and stayed 2 weeks. We found them comfortable and extremely clean and well managed. We have travelled extensively in Greece,usually staying in small self catering accomodation. I would put the Galissas Studios a 'notch' above most of the other properties we have stayed in. There was a roomy shower, a well equiped, if small, cooking area, large fridge with freezer compartment, electic kettle, small table table for eating inside and balcony with table and chairs outside and adequate storage space.
Yiannis, our host and the Rep for Olyimpic holidays on Syros and his wife Alex were helpful, informative and friendly. On our first day Yiannis told us where he would be for most of each day and that Alex was always around the studios in the mornings so if we needed anything just ask. How's that for a rep? No sales patter to put up with, just information and help when needed. There was an added bonus that Yiannis runs Alpha Car Hire in the village and suppies well maintained cars at very reasonable prices.
The pool area was lovely, perhaps a bit close to some of the balconies for everybodies taste but we didn't hear anyone complain. The pool itself is certainly not large, but a bonus really as we don't always find pools in complexs especially on the smaller islands when water is so expensive.
As for the cats....... They seemed to be well cared for compared to many other cats we have come across in Greece previously. Alex feeds them everyday, so together with tit bits from visitors, I'd say they were actually quite welloff!
Galissas itself has around 6 tavernas, a few bars, a really good sovlaki cafe, 2 supermarkets and a handful of souvenir shops. Things were beginning to close down as we were leaving but there was enough open to keep us happy. I have to say that everyone, both at the studios and in the village, locals and tourists were very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to say hi and have a chat. So thanks everyone we met especially Yiannis and Alex for helping us to have a lovely hliday.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Galissas Beach, Galissas 841 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Syros > Galissas
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Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Galissas
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