The capital is Chora, which includes two settlements, Gialos and Chorio or Ano Symi. The oldest residential nucleus is the Village. It was settled around the castle, mostly for defensive reasons. It is built on hills. Joins Gialos with the “Kali Strata”, a road consisting of 500 stone steps. He was once the shopping street of Symi and will impress you with its mansions built along it. When eliminated the fear of the pirates, the village expanded towards the sea creating a new settlement, Yialos, which is the safe harbor. In Gialos were the residences of the captains and traders of Symi. Today it is an administrative and tourist center and attracts almost all the services and banks on the island. The town has been declared a preserved traditional settlement with main features the colors on the walls, the windows, the elaborate pediments and pebbled courtyards.The second port of Symi is Emporios. Located on the west side of the island and has become a developing tourist resort. The settlement has characterized traditional and has a nice beach.