The village of Panormitis located 12 km south of Simi and apart from being quite scenic, single and unique feature is one of the most important areas in Symi.
This is the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis. The 18th century monastery, situated on the seafront of the village and it can be seen from the deck above the harbor, offering one of the best attractions. Protected by the entrance leading to a wide harbor and a small beach with fine sand, which is usually empty.
The Venetian convent has large objects, such as antique chandeliers, and an impressive silver image of the Archangel, who is the patron saint of the island, and the protector of seafarers. Furthermore, the monastery is home to two small museums also attract many visitors. According to tradition, when seeking the grace of Archangel is necessary to give him something in return. Many of these objects are made of gold or silver, and some of them have also put into bottles by seafarers to protect them.
The other museum displays examples of traditional folk art, usually associated with fisheries, livestock and agriculture. Inside the monastery there is a series of rooms where the monks live, and is also available for hire for guests wishing to spend the night there. In fact, on November 8, the day the island celebrates the saint, a large number of Greek travelers arrive in Symi to enjoy this local festival. The pilgrims who come to this place during this period are being offered free accommodation, food and wine. The courtyards of the monastery have many exotic plants and trees with a warm and pleasant environment for visitors. There is also a retreat, ideal for those looking for some solitude. It takes about an hour to see the museum, exploring the church and the monks' cells. Ferries and excursion boats connect the city of Symi with Panormitis. It is also accessible by car. The small village of Panormitis offers a great sense of peace and a visit to the great monastery of Archangel Michael is highly recommended.