Footsteps in Ermoupoli’s textile industry

Discover sustainability with Mastercard® in Syros during your travel to Greece. Our commitment to the circular economy ensures that every activity preserves cultural heritage and promotes authentic experiences. By highlighting the island's architecture, culture, gastronomy, and history, visitors engage with Syros' rich heritage while contributing to its preservation and promotion. Join us in creating meaningful connections with the island's past and supporting local development initiatives.

Step back in time and explore the origins of the island’s cotton industry. Discover five old textile factories, learning about architecture, production processes, and the lives of factory workers. Visit the Hermoupolis Textile Museum to see remnants of the city's industrial past come to life. Sample local delicacies and savor a traditional lunch to complete your experience.

Time Traveler's Delight

Step into the captivating world of Hermoupolis' industrial cotton heritage with the Hermoupolis Cotton Tour. Led by an expert guide, journey through the city streets to explore the exteriors of five old textile factories, each offering fascinating insights into architecture, production processes, and the lives of factory owners and workers. Along the way, indulge in locally sourced dried figs and traditional mastic flavor liquor, immersing yourself in the unique flavors of Syros.

Explore the Hermoupolis Textile Museum, nestled in the old industrial zone of Ermoupolis, a testament to the city's heritage among the remnants of 24 cotton factories. Immerse yourself in history as you experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of the textile factories. Try on a typical worker uniform, fill out a work card like workers of the past, and savor a delicious lunch.

The menu

  • Stale bread
  • Main course (Meat or Chicken)
  • Traditional Greek salad
  • White local wine from Syros Distillery
  • Local ouzo from Makrionitis Distillery

The highlights

  • Exclusively offered to Mastercard cardholders
  • Private guided tour of Hermoupolis' textile factories
  • Insights into the city's industrial past
  • Local delicacies and traditional flavors
The location

Syros, a picturesque island in the heart of the Cyclades, is not only renowned for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture but also for its commitment to sustainability. From its traditional villages to its
 beautiful beaches, Syros boasts a harmonious blend of natural beauty and eco-conscious practices. Embracing initiatives such as waste management, renewable energy, and organic farming, Syros is dedicated to preserving its pristine environment for generations to come.

The details
  • Meeting Point: Iroon Square, Hermoupolis
  • Ending point: Hermoupolis Textile Museum
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended, tour conducted on foot
  • Minimum age requirement: 8 years old
  • Please inform us of any food allergies
  • Included: Guide service, a mastic flavor traditional liquor, a snack made of dried figs and lunch
  • Not included: Gratuities, personal expenses/shopping, drinks/beverages not listed above, transportation to meeting point
  • The experience is available in English, French, and Greek 

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