The old town was created centuries ago when the locals were fleeing from pirates. They fled high up into the mountain behind the major port town of Ermopoulis. Both towns are now more or less merged into one. The old town known as Anos Syra, hosts a Roman Catholic Church and has very narrow streets, too narrow for cars, a well as many, many steps. Maybe at one time they used donkeys but now shank's pony is the main mode of transport in the old town. Many people live there and the narrow streets and bright houses are exquisite.