Hidden Honeymoon Gems - Symi Island, Greece - part of the weddings video series by GeoBeats. The romantic Greek island of Symi is a long way from the mainland and is actually closer to Turkey. Throughout its history, the island has been the center of conflict over its ownership. It was first in the possession of the ancient Greeks, then became part of the Roman Empire, and then the Byzantine Empire. In the Middle Ages, the Knights of Saint John took over the island before being defeated and expelled by the Ottomans. Between World War One and World War Two, Symi was taken over by the Italians, occupied by the Nazis and then the British, before becoming Greek once more. Though much of the city was destroyed during the two World Wars, the population rallied to rebuild this picturesque island into a stunning destination. The landscape of Symi is predominately large hills, which afford spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.