Skyros island info
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GENERAL INFO

Skyros is acknowledged as one of the least effected by the tourism islands of Greece. 

It lies in a total area of 215 sq.meters and is surrounded by a huge number of anatidaes as well as of hard-rocks. 

Many historians argue that the island is named after its hard, rocky ground. Skiron means the remains of the rock or grovel. 

Geologically speaking, Skyros is the configuration of 2 independant islands.This is supported by the fact that there is a strong contradiction between its piny Northern part and its rocky southern part. 

Right in the middle of the island, there is a streak formed of approximately 3 kilometres. Administratively speaking, Skyros is a part of Evia and is inhabited by approximately 3000 inhabitants.

 

HISTORY

Skyros is directly linked to the Trojan War. It is the place wherefrom the Greek expedition has commenced.Here is where Achileas, whose mother had hidden him in order for him to escape the war, was sought after by Odysseas, so that the expedition could begin. And it was also in these parts that the war came to an end with the transfer of Neoptolemos. 

During the Ancient years, it was considered a commercial and trade station as well as a refuelling station for the sea-men. 

Eventually, it goes under the Venetian domain as well as under many others, till its liberation from the Turks.

 

SIGHTSEEING

The islands' capital is called CHORA by the locals and is built in an amphitreatical manner on the slope of the mountain. 

White is the dominant colour on the walls, the streets and the steps. All houses form a mosaic, which together with the windmills, are the trade mark of Skyros. 

Your stroll in all those beautiful places, will definately be made more enjoyable when meeting with the rare Skyrian ponnies. 

On the top of the hill, lies the Venetian Fortress. Right at the entrance of the Fort, lies a possibly medieval marble lion-dragon. On the hill top parts of the Byzantine revetments are saved up to our days, as well as an ancient tank.The dark stonework comes into direct contradiction with the snow-white little churches that are built close by. The view from the fortress takes one's breath away. 

Skyros offers the guest a variety of beaches for swimming and sun-tan, a few of which are: Molos, Magazia, Kyra Panagia, Kalamitsa -for those who like grovelly beaches-Peyko, with its white sand and the settlement of Aspoi. 

It is worth for someone to travel 14 klms west of town to reach Atsitsa, a lovely piny area, with impressive sea rocks and dreamy bays for swimming. 

The island is well-known for its local relishes, which are many and worth your tasting. Skyros is famous for its delicious cheese-pie and its "teroptadia"-namely frumenty & rice pudding. Other traditional recipies, are "teroptes" made from pumpkin and cream-cheese, baked in "tserami", a ceramic plate, oiled with onion. A must for your taste, are also the Skyrian "dolmadakia"-"giaprakia"-. As far as deserta are concerned, try pancakes with traditional honey.

 

 

MUSEUMS

The Faltsaits Historical-Folklore Museum was founded in 1964 by Manos Faltaitsand is housed at the family's old Mansion. In it are traditional objects of the Skyrian popular Art, tools, a typical skyrian house with all its equipment, a special library with rare books and an art gallery with skyrian subjects. It is a lively museum with free tou guiding throughout its halls and also debates regarding issues of folklore and tradition.For more information, please call (0030) 22220-91327

 

 

 

 

 
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