SKYROS ISLAND OF THE SPORADES ARCHIPELAGO
IS AN ISLAND THAT COMBINES EXCEPTIONAL BEACHES
WITH A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SCENERY
IN A TRADITIONAL AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
ACTIVITIES IN SKYROS
Skyros is by far the least visited island of the traditional Sporades. But those prepared to visit this beautiful island of the Aegean Sea are amply rewarded by an atmosphere that blends traditional Greek village life with an increasingly trendy “alternative” vibe.
Skyros has managed to remain an almost untouched insular heaven. Its magical sandy coves , Medieval remains and a millennia-long adventurous history are surely worth to explore.
The island’s coastline is diverse and perfect for swimming and relaxation.
The long sandy beaches are ideal for water sports and especially windsurfing . The sea caves and small islets that are part of the islands coastline are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Sailing is also one of the best ways to explore some of the most beautiful and hard to reach beaches and bays.
Hiking and rock climbing are also very popular as the greatest part of Mount Kochilas in the southeastern part of the island is a protected zone and has been included in the NATURA 2000 network. Its rare fauna and flora are ideal for nature observation.
Marked trails help you explore the rocky south, so beloved by the British poet, Rupert Brooke, and the pine-forested west.
When you visit Skyros you can not miss its lillyputian ponies that look like they might have escaped from the frieze of the Parthenon.
The small-bodied Skyrian horse is one of the rarest and oldest breeds in the world and you can ride with them on the paths and beaches around Mouries Farm , the place that protects and breeds them .
The local gastronomy is quite unique and no one should miss the delicious pasta with lobster , fava , thyme honey and of course the rare gruyere that you can find only in Skyros.
BEACHES AND ATTRACTIONS
Skyros has one of the most beautiful villages of the Aegean , Hora.
You can walk through Megali Strata and follow the labyrinthine alleys that lead to the Square of Eternal Poetry with the statue of Rupert Brooke. There, you will enjoy magnificent views to the Aegean!
Ηοra is built on a hill and as you walk through its small streets where the whitewashed houses seamlessly merge with each other, you find yourself in the Monastery of Saint George and the Byzantine Castle of the island.
The view from the castle is breathtaking and the combination of the old castle and the church makes you feel serene.
As you follow the steps of Megali Strata you find the two museums of Skyros .
The Manos Faltaits Museum , one of the oldest folklore museums in Greece that it is housed in the mansion of the Faltagides Family and features many objects from the Skyrian everyday life in past eras . A little bit further you find the Archaeological Museum of Skyros that houses findings from various historical periods and an authentic representation of a traditional Skyrian house.
The Skyrian People are known for their art in woodcarving and pottery . In Hora and Gialos, you can visit the local workshops to discover the long tradition of the island in pottery and woodcarving.
On the northern part of Skyros you can find one of oldest archaeological sites , the site of Palamari . It includes remains
of an ancient city-port, dated back to the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.
Skyros is well known for its magnificent beaches and its two faces, both extremely beautiful although completely different : the rocky south, so beloved of the British poet, Rupert Brooke, and the pine-forested west. Big plus, there are beaches for every taste .
The north side of Skyros, which is covered with pine trees and has a very green and peaceful setting, you will find the beaches of Pefkos, Agios Fokas, Atsitsa and Kareflou. The ride is beautiful and goes through the protected pine forest of the island. Pefkos is a sandy bay surrounded by pine-covered hills that gives you in the summer the protection that you need from the sun, the smaller pebbly Agios Fokas is more secluded .
In Atsitsa the lush vegetation reaches the water.
Kareflou on the other hand impresses you with her turquoise blue waters. None of these beaches are organized but we find that this is a plus for the visitors that want to have a quiet time.
One of the most beautiful long sandy beach of Skyros is Magazia where Ferogia lies.
Magazia is only 10 minutes walk from Hora and is organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, coffee places and taverns. But this magnificent beach is almost 2 kilometers long so if you want to find some peace and quiet away from the bars you can easily do it.
In Magazia the great full moon of August is at its most romantic because you can see it rising out of the sea. Marvel at it from Cafe Ferogia and it will take your breath away.
Kalamitsa is a sandy close to the port of Skyros,and a popular destination for windsurfers. The winds come there in the right direction and there never waves.
One of the most beautiful places to be in Skyros is Pouria.
An otherworldly seaside site where you’ll see a weird rock formation, the stone mushroom and the charming chapel of Agios Nikolaos, which is carved into the rock.
Almost every day in the summer there is a small boat that leaves from Linaria and reaches the islet of Sarakiniko, with the famous turquoise blue waters, as well as the sea caves with the emerald waters and the stalactites and even enters Pentekali the bigger one .