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The Island of the Water Nymphs

Rocky Sceneries of the Wild South and Verdant Vegetation of the Hospitable North on the Unexplored Island of the Sporades
Wrapped from the blue waters of the Aegean, the biggest island of the Sporades holds a bucket of experiences enchanting the travellers with the alterations of natural sceneries. Sandy seashores and rugged coastlines showcase the extremities of Skyros. Skyros has a land that invites you to discover it; if you surrender yourself to the mysterious beauties of her, you will be richly rewarded with millions of suprises. The rich interchange of sceneries of the island is blessed with dramatic changes of verdant vegetation and rugged landscapes. Whether you are pursuing in wandering around the whitewashed labyrinthine alleys of Hora or driving the wild west routes of the southern seashore and swimming to the verdant beaches of the northern coastline? Skyros has it for you. The unimaginable beauties of this island will astonish you with numerous contradictions of nature. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages in the Aegean, Hora of Skyros is distinguished for its authentic and traditional character. Whitewashed houses and blue windows, stone windmills and light blue domes, labyrinthine alleys and flowery courtyards spread amphitheatrically on the slope of the hill of the mountain. An atmosphere of authenticity is waiting for you to discover the countless beauties and mysterious treasures of Skyros! Are you ready to unveil the mysteries of this island?

 

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The Capital of Skyros

The Town of Hora is the capital of Skyros located on the northeast side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages in the Aegean, Hora of Skyros is distinguished for its authentic and traditional character. Whitewashed houses and blue windows, stone windmills and light blue domes, labyrinthine alleys and flowery courtyards spread amphitheatrically on the slope of the hill of the mountain. The entire settlement is crowned from the byzantine castle along with the monastery of Agios Georgios. The main square of Hora is the Square of Eternal Poetry hosting the statue of Rupert Brooke overlooking the Aegean.

The Archaeological Site of Palamari

The Archaeological Site of Palamari is located in the area of Palamari. Archaeological excavations have brought to light an ancient settlement from the Copper Age. The settlement has been described as an impressive finding as it includes an organized city planning with central pipes and roads. The remnants of the defensive walls showed the fortification architecture of Palamari. Numerous findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Skyros.

The Bay of Tris Boukes

The Bay of Tris Boukes is located on the southern side of Skyros. It is a striking bay distinguished for its amazing natural beauty. The bay is protected from the islands of Sarakiniko and Platia.  Tris Boukes literally means three entrances as it creates a natural shelter protected from the two small islands. The same area hosts the grave of Rupert Brooke who died on a ship in this bay. Numerous excursion boats operate to Tris Boukes from the harbour of Skyros.

The Beach of Molos

The Beach of Molos, else known as Magazia, is one of the most beautiful beaches of Skyros. It is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island.

The Chapel of Agios Nikolaos

The Chapel of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive churches of the island found on the coast of the area of Pouri. The chapel is built within a large rock. As you approach the rock, you will see the blue door of the chapel. Inside the chapel, there is a collection of beautiful ecclesiastical icons.

The Skyrian Horses

The Skyrian Horses is one of the most rare horse breeds in the world found on the island of Skyros. The Skyrian Horses are protected as an endangered species from the State of Greece. One will have the opportunity to meet the Skyrian Horses at the Plateau of Aris on the south side of the island.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Magazia is located in the area of Magazia. Archaeological excavations have brought to light an ancient cemetery with cist tombs from the Iron Age. In the same area, numerous chamber tombs were also found from the Mycenaean period as well as graves from the Early Hellenistic period.

The Archaeological Site of Palamari is located in the area of Palamari. Archaeological excavations have brought to light an ancient settlement from the Copper Age. The settlement has been described as an impressive finding as it includes an organized city planning with central pipes and roads. The remnants of the defensive walls showed the fortification architecture of Palamari. Numerous findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Skyros.

Castles

The Castle of Skyros stands on the highest point of Hora. The castle was built in the byzantine years with the intention of protecting the island from pirate invasions. Within the castle, one can visit the monastery of Agios Georgios and a remarkable church. Today, one can admire the remnants of the castle, as it has not been preserved as the other castles of the Aegean. The castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive churches of the island found on the coast of the area of Pouri. The chapel is built within a large rock. As you approach the rock, you will see the blue door of the chapel. Inside the chapel, there is a collection of beautiful ecclesiastical icons.

The Church of Agios Ermolaos stands on the homonymous islet opposite the chapel of Agios Nikolaos. It is a very charming church.  On July 25, the local people get aboard the fishing boats in Molos to visit the small islet and celebrate the holy mass followed from a traditional celebration.

The Church of Agios Mammas stands on the top of Mount Kohylas close to the beach of Kalamitsa. Here, one can admire panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Church of Agios Panteleimonas stands on the mountain slopes of the west side of Skyros close to the area of Linaria. Here, one can admire panoramic views of the southern side of Skyros. On July 26, the traditional celebration in honour of the saint is held in the church.

The Monastery of Agios Georgios stands within the castle of Skyros. Built in the 13th century, the monastery distinguishes for its fortified architecture. The main church of Agios Georgios with the beautiful bell tower was constructed between 1599 and 1602, as indicated from the marble sign. The interior of the church is decorated with valuable frescoes and a wooden carved iconostasis. The balcony of the west site of the monastery offers magnificent views of Hora.

Monuments

The Lighthouse of Skyros is found at cape Lithari. The beautiful lighthouse was manufactured in 1864. The altitude of the tower is 12 meters. From there, one can admire fantastic views of the Aegean.

The Old Mines of Skyros are located close to the bay of Atsitsa. The bay used to operate as the harbour of the area that served the iron mines. On the coast, one can see the stone built facilities of these mines.

The Square of Eternal Poetry is located in Hora. The square was dedicated to the English poet Rupert Brooke, who lost his life while sailing with the British Fleet to the operation of Dardanelle.

The Tomb of Rupert Brooke is located just before the bay of Tris Boukes. The tomb belongs to the philhellene poet who was an officer of the British Navy and died on Skyros in 1925. Although this is not the real tomb, it was built from this mother after the Second World War. Rupert Brooke was especially honored from the residents of Skyros, as he was a great inspiration for them.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Skyros is located in Hora. The museum displays artefacts from the archaeological excavations on the island. Exhibits include pottery artefacts, coins, jewellery and pitchers. The folklore collection of L. Kostoris is also housed in the museum depicting the traditional house of Skyros.

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Faltaits is housed in the residence of the Faltaits. The museum displays folklore objects from the long history of Skyros. Exhibits include a collection of documents from the byzantine years to the independence war along with a rich collection of folklore objects and paintings of Manos Faltaits.

Natural Beauties

The Bay of Tris Boukes is located on the southern side of Skyros. It is a striking bay distinguished for its amazing natural beauty. The bay is protected from the islands of Sarakiniko and Platia.  Tris Boukes literally means three entrances as it creates a natural shelter protected from the two small islands. The same area hosts the grave of Rupert Brooke who died on a ship in this bay. Numerous excursion boats operate to Tris Boukes from the harbour of Skyros.

The Plateau of Aris is located on the south side of the island. It is a verdant plateau hosting the unique race of the horses of Skyros. The Skyrian Horses is one of the most rare horse breeds in the world found on the island of Skyros. They are protected as an endangered species from the State of Greece. Discover more from the Society of the Skyrian Horses.

The Natural Springs of Nifi is located close to the bay of Achilli. The area has natural sources with beautiful sceneries. The source was named after the legendary nymphs who were residing on this place in the ancient years.

Promenades & Villages

Aspous is a seaside settlement located on the east side of the island. The traditional settlement is distinguished for its beautiful countryside and its panoramic view to the Aegean. The surrounding area is ideal for promenades in the countryside. The chapel of Prophet Elias on the hills of Aspous offers breathtaking views to the sea. Aspous and Achilli are excellent choices for swimming.

Atsitsa is a seaside settlement located on the east side of the island. The charming bay with blue waters contrasts with the verdant sceneries of the surrounding area. The beach of Atsitsa is an ideal spot for sailing and windsurfing while the cultural center of the area offers numerous cultural activities. Agios Petros, Agios Fokas and Theotokos are excellent choices for swimming. Atsitsa is known for its delicious fresh fish taverns.

Linaria is the harbour of Skyros located on the west side of the island. The small settlement has a charming atmosphere embellished with whitewashed houses and traditional taverns. Excursion boats operate from Linaria to the island of Sarakiniko and the circumnavigation of Skyros.

Hora is the capital of Skyros located on the northeast side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages in the Aegean, Hora of Skyros is distinguished for its authentic and traditional character. Whitewashed houses and blue windows, stone windmills and light blue domes, labyrinthine alleys and flowery courtyards spread amphitheatrically on the slope of the hill of the mountain. The entire settlement is crowned from the byzantine castle along with the monastery of Agios Georgios. The main square of Hora is the Square of Eternal Poetry hosting the statue of Rupert Brooke overlooking the Aegean.

Magazia is one of the most beautiful seaside settlements of Skyros located on the northeast side of the island. The village is gifted with the most beautiful beach of Skyros ideal for the lovers of windsurfing. Magazia offer panoramic views of the endless blue of the Aegean.

Molos is a charming settlement located on the west side of the island. The calm atmosphere of the area combines the breeze of the sea with the view of Hora. Here, you can visit the old mines of the islands and the beautiful chapel of Agios Nikolaos.

Pefkos is a verdant settlement located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful villages of Skyros ideal for pleasant promenades in natural sceneries with verdant vegetation. Must visit is the chapel of Agios Panteleimonas for the astonishing views of the village. Agios Fokas and Diapori are excellent choices for swimming.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Atsitsa, West Skyros

Spot: Beach of Kalamitsa, West Skyros

Spot: Church of Agios Panteleimonas, West Skyros

Spot: Harbour of Linaria, West Skyros

Spot: Square of Eternal Poetry, Northeast Skyros

Excursions

Boat Tour:  The circumnavigation of the island of Skyros is a beautiful experience. You will have the opportunity to discover the bay of Tris Boukes, the turquoise beaches of the island of Sarakiniko and the sea caves of Diatrypiti and Pentekali. Excursion boats operate from the harbour of Linaria.

Boat Trip: The Island of Alonissos is an ark of unadulterated nature blessed with tropical coastlines and verdant vegetation, Alonnisos is different from the other islands exuding its own mysterious character. Undeniably, the stigma of Alonnisos is the beautiful pine forest that gives an aura of brightness and freshness to this tiny paradise. Interesting hiking trails cross the exotic beaches and the verdant forests of the island create mesmerizing sceneries that will captivate you. Old windmills and forgotten threshing fields are everywhere. The discreet charm of the island transforms your journey into an adventure overlooking an unexpected view to the sea. Beyond the colourful seabed of the Mediterranean, it is no coincidence that Alonnisos has the privilege to have the largest Marine Park in Europe, known as the residence of the sweetest monk seal Monachus- Monachus. At the end of your journey, you will be enamoured from the serene atmosphere that Alonnisos inevitably transmits and exudes to her admirers. Almost everyone has a secret paradise; maybe Alonnisos is yours. Excursion boasts operate from the harbours of Kymi and Mantoudi.

Boat Trip: The Island of Skopelos is an earthly paradise on the Aegean. Whitewashed houses, colourful courtyards, labyrinthine winding alleys, sapphire and cherry doors, fuchsia bougainvillea and charming chapels rising like castles in the traditional settlement of Hora are the images that will be captured forever in the photographic memory of your mind. Though, the lush landscapes and the emerald waters will captivate your aura with a refreshing breeze. Skopelos has maintained her own authentic character. This intoxicating green island invites you to discover its mysterious beauties. The green colours of the pine trees meet the endless blue of the sea and create landscapes of incomparable beauty. The cameras are battling to capture the memory of the corners of Skopelos. Shut, shut, and shut! Are you ready to capture your own photographs on the greenest island of Greece? Excursion boasts operate from the harbour of Kymi.

Activities

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Skyros is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Skyros stands for its high ecological value as it serves as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Skyros, one will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora’s Falcon, Cinerous Bunting, Bonelli’s Eagle, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Audouin’s Gull, Cory’s Shearwater, Yalkouan Shearwater, Little Owl, Bee Eater, Semi Collared Flycatcher, Hoopoe and Whinchat. Important bird watching areas include the valley of Kalamitsa, the wetlands of Palamari, the areas of Magazia and Palamari. Just remember to bring your binoculars and camera with you!

Hiking: The verdant vegetation of the north side of Skyros offers numerous trails for hiking lovers. Parts of the island are protected under the European Network of Natura 2000. The north side of Skyros, known as Meri, is verdurous with thick pine trees. It actually covers 60.000 hectares of pine forest will endemic plants and herbs. Travellers will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views to the sea. One of the most beautiful routes starts from Hora and continues on a circuit towards the church of Lympiani at an altitude of 363 meters. There are many sign posted routes in Skyros. Discover more information from the detailed map of Skyros.

Mountaineering: The wild topography and rocky terrain of Skyros makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of mountaineering.  The mountain of Olymbos on the north side and the mountain of Kohylas on the south side are offered for many excursions for mountaineers. The highest peak of Olympus lies at an altitude of 367 meters while the highest peak of Kohylas lies at an altitude of 792 meters. Discover more information from the detailed map of Skyros.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Skyros is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. The most beautiful route of the island is the north round of the island. Starting from the bay of the northeastern side move towards the central part of the island. Continuing to Hora, pass through the settlement of Molos and the wildlife refuge of the northwestern part until you reach the eastern part again. The route is 29 kilometres in length and it usually lasts one and a half to two hours. Discover more information from the detailed map of Skyros.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Kohylas and Olympus in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Skyros. The most challenging route leads from the bay of Tris Boukes to the beach of Renes Those who are well equipped, will challenge the difficult dirt road! Discover more information from the detailed map of Skyros.

Spearfishing: Enthusiasts of spearfishing can discover the rich marine life of Skyros. The majority of the beaches are ideal for spearfishing.

Windsurfing: Skyros is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beach of Kalamitsa is ideal for practising windsurfing.

Yoga: Are you a yoga enthusiast? Skyros offers the opportunity to enhance your stay by joining one of the regular yoga classes at the bay of Atsitsa.

Beaches

Achilli is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the east side of the island. It is an idyllic beach ideal for the lovers of nature.

Aherounes is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located on the east side of the island. The beach offers panoramic views to the surrounding areas.

Agios Fokas is a long sandy beach with blue waters and verdant vegetation located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Skyros. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The chapel of the beach offers beautiful views. There is a tavern at the beach.

Agios Petros is a white sandy beach with turquoise water and verdant vegetation located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Skyros with idyllic sceneries.

Aspous is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the west side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for relaxation.

Atsitsa is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. Atsitsa is a great sunset spot.

Gyrismata is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on northeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Skyros. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Kalamitsa is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Skyros with numerous amenities. The beach is also an ideal spot for lovers of windsurfing.

Kareflou is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Molos, else known as Magazia, is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Skyros with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns.

Palamari is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. The beautiful beach nestles in front of the homonymous archaeological site. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquillity and relaxation.

Pefkos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the south side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for relaxation. The beach creates beautiful natural sceneries from the surrounding verdant vegetation.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Anatolikos Anemos: Coffee, Molos

Faltaina’s Sweets: Ice Cream, Hora

Korfari: Coffee, Magazia

O Mitsos: Pastries, Hora

The Sunset Cafe: Coffee, Atsitsa

Gastronomic Delights

Agios Petros: Ouzo and Meze, Molos

Asimenos: Seafood, Asprous

Barba Giannis kai Maritsa: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Istories tou Barba: Ouzo and Meze, Molos

Ktima Mouries: Greek Cuisine, Kalikri

Kyria Kali: Seafood, Agios Fokas

Kyra Popi: Seafood, Aherounes

Margetis: Greek Cuisine, Hora

Pappous Kai Ego Sti Thalassa: Greek Cuisine, Kalikri

Stefanos: Seafood, Magazia

Stelios: Seafood, Gyrismata

Thalassaki: Seafood, Linaria

Το Perasma: Greek Cuisine, Horio

Cocktails Inspirations

Anemomylos: Greek Cuisine, Pouria

Kavos Lounge Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Linaria

Neoptolemos Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Horio

Oino Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Horio

Rodon: Cocktails and Drinks, Molos

Thalassa Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Molos

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include feta cheese, graviera cheese, mizithra cheese, olives, wild honey and the local wine.

The local specialties of the island include spaghetti with lobster, goat in the oven, the local cheese pie, oil pie, the pastry of marmarites filled with sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and gruyere and the desserts of tiganites and kydonopasto.

Events & Festivals

Every Carnival Period, the Carnival of Skyros takes place in Skyros. The carnival hosts numerous festivities including a parade, outdoor theatrical acts and cultural feasts.

Every June, the Festival of Skyrian Horses takes place in Skyros.

Every summer, the Festival of Skyros takes place in Skyros. The festival hosts numerous cultural events including musical concerts, photography exhibitions, dance shows and theatrical plays.

Every 26th of July, the traditional celebration in honour of Agios Ermolaos takes place at the chapel of Agios Ermolaos.

Every 2nd of September, the traditional celebration in honour of Agios Mammas takes place at the chapel of Agios Mammas.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Thetis, the mother of Achilles, hide her son in Skyros, as she knew that Achilles would meet the tragic end of this life if he took part in the Trojan War. She asked for the help of the king of the island, Lykomedes, who kept Achilles in his castle. Odysseus knew that the War of Troy would never succeed without Achilles; he devised a cunning plan and managed to bring him to Troy where he met the end of his life.

History

Archaeological findings show that the island of Skyros has been inhabited from the Neolithic times from the Pelasgians. Skyros experienced rapid development from the cultivation of grapes and olives during the Minoan Years. In 475 BC, Cimon, who distributed the land to the Athenian aristocrats, dominated Skyros. The island was controlled from the state of Athens for nearly 400 years while it suffered from numerous invasions. Thereafter, Skyros was dominated from the Macedonians, the Romans and the Byzantines. In 1204, the Crusaders captured Constantinople and Skyros passed under the Venetian domination followed from the Ottoman Empire. However, Skyros contributed to the Greek War of Revolution in terms of finance and manpower. Skyros became a member of the Greek State in 1829.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Skyros has a national airport with scheduled flights from the International Airport of Athens. The journey usually lasts thirty to forty minutes.Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (35 Nautical Miles): Skyros is accessible by boat from the islands of Alonnisos and Skopelos and the harbour of Kymi in Euboea. The journey usually lasts five hours from the harbour of Alonnisos, six hours from the harbour of Skopelos and one and a half hour from the harbour of Kymi in Euboea. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

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Adventure Experiences

On the slopes of the rugged mountains of Sjyros there are amazing trails ideal for the lovers of mountain biking. The most beautiful route of the island is the north round of the island. The route is 29 kilometers in length and it usually lasts one and a half to two hours. Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Kohylas and Olympus in order to explore the mysterious beauties of Skyros. The most challenging route leads from the bay of Tris Boukes to the beach of Renes Those who are well equipped, will challenge the difficult dirt road! Discover more information from the detailed map of Skyros.

Agrotourism on Skyros

Are you looking for simplicity, harmony, clean air, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere? If yes, you should definitely visit the Refugee Farm in order to explore the island. Placed in a gorgeous setting protected from the European Network of Natura 2000, the farm is an ideal starting point for discovering the hinterland of Skyros. Ideal for nature and walking lovers, as this is the start of the paths to the wild yet beautiful mountainous area.

Bird Watching on Skyros

The flora and fauna of Skyros is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Skyros stands for its high ecological value as it serves as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Skyros, one will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora’s Falcon, Cinerous Bunting, Bonelli’s Eagle, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Audouin’s Gull, Cory’s Shearwater, Yalkouan Shearwater, Little Owl, Bee Eater, Semi Collared Flycatcher, Hoopoe and Whinchat. Important bird watching areas include the valley of Kalamitsa, the wetlands of Palamari, the areas of Magazia and Palamari. Just remember to bring your binoculars and camera with you! Discover more information from the conservation project for the biodiversity of Skyros namely Skyros Life.

Blessed from the Winds

Skyros is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beach of Kalamitsa is ideal for practicing windsurfing.

Carnival Celebrations: The Wildest Carnival of Greece

From the beginning of the carnival period, the customs of Skyros requires the Korela, aka young woman, and Yeros, aka old man, to go oat in the streets and put their special touch to the carnival of Skyros! Yeros gets dressed with thick black cloaks, white breeches and bells while his face is covered with goat’s fleece. Korela is dressed with the traditional costume of Skyros and her face is also covered with goat’s fleece. She dances around the man while opening the way for him. It is worth mentioning that the most skilled old men leave the streets of the market and head up to the Castle in the Monastery of Agios Georgios. When Yeros will stop, Korela will sing to him a traditional one praising him for his virtues. Sometimes, the Frank accompanies the couple dressed with the traditional costumes of the island. The origin of this custom is believed to have Dionysian routes,  a relic of ancient Bacchus celebrations. Within these satirical verses, the performers manage to amuse the spectators. On the last Sunday of the Carnival, the carnival reaches its peak while almost all the inhabitants of Skyros are dressed in traditional local costumes and gather in the square of Hora singing and dancing on Ash Monday!

Discover the Local Workshops of Pottery and Woodcarving

The people of Skyros are known for their art in woodcarving, pottery and carpets workshops! Situated in Hora and Gialos, you can visit the local workshops of Skyros to discover the long tradition of the island in pottery and woodcarving.

Discover Skyros by Boat

The best way to discover the island of Skyros is by taking the boat trip. You will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful bay of Tris Boukes, the turquoise beaches of Sarakiniko isle and the sea caves of Diatrypiti and Pentekali. Excursion boats operate from the harbour of Linaria.

Driving Explorations

One of the most beautiful driving routes starts from the beach of Molos towards the north side of Skyros. After ten kilometers of beautiful sceneries, you will see a sign saying “Agios Petros”. A dirt road starts from there, and passes through a dense pine forest leading to the beautiful beach of Agios Petros. Another stunning spot of the road trip is the views towards the beautiful bay of Pefkos! Also, it is worth exploring the south side of Skyros dominated from mountain landscapes, bushy vegetation and wild coastlines!

Enjoy the Views from the Square of Eternal Poetry

Hora is one of the most beautiful villages of the Aegean! The village is crossed from the renowned Megali Strata.  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!

Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Blessed from crystalline waters, Skyros finest beaches include the beaches of Gyrismata, Pefkos, Agios Fokas, Tris Boukes and Atsitsa!

Explore the Unexplored Beauties of Skyros

Skyros is an unexplored island with numerous natural contrasts. The south part is barren, dry and impressive while the north part is verdant green with turquoise coastlines. The road trip around the island is one of the best bays to discover the mysterious beauties of Skyros!

Full Moon Nights from the Beach of Magazia

If you are on the island during August, don’t miss out enjoying the full moon of August from the beach of Magazia!

It’s Sunset Time

The best sunset location of Skyros is the beach of Atsitsa on the west side of the island!

Meet the Skyrian Horses

The Skyrian Horses is one of the most rare horse breeds in the world found on the island of Skyros. The Skyrian Horses are protected as an endangered species from the State of Greece. According to mythology, the Skyrian horses escorted Achilles to the Trojan War. The marbles of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens are embellished with representations of the Skyrian horse! One will have the opportunity to meet the Skyrian Horses at the Plateau of Aris on the south side of the island. Discover more information from the Skyrian Horses Society!

Observing like an Olympian God

Head to the west side of the monastery of Agios Georgios in Hora to admire the astonishing views or visit the church of Agios Mammas on top of mount Kochylas to enjoy one of the best views of Skyros! The church of Agios Panteleimonas over the settlement of Pefkos also offers breathtaking views to the Aegean!

Rent a 4X4 Vehicle for A Day to Explore the Wild West Routes

It is worth renting an off-road vehicle for a day to explore the wild west routes of the southern part of Skyros!

Taste the Lobsters of Skyros

Skyros is known for its delicious seafood, especially for its tasteful lobster!

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Agalipa beach: Enigaf by Panoramio

Archaeological Site of Palamari: Stelios Zacharias by Flickr

Atsitsa Beach: Ted Athan by Panoramio

Church of Agios Nikolaos: Kostas Z by Panoramio

Gyrismata Beach: Christos Anagnostou by Panoramio

Hora: Shutterstock

Magazia Bay: Archway Andres by Flickr

Magazia Beach: Asimalexiou by Panoramio

Pefkos Beach: Tiziano Trinci by Panoramio

Rocky Formations: Shutterstock

Skyrian Pony: Archway Andres by Panoramio

Statue of Rupert Brooke: Christos Anagnostou by Panoramio

Tris Boukes: My Photos 1000+ by Flickr