5 things to do in Skyros
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5 things to do in Skyros

Skyros ● Sporades ● 01 May 2018
 

Skyros is the remotest island of Sporades, in the Aegean Sea. Although it is located in the Sporades, it looks like belonging in the Cyclades! It has not the characteristics of the other islands of Pagasetic Gulf, such as Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. Lush greenery and colourful neoclassical harbours do not represent Skyros. Skyros has wild beauty with dry landscape and white-washed villages that charm the visitor. These are the best things to do and see in this different, off-the-beaten-path island.

Linaria

Linaria is the harbour of Skyros, a picturesque settlement, where you can relax and enjoy the impressive sunset around the bay. From Linaria, you can take the boat for a day excursion to the nearby islands, islets and caves. Sailing and fishing boats, cafés and taverns at the beach front as well as traditional shops in this amphitheatrically built village make the scenery the epitome of summer.


Town

The Town of Skyros is built on the top of a cliff, overlooking the Aegean Sea, under a Byzantine castle. White, Cycladic-style houses, paved narrow streets, squares with bars, cafés and restaurants as well as traditional ouzeris for Greek mezedes make Skyros Town the place to be every hour of the day. There, you can also visit the interesting Archaeological Museum as well as the Folklore Museum to learn about the rich history of the island.


Byzantine Castle and Monastery of Saint George

Above Skyros Town, you can admire the Byzantine Castle, which is a well-kept stone structure that was built to protect the island from its enemies. Inside the castle, is located the Monastery of Saint George, which dates back to the 10th century A.D. The Monastery has important icons and other exhibits, and it is also a top spot to enjoy the magnificent view of the Town.


Ponies

The ponies of Skyros are renowned all over Greece. They are shorter than normal horses with long hair. They grow in Skyros since antiquity and are the trademark of the island. Don't miss visiting the Skyrian Pony Centre, where you can admire these ponies and learn about their history, which dates back in the 8th century B.C., when the Athenians brought these horses on the island of Skyros.


Best beaches

The beaches of Skyros are well-known due to their crystal clear waters as well as the surrounding environment, which is stunning. The most famous, organised beaches, which are in a close distance to the town, are Molos and Magazia, but there are also many beautiful secluded beaches, where you can find total privacy, such as Agios Fokas, Atsitsa and Pefkos.


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