Fascinating routes around Skyros island
The island’s main feature is its distinct landscape; the north part is dominated by lush pine forests and green landscapes while the southern part has a wild yet compelling beauty. Its rocky landscape is dominated by Kochylas, the island’s highest mountain. Picturesque hamlets spread around the northern part of the island, each one indispensible part of a unique whole...
Magazia, Molos and Gyrismata are famous seaside resorts that spread along a major sandy beach, also suitable for water sports. In Magazia you can see the church of Agios Georgios while in «Pouria» you can admire the ancient quarry. Here stands the church of Agios Nikolaos that was carved out of the rock. Nearby, you will see the restored windmill that operates as a restaurant-bar. They are situated 3 and 4 km N of Chora respectively.
Aspous, a wonderful coastal village, 4.5 km S of Chora, awaits the visitor on the road that leads from the port towards Chora. Legend has it that Achilles started his journey to Troy from the adjacent bay Achilli. It is also worth seeing the Skyrian pottery workshop. After a 45-minute walk, you can reach at the chapel of Prophet Elias (1.5 km S), with its panoramic view.
Acherounes, 10 km S of Chora, is a seaside settlement which attracts many water sports enthusiasts thanks to its endless stretch of sandy beaches. Nearby you will come across the municipal race course, with the famous local horses, the Skyrian ponies (their height does not exceed 1.10 meters). They are descended from the famous “Pikermi hipparion” (Hipparion mediteraneum) dated to the Paleolithic age; the modern breeds are found also in the Shetland Isles.
Pefkos, 11 km SW of Chora, is a wooded cove with a tempting beach. You can visit the church of Agios Panteleimonas, where you can take in breathtaking views down the sea. From here begins the wonderful trail that leads north towards the bay of Agios Fokas.
Atsitsa is a seaside village named after the nearby island, situated 18.5 km W of Chora. It is nestled in a pine-covered location of exceptional beauty with rocky formations. On the beach of the village you can still see the little steel wagons that carried the mineral down to the sea. Atsitsa is a popular destination for alternative tourism enthusiasts.
Discover the island’s best kept “secret”: In the vicinity of the harbour there is a galore of sea caves with stalactites (Xyloparati, Mantroucha, Pentekali, Diatrypti, Gerania). Small boats run excursion trips to these caves, passing through the arched openings in the rocks outside the port of Linaria. By boat, you can also visit the Sarakino Island (or Sarakiniko), with its beautiful beach of Glyfada.
A multitude of customs reveal a centuries-old tradition that has been kept almost intact over the centuries. Colourful cultural events as well as local feasts taking place around the 365 churches of the island offer to the visitor an unforgettable experience with exquisite local flair all year long. The renowned Carnival of Skyros counts among the most famous cultural events.
For your stay in Skyros, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Skyros island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can reach Skyros by ship through Kymi. Kymi is accessible from Halkida by car or Oropos by boat.
Kymi connects with Halkida and Athens by bus.
There is also air connection with Athens and Thessaloniki 3 times a week.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.