Skyros. The largest of the Sporades islands
Only three and a half hours away from Athens lies the southernmost island of Sporades. Several myths of Greek Mythology referring to legendary heroes such as Lykomedes, Theseus, Achilles and Neoptolemus, are connected with the island of Skyros. A plethora of conquerors left behind their traces over the centuries, which is perfectly illustrated on the island’s traditions, customs and architecture. Whether you are an action lover or desperate for carefree moments under the sun, Skyros has a unique experience to offer to each one of you!!!
Upon reaching the island, you will encounter the scenic Port of Linaria. Only ten km far you will find the beautiful Chora, amphitheatrically built around a Byzantine castle that occupies the site of the ancient citadel (acropolis). Walking through the cobbled alleys, one can admire the Skyrian houses with their unique architecture; their flat roofs is a typical example of traditional island architecture, yet featuring local elements, particularly as far as interior decoration is concerned.
Chora of Skyros
It is built in the shape of an amphitheater around a Byzantine castle constructed on the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. The visitor has the opportunity to admire the local houses with particular architectural features while walking on the alley. Skyrian houses have flat roofs similar to the traditional architecture of the Aegean Sea region, but they also have local elements that distinguish them, especially as far as the internal decoration is concerned. Their courtyards are full of flowers and the internal layout is specific and functional.
monuments and sites
The Byzantine castle. On the entrance you can see the walled-in marble lion (dragon) and remains of the Cyclopean and Byzantine walls. The view to the sea and to the rest of Northern Sporades islands is overwhelming. Inside the castle lie the ruins of a 9th century church as well as the castle-monastery of Agios Georgios (10th cent.). Here, among the offerings, shines the gold medal of the first Greek Olympic champion, Spyros Louis.
Manos and Anastasia Faltaits Folk Art Museum, founded in 1964 in the Skyriton Park.
The Palaiopyrgos (Old Tower), the biggest tower of the ancient Pelasgian wall of the island.
The little stone theater, which hosts important cultural events in summer including the «Skyros Festival».
The Archaeological Museum boasting finds that range from the Early Helladic Period to the Roman times. Admire the folklore collection of the “Skyrian House” (Skyriano Spiti), made up of Skyrian wood-carved furniture, painted ceramic plates and textiles, household and agricultural items.
“Megali Strata”, which leads to Kyprou Square (known also as Brook square), dominated by the statue of the English poet and philhellene Robert Brook (1887-1915), made by the sculptor Michael Tompros.
On Skyros you can bask on some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece! Crystal clear waters, golden sandy beaches and stunning landscapes dominated by pine trees reaching the shore make up breathtaking scenery, ideal for blissful moments of relaxation. The closest beaches to Hora are Magazia, Molos, Papa to Houma and Lino. The extended sandy beach of Molos is among the most cosmopolitan spots on the island. On the north you can opt for the beaches of Petritsa, Kyra Panagia, Agios Petros and Theotokos.
- The “Skyros Festival” in summer months.
- Revival of the custom of the "Yeros" (old man) and the "Korela" (girl) during the Carnival.
- The feast of Aghios Myronas from August 16th to 17th.
For your stay in Skyros, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Skyros town, as well as in many other areas of the 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.