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Skyros: It impresses with its varied morphology

Skyros


Skyros is the largest island of the Sporades island complex, it covers an area of about 210sq. km and is surrounded by many islets such as Skyropoula, Sarakino, Platy, Mirmigonisia, Vrykolakonisia, etc. The pine-clad northern part of Skyros comes into sharp contrast with its rocky southern landscape.

The port of Linaria is the first settlement visitors encounter upon their arrival at the island. Following the road to the east you you will find the island’s capital, Chora or Skyros town. It is amphitheatrically built on the slopes of a hill, on the top of which a Medieval castle and the Byzantine Monastery of Ai – Giorgis are nestled. The entrance of the castle is decorated with a marble lion-dragon.

Skyros map

St George, the patron Saint of the island was built in 906 by Nikiforos Fokas and Ioannis Tsimiskis, on the highest point of the island. This holy place is decorated with rare hagiographies and it has a wonderful view. It’s also worth to visit the churches of Virgin Mary, St. Artemis and St. Nicholas.

From the port of Linaria caiques depart daily for the southern part of the island, which is inaccessible by car. One can visit the caves but also plunge in the crystalclear waters of the beach Sarakino.

Skyros is renowned for its indigenous ponies, bred exclusively on the island. There is a municipal hippodrome in Aspous, inviting visitors to test their riding skills. An alternative place for horseback riding is the pine-tree forest of Atsitsa.

You should also visit the Archeological Museum where are displayed findings dating to the Early Helladic Period until the Roman times. The Rupert Brooke Square with a view over Magazia.

The Faltaits Folk Museum which it houses objects of the island ‘ s traditional and modern folk art. The Ancient Quarries, in Pouria, which occupy a great part of the coast opposite Vrykolakonisia.

Famous beaches in Skyros Island: Magazia, Gyrismata, Agiow Petros, Theotokos, Palamari, Kyra Panagia, Pefkos, Acherounes, Kalamitsa, Kolymbada, Renes.

How to get there

By airplane: There are regular flights from Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos) airport to Skyros.
By Ferry: There are daily itineraries from Kimi (Evia Island ).

Skyros Photos

Skyros Useful Telephone Numbers (Calling code for Greece 0030)

Ferries from Kymi to Skyros
22220 22522, 23965, 22020
Skyros Health Center
22220 92222
Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos
210 3530000
Skyros Police Station
22220 91274
Olympic Airways (airport)
22220 91625
Skyros Port Station
22220 93475
Olympic Airways (agency)
22220 91600
Skyros Flying Dolphins
22220 91123
Skyros Shipping Agency
22220 91789
Skyros Taxi
22220 91666
Skyros Municipality
22220 91206
Skyros National Bank
 22220 91802