An amazingly beautiful island, Skyros is the largest, but quietest, of the
Sporades islands. It is the very idea of a traditional Greek island, and
its hospitable people and pretty surroundings will enchant you.
This is an excellent island for couples and families with young
children, but also for people who in general just want a really relaxing
History Skyros has probably been inhabited since prehistoric times, and it is
mentioned by Homer. It was here that Thethis hide her son
Achilles when the Greek armies were preparing to fight in Troy.
Achilles' wife Deidameia was from here, and the hero
Theseus fled to Skyros when his rival had taken the throne in Athens,
only to be murdered by the treacherous king Lycomedes of the island. General
Cimon of Athens came here in the 5th century to retrieve the bones of
The kastro in Skyros town was an ancient acropolis in the Bronze age, but has
been rebuilt many times since then. It was used by the Venetians in the 13th
century when they had conquered most of the Greek islands. Because the Greek
islands were constantly attacked by pirates during ancient and medieval times,
the acropolis was used as a hiding place for the locals.
The Turks invaded in the 16th century but years of attacks had prepared their
arrival. The island was ruled by them until 1829.
What to See : Skyros capital is
dominated by its kastro, which is open to visitors. There was probably
an acropolis here already in the Bronze age, but the current
fortification dates back to the Venetian rule.
There is an archaeological museum here, as well as folklore museum which
both hold interesting finds and objects from the island.
You can also visit the monastery Agios Georgios Skyrianos (St. George of
Skyros) which is situated below the kastro. It was built in the 10th
In a pretty olive grove in the south part of Skyros you can see the
grave of the British poet Rupert Brooke who died here during World War
The archaeological site of Palamari is a fascinating remain from the
Bronze Age worth a visit.
There are also a very unusual kind of small horses on the island.
What to Do
:At Magazia beach there are usually watersports, but the island also has
some great sports for snorkelling. You can take daytrips around the island, and
if you are lucky, you might see dolphins or even seals.
Skyros has some really nice sandy beaches, and since it is
not a very touristy island you'll get a lot of peace and
quiet. There are beaches close to Skyros town, but also some
amazing little spots around the island, best to discover on
Nightlife: This island is by no
means a party island, but there are a couple of bars in Skyros town.
Food: Since fishing is one of the
traditional sources on income here, you'll find many nice specialties from
the sea here. Most taverns are in Skyros town, and if you do not want Greek
food you can find Italian places.
Shopping:The locals make wooden
furniture in a very special style that dates back to Byzantine style. You
can also get textiles, art, jewellery and ceramics.
There is a local bus and a few taxis, but the best way to
get around is to rent a vehicle. Little excursion boats can
also take you to some of the beaches.
Getting There: You can either
fly to Skiathos and take the ferryboat from there. Another option is to
fly to Athens, and then go to Ag, Konstantinos or Kimi on Evia, where
there are ferries to Skyros.
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| Size: 209 sq.km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about ca.3000
||Local code: 22220
|Cash machine: Yes
||Port Police 91475
Mt. Olympos 903m
|Airport: Yes, domestic flights only
|Price rate: average
||Telephone company (OTE)
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