Holidays in Skyros island
At the southernmost point of the Sporades complex and in walking distance from Evia, an island full of contrasts and endless image alternations; the domineering Skyros stands out! The northern part of the island is covered by the characteristic lush green of Sporades. To the contrary, the south is dominated by bare mountains and cliffs, creating a scene of wild beauty, reminiscent that of the Cyclades!
The first picture you will see when arriving in Skyros is the port of Linaria. The austere settlement is amphitheatrically built around the bay and is surrounded by hills. There, you will find taverns, coffee bars, and shops with souvenirs and gifts.
Island’s capital is the atmospheric Chora or Skyros. Hooked on a hillside, Chora seems to gaze from above at the deep blue sea! The medieval castle, the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Georgios, the white houses with the flower-covered courtyards and the dark roofs, the cobbled streets and the picturesque churches ooze a unique sense of romance and nostalgia! You can go up to the castle and spend some time at the monastery of Agios Georgios, which stands on the highest point of Chora, offering stunning views. It is also worth walking in Megali Strata; a street which crosses the town and is full of stylishly shops and thoughtful taverns. Reference point is the small square of Aionia Peisi (Eternal Poetry), which is dominated by a statue in honor of the British poet Rupert Brooke. From there, you are can enjoy breathtaking views, especially at sunset time! Major attractions of Chora are the Archaeological Museum of Skyros, as well as Manos and Anastasia Faltaits Museum. In Chora, you will find taverns, coffee bars, and shops with souvenirs and gifts, where you can buy Skyros ceramics, textiles, wood carvings and furniture.
However, if you want to really explore Skyros, you should browse to the smallest villages of the island. It is worth visiting Aspous where you will find the famous Skyros pottery workshop. Next to Aspous you will find Achilli beach, from where, according to mythology, Achilles left for Troy. If you are an incurable romantic, do not miss to pay a visit to the seaside village of Atsitsa. The lush vegetation which reaches the sea water, the strange rock formations and the opposite desert island compose an image which emits a unique sense of peace and tranquility! Your attention will be stimulated by the stone pillars which are still preserved on the beach of the settlement, confessing a time back when the bay of Atsitsa had railways for transporting ore. It is also worth visiting Skyros Centre of Alternative Tourism, where you can choose among various suggestions about interesting activities you can have on the island. If you love sightseeing, you can visit the churches of Kyra Panagia and Agios Petros, which rise in a green hillside near the beach of the settlement.
Trademarks of the island are the local horses; a rare small horse breed with long mane, you see only in Skyros! You can meet these lovable ponies in various fields of the island. Indeed, in some of them, you can even ride them! If you are lucky enough, you might see Skyros ponies grazing freely on the plateau of Aris. Besides these cute horses, Skyros also hosts Eleonora's falcon; a rare kind of falcon, and unique flower species like the black tulip and the wild orchid.
If you belong to adventure lovers, in Skyros you have the opportunity to indulge in various activities such as hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, rock climbing, bird watching, water skiing, wind surfing, diving, and off road driving in 4 × 4 vehicles.
Besides its incomparable natural beauty, Skyros is famous for its traditions, which are reflected in unique customs. The most famous custom in Skyros is its carnival, with old men full of bells, the Corelles and the Franks. Equally interesting is the great feast of Agios Ermolaos in July the 26th.
Daily excursions are a unique experience. With boats departing from Linaria, you can visit the sea caves of Pentekali and Diatrypi. The emerald waters and the impressive stalagmites will fascinate you! You can also visit the neighboring island Saraceno and swim in the beautiful waters of Glyfada beach. Through sea ride, you can also visit Skyropoula, Agalipa and Podies islands.
The unpretentious beautiful island of Skyros is a place with a unique feature which arouses strong emotions; either you hate it or you fall madly in love with it! There is no middle ground for such alternative places...
Skyros has numerous beaches satisfying all tastes! It is worth visiting the sandy beach of Pefkos, unfolding on the west side of the island, in the arms of pine slopes. On the same side of the island there are the pebble beaches of Agios Fokas and Atsitsa. The laste one, Atsitsa, unfolds in an idyllic natural environment with rich vegetation and pine trees which reach the water. The beauty of the landscape is completed by rocks with curious formations and stone pillars, remnants of the old railway line, which was used to transport ore. One of the most cosmopolitan beaches of Skyros is Kalamitsa beach which, due to being exposed to north winds, is wind surfers’ favorite destination. After Kalamitsa beach there is the deserted beach of Kolybada.
On the east side of Skyros, almost under Chora, the successive beaches of Magazia, Molos and Pouria unfold. The first two are almost united, creating an extensive beach, one of the most cosmopolitan on the island. In Pouria, your attention will be arisen by the ruins of the ancient quarry. Great attraction is the white church of Agios Nicholaos, with its blue small door, which is built inside a rock! Within walking distance from Agios Nikolaos, you will see the church of Agia Paraskevi, while on the opposite islet you will see Agios Ermolaos little church. If you prefer sandy beaches, you can visit the sandy beach of Aspous where you will find a few umbrellas. Alternatively, you can visit Saraceno island and swim in the breathtaking Glyfada beach, with its turquoise waters and white sand.
- Palamari Archaeological Site
- Rupert Brooke’s Tomb
- The Source at Nyfi Village
- The Cavernous Church of Agios Artemios
- The Lighthouse at Lithari Cape
- Kymi in Evia
- Fava (Split Peas)
- Ladopita (Oil Pie)
- Skyrian Pasta with Lobster
- Local Kid in the oven
- Skyros Cheeses
- Rizogalo (Rice Pudding)
- Spoon Sweets
How to get there
Travelling by plane
From Athens International Airport, Aegean Airlines operates flights to Skyros Airport all year round. The flights during the summer months are more frequent.
Travelling by boat
Via the port of Kymi in Evoia
If you wish to travel by boat to Skyros, you can take the ferry of SKYROS Shipping Company from the port of Kymi in Evoia.
For more information about the itineraries to the island of Skyros visit the company web site:
Transfer within Skyros
For your transportation on the island you can use Skyros' bus as well as taxies.
During your stay in Skyros, you can be served for health issues:
Regional Clinic of Skyros, Tel: (+30) 22220 92222
Useful phone numbers
Skyros Port Authority (Linaria): (+30) 22220 93475
Evia Port Authority (Kymi): (+30) 22220 22606
Police Station of Skyros: (+30) 22220 91274
Fire Department of Skyros: (+30) 22220 93199
Regional Clinic of Skyros: (+30) 22220 92222
TAXI: (+30) 22220 91666, 91404