Skyros - Sporades (Greece)

Skyros. The Greek island of Skyros is located 35 kilometres from Euboea, surrounded by about thirty small and very small islands. The city of Skyros, also called Chorio ("Village") is located west of the island and about 10 kilometres from Linaria, the port of the island.Skyros is an island that was inhabited since the Paleolithic period. It covers an area of 209 and is the largest island of the Sporades archipel.

Skyros is known for its beautiful beaches, like those of Kalamitsa, Agios Fokas, Molos and Magazia.

Skyros is the least touristy island of the Sporades, the consequence is that the traditions are well preserved. But there are not only beautiful beaches and beautiful seas, there are lots of culture and archaeological sites. The old buildings of Palamari and Markesi are the best preserved examples. Furthermore, the old churches are worth and the Archaeological Museum too.

On this island exists a unique breed of miniature horses. Previously, there were thousands, but today there are about 150 of these left and they are protected by the Greek state, but also by the residents of Skyros itself.

Skyros Town is a fantastic town, or rather a "village". The whitewashed houses remind us to a Cycladic island. The narrow streets are very nice, it is worth to walk here. There are some nice shops, restaurants and cafés.

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History of Skyros

Skyros has been inhabited since the late Paleolithic period. The first inhabitants were the Kares, the Pelasgians and Dolopes. Later came the Cretans, then the Athenians (468 BC). Skyros has close kinship with the Trojan War and the death of Theseus. According to a legend, Theseus would have been pushed down of the rocks by King Likomides when he sought shelter here.

If you are in Skyros you should definitely climb the rock hill, the view down is breathtaking. When in 468 BC the Athenian General Kimon occupied the island, he discovered the tomb of Theseus. He took the bones of Theseus and brought them in Athens (The Theseon).

According to another legend, the goddess Thetis would have constipated her son Achilles by dressing him as a girl in the gardens of Likomedes. Well then, he would not be recognized among the daughters of Likomedes and would not be found, so he could escape the Trojan War. Thetis knew that her son would die. Yet he was discovered by Odysseus who took him along.

The fleet of Achilles left from the Bay of Aspous heading to Troy. During the Byzantine period, the island fell into disrepair and was merely used as a place of exile. Skyros was also a place where pirates took shelter. Later, the island came into the hands of the Venetians, and later to the Turks until the early 20th century when again it fell into the hands of the Greeks.

Average temperature Skyros

Sights and tips on Skyros

  • The 13th century fortress / castle in Skyros town
  • The Monastery of Agios Georgios (originally founded by the Byzantine Emperor Nikiforos Fokas) near the castle.
  • The Rupert Brooke Square: Rupert Brooke was a famous English poet who deceased at Skyros.
  • The church of Agios Nikolaos in Pouria.
  • The prehistoric settlement of Palamari.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Skyros
  • The Faltaits folk museum
  • The harbor Linaria (11 km from Skyros City)
  • Mount Kochila
  • Atsitsa: a beautiful green area with many harbors and bays
  • The islet Sarakiniko and the beautiful beach of Glyfada
  • Treis Boukes: a bay at the entrance two small islands in the south of Skyros.
  • The six caves of the mountain Kochila (795 high)

Beaches Skyros

  • Magazia / Molos is one of the busiest beaches of Skyros (water sports possible here including windsurfing)
  • Gyrismata is the most popular beach of Skyros.
  • Agios Petros Beach in the north of the island.
  • The beach of Papa tou Chouma near the village of Molos (nude beach)
  • Palamari
  • Theotokos
  • Petritsa
  • Pefkos
  • Achili
  • Kolimbada
  • Kalamitsa
  • Kyra Panagia

Foto's Skyros - Skyros in beeld

Linaria | Skyros Griekenland | De Griekse Gids foto 11 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Molos en Magazia bij Skyros stad | Skyros Griekenland foto 1 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Linaria | Skyros Griekenland | De Griekse Gids foto 8 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Aspous | Skyros Griekenland | De Griekse Gids foto 10 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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Cultural traditions

  • Carnival Celebration of Skyros in Greece is very famous. Each year, thousands of people from all over Greece to celebrate Skyros. The Carnival festivities are marked by dressing up this being the old man (Geros) or in which men dress as a girl (Korela). According to legend, Achilles also dressed as a girl have been hidden here, just before the outbreak of the Trojan War.
  • On Asmaandag almost all residents wear traditional costumes and get-Skyros in the center of Skyros town to celebrate this day.
  • The feast of Agios Ermolaos (on July 25)
  • The feast of Agios Panteleimon on July 27
  • The feast of Agios Mamas on September 2
  • The feast of Panagia Limbiani on September 8

How to get on Skyros?

There is an airport serving domestic flights. Skyros is also connected by ferry with the ports of Kymi (Euboea), Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Volos.

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