Skyros

  • Skiros
  • Dolopia BC
  • Sciro IT
  • Esciros ES
  • İskiri TR

Island in Central Greece

An overview of the Chora (main village) of Skyros.
photo: Agnee / CC BY 2.0

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Skyros

The ferry boat approached the Port of Linarià on Skyros island during the dusk.
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Port of Linarià, Skyros

Between the 116 “Eco Ports” in Europe, this central island port is famous for its blue flag, while it’s connected with Kymi of north Evia.

Mare and foal (mother and baby) Skyros pony are grazing.
↗ NE   ≈ 4.7km

The Pony of Skyros

Indigenous small horse existed on the Greek territory during the antiquity. It survived on the island from which derives its official name.

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The high stone-built walls that surround the St. George Monastery of Skyros.
↑ N   ≈ 10.6km

Monastery St. George of Skyros

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On the highest spot of the main village of Skyros a Byzantine monastery that dates from 963 AD.

Inhabitants of Skyros Island in traditional clothes are dancing in the center of the village.
photo: ΛΦΠ / CC BY-SA 3.0
↑ N   ≈ 10.6km

Carnival in Skyros

Distinctive traditional celebration with unique disguises, and satirical performances, revealing a direct relation with pre-Christian feasts.

An overview of the central village of Skyros (Chora) built amphitheatrically on the hill.
↑ N   ≈ 10.7km

Chora of Skyros

The picturesque island-capital built amphitheatrically on a rocky hill that was a natural shelter against the pirate attacks of the past.

Displays with exhibits in one of the rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Skyros.
↑ N   ≈ 11km

Archaeological Museum of Skyros

Founded in 1963 and inaugurated in 1973, it sheds light on the island's historical evolution with exhibits that date from 2.800 BC to 1st AD.

One of the rooms of the «Faltaits» Historical & Folklore Museum of Skyros.
↑ N   ≈ 11.1km

«Faltaits» Historical & Folklore Museum

Its exhibits, follow the evolution on the island from the antiquity and depict the local intrinsic notion.

People swimming in the crystal clear waters in front of the Pentekali & Diatripti Sea Caves at Skyros Island.
→ E   ≈ 12.7km

Pentekali & Diatripti Sea Caves

Coastal caves approached only by the sea, while the daily boat cruises include them in their schedule for a dive in their crystal clear waters.

A picture showing the grave of Rupert Brooke among olive oil trees.
photo: Han borg
↘ SE   ≈ 12.9km

The Grave of Rupert Brooke

The tomb of the philhellene British poet Rupert Brooke, who was an officer of the British Navy and died close to Skyros island in 1915.

The cave chapel of Agios Nikolaos Church at Pouria on Skyros Island.
↗ NE   ≈ 13.9km

Agios Nikolaos Church at Pouria, Molos

A remarkable white cave-chapel created inside a big rock, approximately 3 km away from Chora.

An aerial photo showing Skyros National Airport.
photo: Jérôme / CC BY 3.0
↑ N   ≈ 21.4km

Skyros National Airport

Small, decent & well functioning airport which offers all-year-round domestic connections with the Greek mainland through Athens & Thessaloniki.

Questions & Answers about Skyros

Why Visit Skyros?
  • Typical Aegean images, far away from any sense of tourism exploitation.
  • Amazing seafood and local cuisine with the lobster spaghetti as a highlight.
  • Southmost island of the Sporades complex, has a ferry connection with Kymi, Evia.
What is Skyros like?

The southernmost island of the Sporades complex, Skyros is located opposite the island of Euboea. It is regarded as one of the islands which are least affected by tourism. Relaxing vacations with heavenly beaches and endless natural beauty is what it offers to its guests. Skyros can be reached by ferry from Kymi or by plane from Athens and Thessaloniki.

What is the history of Skyros?

Traces of the first human to habitat the island began in the Stone Age (8000 BC) and it seems that since then, it has been continuous. Pelasgians, Cretan, Carian, Dolopes, Athenians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, and Turks passed through the island and were involved in its history. They affected not only the development of the island but its culture and its traditions, something that is revealed by the scattered monuments and remains, which exist everywhere in Skyros.

What to expect by visiting Skyros?

Skyros is a very special island as its territory is characterized by a contradiction. The northern part of Skyros is covered by lush pine forests, while the southern part is rocky and barren. This fact covers the expectations of all visitors, whether those seeking green or those who love the barren beauty of the Cycladic landscape. The distinct personality of Skyros is enriched by cultural features such as the Skyrian horse that is unique throughout the world, the carnival traditions, and rich folklore tradition.