Skyros

Island in Central Greece

The island's northern part is blossom green, while the southern is a rather rocky place. Spend time on the beach, and if offered honey, take it.

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

Skyros Attractions

Agios Nikolaos Church at Pouria, Molos

Want to see something new? Laying just three kilometers away from Chora, this remarkable chapel was carved out of a big rock and painted in white.

Monastery of Agios Georgios

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

A picture showing the grave of Rupert Brooke among olive oil trees.
photo: Han borg

Rupert Brooke's Grave

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.

Skyros Things to Do

The Pony of Skyros (Mouries Farm)

This farm takes care of small horses which are endemic to Skyros. They can carry up to 40kg - that is, the weight of a little child.

Pentekali & Diatripti Sea Caves

Caves accessible only by boat cruises. Include them in your schedule for a dive in crystal clear waters, and bring your mask and snorkel.

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

Carnival in Skyros

A traditional celebration with extraordinary disguises, and satirical performances, revealing the island's relation with pre-Christian feasts.

Skyros Museums

«Faltaits» Ethnological & Folklore Museum

In this museum you can visit the island's contemporary history through old scripts and houseware. It is worth visiting and hiring a guide.

Archaeological Museum of Skyros

Small museum exhibiting findings from the island from thousands of years ago. It also has a room designed as an old Skyrian house.

Skyros Settlements

Chora of Skyros

The picturesque island capital built amphitheatrically on a rocky hill that provided for centuries protection against pirate attacks.

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.

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