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INFORMATION ON SKYROS

 

Skyros Island belongs to the Sporades group and is isolated in the middle of the Aegean Sea.  It is 27km in length, an area of 215km square.  The permanent population is around 3,000 inhabitants. Less in the winter and many more in the summer months.

Skyros has 53 known beaches and 26 of them are accessible by car.   The island's highest point is Mount Olympus 792M, which is in the north of the island and in the south, the mountain called Kochila is bare and rocky.   The Kastro, located at the top of Skyros village (the Chora) dates back to 13th and 15th Centuries and includes the Monastery of St. George.   There is the Bronze Age archaeological site of Palamari and a beautiful beach close by.  This is truly worth a visit.

The south of the island is rocky and mountainous. Here you will find the breeding grounds of goats and sheep, wildlife, birds and the occasional tortoise!  Skyrian ponies (unique to Skyros) roam all over the island.  Rupert Brooke, the English poet's grave, can be found in the south of the island.  This romantic poet found it preferable to be buried in a friendly olive grove. The north of the island, in contrast, is covered with pine forests and olive trees, grapevines and wonderful scented flowers.

More views of the IslandSpringtime is amazing in Skyros...wild flowers, bird life, the awakening of the start of summer time. Walkers especially like this time of the year as it is not so hot... early September is another good time
for walking as well as October.  During the winter there are good days and rainy days.  The island needs water!

According to Greek legend, the island hid Achilles, dressed as a woman and saw the death of Theseus, the Minotaur tormentor.  From the fifth century, Skyros was inhabited by Athenians. Skyros keeps its traditions with long never ending wedding celebrations, the carnival or Goat Festival, which takes place in 2014 on 2nd March, clothes and popular architecture, designs, pottery and woodcrafts.
Traditional Skyrian sandals are a must for any man!!  The old shoemaker continues to make them from his shop in the Chora.

There are so many sandy beaches with crystal clear water. and small tavernas where you enjoy tasty meals of Skyrian dishes, fish and a glass of local wine, ouzo or other drinks on offer.  Trash tourism has spared this island and the people who come back year after year are looking for something different - harmony and peace.  It is busy during August!   

Forty km. of paved roads can take you all over the island and there are some off road places to explore.  You can hire cars, mopeds or motorcycles and even bicycles. Four wheeled drives are available, but limited and it is advisable to book in advance.

Skyros has two interesting museums.  One archaeological and a folklore museum called Manos Faltaits. Both are well worth a visit.  There is also an ancient settlement at Palamari, and the excavation goes on.

Pnies

 

If you like animals, the Skyrian Pony farm can be visited and this is run by an Englishwoman and her Greek partner.  Most of the ponies have been rescued from the wild and they are given daily, loving care in safe fields. You can also visit 'Tails of Skyros', a small, but much needed cat sanctuary. (See special page on the website)

 

 

There are two Holistic Centres on the island, which cater for people who like to do writing courses as well as Yoga, art, dancing, therapy and much more.  PLEASE ASK US FOR DETAILS. There are varied programmes throughout the season and different types of accommodation.  One centre is in the Chora and the other lies in a beautiful bay in the north of the island called Atsitsa.

There is much more to DO in Skyros than first meets the eye... please find out for yourself.

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