Skyros is a quiet and picturesque island with numerous lovely beaches and attractions for every taste and demand. The pristine, pure and unexplored beauty of Skyros is overwhelming, and its peculiar, almost mysterious charm captivates the eye and inspires timeless emotions. Simple, but not simplistic, soulful, yet light as the summer breeze.
In the north and northwestern part of the island you may visit the quiet beaches of Pefkos, Agios Fokas, Atsitsa and Kareflou. The ride is beautiful and goes through the protected pine forest of the island. Pefkos is a long sandy beach, surrounded by pine-covered hills, the smaller pebbly Agios Fokas is more secluded and Atsitsa stands out for its incredible surroundings. The lush vegetation reaches all the way to the water, there are peculiar rock formations and an islet at a stone’s throw from the beach. The remnants of the old railway, constructed in the beginning of the 20th century for the transportation of iron ore, add an unusual charm to the scenery. Finally, Kareflou is a secluded, exotic sandy beach, gifted with alluring turquoise blue waters. None of these beaches are organized, but visitors will surely enjoy the quiet, even in midsummer.
Kalamitsa, close to the port of Skyros, is one of the biggest and most crowded beaches on the island, and a popular destination for windsurfers. Almost underneath Skyros Town, visitors will find the consecutive long sandy beaches of Magazia, Molos, and Gyrismata; all organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds, bars, coffee places and fish taverns. A little further north, the sandy beach of Pouria overwhelms with its intricately sculptured limestone formations and the charming chapel of Agios Nikolaos, which is carved into the rock. The view during sunset is simply breathtaking.
The southern, barren and rocky part of Skyros has many hidden sea caves and isolated islets –ideal for snorkeling-, which can only be accessed by boat, as well as unexplored beaches accessed only by 4×4 jeeps. There is a small caïque that leaves from Linaria and reaches the islet of Sarakiniko, with the famous turquoise blue waters, as well as the sea caves with the emerald waters and the stalactites and even enters the bigger one: Pentekali.
Attractions of Skyros
The Archaeological Museum of Skyros is located in Skyros Town, under the Venetian castle, and houses findings from various historical periods, many of which come from the archaeological site of Palamari, but also traditional local costumes, embroidery and ceramics. Moreover, it houses an authentic representation of a traditional Skyrian house, with all its rooms, decorations and furniture.
The Manos Faltaits Museum is one of the oldest folklore and cultural museums in Greece. It is housed in the mansion of the Faltagides Family and features many objects from the Skyrian everyday life in past eras, intricate embroidery and ceramics, old manuscripts and documents, as well as rare publications, artworks and paintings of Manos Faltaits.
The Archaeological Site of Palamari is located on the northern part of the island and includes remains of an ancient city-port, dated back to the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.
The Venetian Castle overlooks the Aegean, but is not well preserved nor visitable at the moment. The mazy cobblestoned streets of Skyros Town lead to the foot of the castle, where the monastery of Agios Georgios is located. This monastery was established in the 10th century by Nikephoros II Phokas and now belongs to the Holy Monastery of Agia Lavra on Mount Athos.
The British poet Rupert Brooke was known for his romantic idealistic poems, written during WW1, and was closely associated with the island of Skyros, since he died there. There are three monuments dedicated to him. His grave in Tris Boukes, the Brooke Square in Skyros Town, near the church of Agia Triada, and a statue sculpted by Michael Tombros.
The small-bodied Skyrian horse is one of the rarest and oldest breeds in the world. It is a protected species and lives in the wild in Mount Kochilas, in the southeastern part of the island. This area is a protected zone and has been included in the NATURA 2000 network.