The most picturesque of the island’s settlements, is a beautiful and scenic, lively architectural monument, with narrow winding streets twisting through old shops and whitewashed cubic houses with flowered courtyards hanging on the spectacular slope. At its peak the Byzantine castle dominates; with the imposing lion welcoming visitors, offering a dazzling panorama of the whitewashed settlement with the backdrop of the vast blue Aegean Sea.
During your rides in the southern part of the island, the “Mountain” as the locals call it, keep your eyes open for the Skyrian horses. A protected species, one of the smallest and rarest horse breeds in the world (average height 109 cm), but also Parthenon frieze stars, it is believed that these ancient horses were brought to the island by the Athenians in the 5th century BC and have lived and reproduced on mount Kohylas ever since, which is a NATURA protected area.
One of the most beautiful routes of the island, through a protected pine forest, leads to the beaches of Pefkos, Agios Fokas and Atsitsa – three of the most special of the island, with no facilities and infrastructure, but also quiet enough even during the mort busy periods of Skyros. Umbrellas and relaxed rhythms are found on the sandy beach of Aspou, a favourite choice of wind surfers is the comfortable and popular Kalamitsa, while further down are the deserted Kolymbada and the inaccessible Renes that spear fishermen love. Near Chora, the long sandy beaches of Magazia and Molos, Pouria, Gyrismata and Kareflou bring together those who want the well-organized beach. In the southern, barren and rocky part of Skyros, interest is monopolized by sea caves and deserted islands that are only accessible by boat: embark from Linaria to the transparent waters and colourful seabed of Sarakinos, the clear blue waters and springs of Glyfada, and the Caves of Pentecalis, Diatrypiti and Gerania with impressive stalactites and emerald sea.
Lobster, crabs and sea urchins
Famous for its lobster, Skyros utilizes this royal seafood in all its variants, with lobster spaghetti holding a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Of course, the treasures of the Skyrian seabed are not confined there, with pasta also entwined with oyster and crab flavours, in corresponding delicious dishes.
With a particularly masterful tradition, the island’s housewives wrap up an endless array of ingredients in crispy phyllo, on a long list of renowned Skyrian pies: made with fluffy dough and served with Skyrian cheese, the Ladopita is the most emblematic making of Skyros, teropetaria with trahanas, rice, rice and myzithra cheese are best sellers in the bakeries of the island and trahana pies, milk pies and rice pies complement the rich quiver.
Useful phone numbers
Useful phone numbers
Tourist Police: 22220-91274
Port Authorities: 22220-93475
Medical Office: 22220-92.222