Forming part of the Sporades archipelago, Skyros is a relaxed Greek island ideal for nature lovers. Its rugged coastline boasts idyllic beaches and sea-carved caves, while whitewashed Chora is home to a centuries-old monastery and a well-preserved Venetian castle.
Things to do in Skyros
Watching over Chora is a Byzantine castle, which was built to protect the island from pirate attacks. Nestled below the castle is the Monastery of Agios Georgios, a 10th-century building dedicated to Skyros’s patron saint. Step inside to admire the preserved frescoes and wooden iconostasis, then soak up the elevated views across the town.
Animal lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to one of Skyros’s farms, where the unique Skyrian horse can be seen. They were first introduced to the island in the 8th century BC and are comparatively short due to the limited food available in their surrounding environment. At the Skyrian Pony Centre, you can learn about their unique characteristics and how they were tamed by local farmers.
Spend your days relaxing on one of Skyros’s beautiful beaches, all of which boast crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming. You can settle in on the white sands of Magazia, which stretches to the south of Skyros Town, or head further north to ever-popular Molos Beach. More secluded is pebbly Agios Fokas, where you’ll find a traditional taverna serving meals and drinks throughout the day.
Getting around Skyros
Skyros Island National Airport has regular flights from Athens and Thessaloniki, with the airport around 20 minutes’ drive from Skyros Town. Ferries connect from Kymi on the east coast of Evia Island to Skyros. Kymi is around 2.5 hours’ drive from Athens and accessible by local buses. Taxis and rental cars are the main means of getting around Skyros.