SKYROS |  SPORADES

GREEK ISLANDS

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Skyros, Sporades, Greece, Hip, Greece

An island that seduces the senses of its visitor, enchanting him with crystal clear waters, small sandy bays, emerald forests, rocky hills and  white cubic houses.

SKYROS ISLAND

 

Sky­ros can al­most be con­sid­ered two is­lands, its two halves being so dif­fer­ent. Most of its 3,000 in­hab­i­tants live in the northern half, which is wood­ed and fer­tile, while the south half is bar­ren, moun­tain­ous and wild.

Skyros, Sporades, Greece, Hip, Greece

This least de­vel­oped island of the Spo­rades is fa­mous for its tra­di­tions — carved wood­en fur­ni­ture, de­light­ful pot­tery, em­broid­er­ies — and its min­i­ature po­nies (on­ly 1 m high).

Skyros, Sporades, Greece, Hip, Greece

As you wan­der round the main town, Ho­rio, take a peek into any open door you come across for a glimpse of the fa­mous Sky­rian dec­o­rat­ed liv­ing room and hearth; per­haps an eld­er­ly oc­cu­pant will stop knit­ting on her stoop and in­vite you in for a sweet, if it’s not Au­gust which is the on­ly time Sky­ros is crowd­ed. The ar­chi­tec­ture in Ho­rio re­sem­bles that of the Cy­clades with its clus­ters of small, white cub­ic hous­es and flow­er-filled court­yards, pic­tu­resque squares and doz­ens of old church­es. As you walk up to the Ve­ne­tian cas­tle, which shares the top of the hill with the an­cient acrop­o­lis of Ly­ko­medes, the hous­es be­come larg­er and more im­pres­sive and the view is superb.

Skyros, Sporades, Greece, Hip, Greece

 

The is­land’s port, Li­nar­ia, mid­way between the two halves, has a num­ber of good fish

ta­ver­nas, while the best beach­es are to the south-west and north-east, though the lat­ter can be wind­blown. Those on the north-­west are pine-shaded but sto­ny.

The most cosmopolitan beaches on the island are Magazia  and Molos with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and restaurants.

Sky­ros is al­so known all over Greece for its Car­ni­val tra­di­tions, which may have their

or­i­gin in Dio­ny­siac rev­els. The men dressed in goat­skin masks and shag­gy cloaks dance through town with an in­fer­nal clang­ing from the sheep­bells worn around their waist. Must be seen to be be­lieved.

 

HOW TO GET TO SKYROS

 

Skyros can be accessed by boat from the port (T. 0030 22220 22522) of Kymi in Evia. The boat ride lasts approximately one and a half hours and during the summer the itinerary is quite frequent.

By air from Athens International Airport or Thessaloniki International Airport, with Aegean Airlines. The duration of the flight from either Athens or Thessaloniki is 25 minutes.

Skyros is also connected by boat with Skopelos and Alonissos, its neighboring Sporades islands.

 

 

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