In the heart of the Aegean Sea, the splendid island of Skyros is located in the Sporades islands. This underrated place offers wonderful attractions as well as several choices for nature lovers as well as adrenaline-seekers, with plenty of watersports. Here are the reasons why you should make Skyros your next summer destination.
To explore Skyros town
The main town on the island, Hora (also called simply Skyros town), is a labyrinth of small streets, with sun-bleached houses, charming cafés, small shops and boutiques. You will enjoy wandering around and admiring its laid-back vibe. Take a break at one of the terraces and order a refreshing iced coffee.
This cafeteria perched on Atitsatsa Bay is a family-run business where you can savor delicious homemade cakes, snacks and light dinner options. But the highlight is most definitely the panoramic vistas over the sea. An ideal spot to view the sunset, Ktima Atsitsa also specializes in hosting weddings and events.
If you want to learn more about Skyros’ history and its folklore, don’t miss the Manos Faltaïts Folk Museum. Owned by the Faltaïts, this private museum is housed in a 19th-century mansion. Visitors can peer into the island’s past and admire the small collection of local costumes, antique furniture, ceramics, embroidery and vintage photographs. If you visit the island in July, you’ll be able to attend the Rembetiko Music Festival organized by the museum.
Greece is definitely a sailing paradise, and one of the top things you should do in Skyros is take a sailing trip. Rent a sailboat if you know how to sail, or simply join an excursion around the island for a fun day out at sea. There are countless boat trips available.
Climb up to the Monastery of Agios Giorgios
Perched on a hill on top of Skyros town, the Kastro Byzantine castle was built around the 13th century to protect the island from adversaries and pirates. But within the strong walls, find the functioning Monastery of Agios Giorgios. Visit its church, which dates from about the 10th century, and admire the views over the bay and the sea.
Located in the little resort by Kalamitsa beach, west of Skyros town, Mouries is one of the best tavernas on the island. Serving salads, meat and seafood, vegetables and local Skyrian specialties, Mouries is simply the perfect spot after a day at the beach. The goat cooked in lemon is the taverna’s specialty, but do yourself a favor and just order a bit of everything. You will be blown away.
Skyros is home to one of the rarest and oldest horse breeds, which can only be found on the island. The Skyrian horse–which is almost extinct–looks like a regular horse, although it is quite short. There are several farms where you can meet the unique horses, such as the Skyros Island Horse Trust, which was established to fight for the animal’s preservation and welfare. If you love animals and are looking for an excuse to stay longer on the island, why not volunteer at the ranch?
Skyros enjoys crystal clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling. Pack up your gear and go crazy. If you’re into scuba diving, check out Gorgonia Diving Center in Acherounes. They teach beginners and advanced divers and organize amazing dives so you can get acquainted with this fascinating world.
If you enjoy active vacations, Skyros is perfect. Hiking may just be the best way to see everything the island has to offer. Rediscover Skyros offers hiking tours, allowing visitors to discover the unique characteristics of the island, its natural beauty and the variety of its landscapes.
Worship the sun god
Just like any island, Skyros is home to gorgeous beaches and rugged coves. Known for their turquoise waters and the fantastic landscape that edge them, Skyros beaches are definitely worth a visit. Molos and Magazia feature among the most popular beaches as they are close to Skyros town, but if you feel adventurous or simply prefer tranquility, you will love even the hardest to reach. Agios Fokas, Pefkos, Atsitsa, Aspous, Acherones, Kalamitsa or Theodokos are all beautiful beaches you should visit.