Vacations in Skyros (Sporades - Greece)
Skyros: The quiet island with the cute Skyros horses
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Vacations in Skyros island - Skyros, The quiet island with the cute Skyros horses
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Information On Skyros
Skyros belongs to Sporades and it is the southern and largest island of that complex. It is located north of Cyclades and a bit to the east of Evia, to which it is connected through the port of Kymi.
Perhaps due to its proximity to Cyclades, Skyros has a Cycladic feel with its scenic Chora. The shape of the island resembles the number 8, as it get rather narrow in the middle, and is consequently divided in two parts. The north and the south part are completely different, the north one being verdant filled with pine trees, like typical Sporades and the south one dry, like being in Cyclades.
One of the main advantages of vacations in Skyros is the fast and economic access, since it is a stone's throw away from Evia with a very cheap ferry ride. It is very known for the Skyros horse, an ancient race of small shaped horses under extinction, for the brilliant woodwork (mainly small furniture) and its textiles.
Skyros is basically a peaceful island for quiet and relaxing vacations, although bars in Chora turn up the volume from early on. In any case nightlife on Skyros is not intense, as there is only a handful of bars and only a couple nightclubs in the entire island.
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Beaches Of Skyros
Skyros has lovely beaches with clean sea. Most of those beaches are located in verdant locations. The main beaches of Skyros are the following:
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Travel To Skyros
Skyros is just one and a half hour away from the port of Kymi and Ahilleas (the ship) will leave you on Linaria, the island's port. This ship belongs to the Skyros Nautical Company founded by the locals themselves, resulting in a very low ferry cost (9 euro per person and 26 euro per car). There is a military airport on the island serving civilian aircrafts as well, although there is really no reason not to travel by sea.
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Transportation On Skyros (Car Rentals)
Skyros is not a big island with a small road network (there are a lot of dirt roads), as a result you can make the round trip of the island in less than 1,5 hours. There are buses with freuent schedule for you to travel around the island, that connect Chora, Linaria and Molos to each other. Because those routes only cover a small fraction of the island surface, you might want to consider renting a vehicle, or using a taxi (there are few on the island).
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Accommodation On Skyros (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
On Skyros most of the accommodation is at the northeast coast, and particularly in the villages of Molos, Magazia, Chora, Gyrismata and Aspous. It is advised to get a room in one of those places, as this is also the area with the best beaches.
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Food & Drink On Skyros
The specialty of Skyros is the local goat cooked in the oven. Everywhere on the island you can find great spaghetti lobster at a bargain price, as the area is known for its lobster. Finally try the tyropitari with delicious local cheese.
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What To Buy On Skyros
Skyros is famous for its textiles and its woodworks, especially the small wooden furniture that are true masterpieces. If you want to buy something edible seek out the tavern in Agios Petros where they sell pure honey and do get some fantastic local cheese. While you wait for the ship, there are some shops nearby selling unique ceramic artworks.
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Attractions On Skyros
The scenic capital of Skyros is built amphitheatrically at the side of a hill, under the castle.
The byzantine castle on top of the stiff rock hosts ruins of ancient churches and houses.
The Skyros Archaeological Museum consists two ground halls and a roofed gallery. Its collection includes precious findings from the Early Helladic period.
It is one of the oldest of its kind in Greece and housed in an island mansion built on the ancient walls.
The most special attraction of Skyros is the tiny church of Agios Nikolaos in Pouria, built inside a limestone rock.
A rare and ancient race of small horses, one meter high, that are not pony horses, that go around free mainly at the north part of Skyros.
The cruise includes a stop at Sarakiniko island for a swim in the spectacular Glyfada beach, and a visit to the caves of south Skyros.
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