HistoryAccording to Greek mythology, Theseus died on Skyros when he was thrown from a cliff.
Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, was from Skyros (or Scyros, as its name is sometimes transliterated), as told in the play by Sophocles, Philoctetes (line 239).
In c. 475 BC,according to Thucydides, Cimon defeated the Dolopians (the original inhabitants) and conquered the entire island. From that date, it was colonized by Athenian settlers and became a part of the Athenian Empire. It was on the strategic trade route from Athens to the Black Sea. Cimon claimed to have found the remains of Theseus, and returned them to Athens.
In 340 BC the Macedonians took over the island and dominated it until 192 BC, when the king Philip and the Roman Republican forces restored it to Athens.
Rupert Brooke, the famous English poet, is buried on Skyros, having died on board a French hospital ship moored off the island in 1915, during World War
By planeSkyros Airport is served by both domestic and international airlines. The airport is located near the village of Trachy The north side of the island is 17 km from the town of Skyros
By boatSkyros has a ferry service with the following ports: Evia (Kymi), Skopelos, Alonissos. The best 'ferry service' is the ferry from Kymi in Euboea to Linaria
Skyros townA walk through the narrow streets inbetween the houses close to the mountain up to the castle and the St. Georg monastery is an experience. You can also visit the interesting historical museum and archaeological museum.
Linariasmall interesting harbor town where the ferry mooring and popular with sailors.
Archaeological site of PalamariouIt is a prehistoric settlement of the Early and Middle Bronze Age Aegean (2500 - 1800 BC). You can see the remnants of buildings and streets, the fortified harbor, which had great importance for the trade relations with the Cyclades, the eastern mainland Greece, Euboea and the northeast Aegean. In the rooms and courtyards stone terraces, fireplaces, stoves, numerous pottery, stone tools and utensils, bone tools, metal objects, obsidian processing residues and local flint were found. Most finds of Palamariou are exhibited in a special room in the Archaeological Museum of Skyros. The remains of the wall and its layout suggest that the settlement was well fortified, with massive U-shaped bastions, ramparts, moats and stone dams. This type of fortification appeared around 2300 BC. in the Aegean
Agios Nikolaos ChapelInteresting and photogenic little chapel in a rock
Agios Arthemios Chapelinteresting chapel built in a rock, very photogenic
Agios Panteleimonas ChapelSmall chapel worth seeing because of it's beautiful location and outlook . In the immediate vicinity is an antique quarry
Agios Fokas Chapelsmall photogenic chapel near the beach
Grave of Rupert BrookeFor those interested in old English literature the once famous English war poet Rupert Brooke is buried on the southern part of the Island at Tris Boukes bay, where he died in 1915 and was laid to rest in a beautiful olive grove (30 minutes drive from Linaria).
Divingthe many underwater caves are particularly interesting diving area
Sailingmany bays invite sailor to anchor
Boat tripsthere are very interesting boat trips around the island offered
Horse ridingHorse lovers will appreciate the particular breed of Skirros
CarnivalCarnival with traditional costumes
Tou Papa to Homa BeachThe picturesque but somewhat difficult to reach 'nudist beach' is located south of Magazia Beach, not far from Chora, just below the huge rock on which the Skyros town is located. It is a long and sandy beach. Tou Papa to Homa Beach is accessible only from the north side via a path from the main road. You have to go through a fence next to an old house, which is located along the main road and follow the path down. There are some caves and some rocks on the beach, which is pretty clean. Of course, there are no facilities on this beach, but Skyros Chora is nearby.
Magazia BeachCity beach of Skyros city
Aspous BeachSandy beach with taverns
Achili BeachSandy beach, not organized, isolated
Renes Beachesseveral nudist suitable not easily accessible bays in the wild south of the island
Kolympada BeachNudist suitable pebble beach
Kalamitsa Beachlong sandy-gravel beach, not organized
Acherounes beachbeautiful beach with cafes, in the season pretty crowded right on the road
Psarinas Capesmall beach in a beautiful bay with many rocks
Pefkos Beachnicht organisiert, in schöner Landschaft, nicht überfüllt, mit Marina für kleine Motorboote
Agios Fokas BeachSand-gravel beach, with tavern, relatively sheltered from the wind. Parking on the beach. About 150m further west, another beach is accessible via a path along the rocks, which is often used for naturism
Atsitsa Beachpopular beach with a few taverns nearby but without beach chairs and umbrellas, many rocks along the water, not crowded
Kyra Panagia Beach & Kalogria BeachSandy-gravel beaches, not organized,
Agalipa Beachsmall beach in a beautiful bay
Theotokos-Limanaki Beachkleiner Strand in einer sehr schönen Bucht, sehr voll in der Saison, auch Markesi genannt
Agios Petros Beachrelatively large sandy beach, not organized
Palamari Beachrelatively large sandy beach, not organized,
Kareflou Beachextensive sand-gravel beach, not organized, isolated, often windy with many algae
Gyrismata Beachnice well-organized sandy beach, quite busy in the season
Molos Beachthe best organized beach of the island with many overnight stays, taverns and hotels nearby
SAINT PETERWell-known restaurant in a beautiful location on the edge of the forest with a view
Anatolikos AnemosRestaurant with one of the best views of the island.
O Steliosvery popular restaurant with beautiful sea view
AnemomylosVery well-known cafe in an old windmill on the beach with good sea views