About Skyros

The Island Of Skyros

Skyros is an island with a history of centuries and one of the most beautiful islands of Greece.

Embraced by the blue waters of the Aegean, with lush vegetation and impressive morphology, it is the ideal destination for a holiday of pleasure and tranquility.

From Chora or Chorio that is the capital of the island in magical settlements such as Pefkos, Atsitsa, Magazia or Molos, you will meet beautiful landscapes and enchanting destinations for your holidays.

Whether you are looking for a vacation and relaxation holiday, a vacation full of activity and adventure, Skyros offers something special for everyone.

Peaceful waters, beautiful scenery and in many cases pine trees that reach the sea, with golden beaches or pebble pebbles, you will enjoy during your holidays.

Also, the island’s trademark is Skyrian horses that are now threatened with extinction. However, you will have the opportunity to meet them and adore them!

Skyros is famous for its ceramics, wood-carved furniture and the special interior architecture of its houses.

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Useful Info

One of the most popular ways of access to Skyros is by the ship of the Skyros Naval Company, which operates daily routes to and from the ports Linaria Skyros and Kymi Evia. The trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. Also, Skyros Airport serves flights throughout the year to and from Athens Airport – Eleftherios Venizelos and Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki.

  • Travel Agency – Kimi Euboea ( + 30 ) 22220 22020 / 22522
  • Travel Agency – Skyros (Chora): ( + 30 ) 22220 91790
  • Travel Agency – Linaria Port: ( + 30 ) 22220 93465
  • Bus Agency : ( + 30 ) 210 8317163 , 210-8317153

The Municipality of Skyros is part of the regional unit of Evia. Besides Skyros, it consists of the small inhabited island of Skikopoula and some smaller uninhabited islands. The total area of the municipality is 223.10 square kilometers.

The northern part of the island is covered by a forest, while the south, dominated by the highest mountain, called Kochila (792 m), is naked and rocky.

The capital of the island is also called Skyros (or, locally, Chora). The main port, on the west coast, is Linaria.

The island has a castle dating back to the Venetian occupation (13th-15th century), a Byzantine monastery (the monastery of St. George), the tomb of the English poet Rupert Brooke in an olive grove from the road leading to Tris The Bouchs harbor. There are many beaches on the coast.

The island has its own race of Skyrian ponies.

The island was named after its wild rocky terrain. “Skiron” or “Skyron” means “debris of stone.” (The island had the reputation for its decorative stone.)

According to Greek mythology, Theseus died on Skyros when the local king, Lycomedes, threw him from a cliff. The island is also famous in the myths as the place from where Achilles set sail for Troy after Odysseus discovered him in the court of Lycomedes. 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). A small bay named Achili on the east coast of the island is said to be the place from where Achilles left with the Greeks, or rather where Achilles landed during a squall that befell the Greek fleet following an abortive initial expedition landing astray in Mysia.

In c. 475 BC, according to Thucydides (1.98), Cimon defeated the Dolopians (the original inhabitants) and conquered the entire island. From that date, Athenian settlers colonized it and it became a part of the Athenian Empire. The island lay on the strategic trade route between Attica and the Black Sea (Athens depended on supplies of grain reaching it through the Hellespont). 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 King Philip V of Macedon and the Roman Republican forces restored it to Athens.

After the Fourth Crusade of 1202-1204, the island became part of the domain of Geremia Ghisi.

Rupert Brooke, the famous English poet, is buried on Skyros, having died on board a French hospital-ship moored off the island on 23 April 1915, during World War I. Present at Brooke’s burial that same evening, were Patrick Shaw-Stewart and William Denis Browne.

In 1941 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Karl Shapiro wrote the World War II poem Scyros, which he set on the island Skyros “because it was a tribute to and irony upon Rupert Brooke.”

In 1963 the Archaeological Museum of Skyros was established[by whom?], with the inauguration taking place 10 years later in 1973. The Faltaits Folklore Museum was founded in 1964 – one of the first local folklore museums to operate in Greece