Lying in the Aegean Sea is the most southern island of Skyros-- a part of the Sporades islands. The census in 2003 showed a population of about 3,000 people in Skyros. Skyros is the only place in Greece not directly connected, having no municipality. Greek gods such as Achilles, Lycomedes, Neoptolemos, and Theseus are believed to have existed on this historic island. Today you can see remains of society s centuries-past that left their landmarks throughout the city: paintings, customs and traditions which are still present today. Skyros has been a truly self-sufficient island-- growing local produce in its mountainous terrain-- rationed for the islands consumption only.
The entire island of Skyros is one where nature thrives, and where the natural beauty of the island creates a truly perfect setting for your travels and holidays. The turquoise waters of the sea are simply stunning, and during the summer months you can enjoy a wonderfully refreshing swim. The diversity of the scenery on Skyros is truly Greek. Pouria has wild and rocky scenery, while in Atsitsa the pine trees reach all the way down to the sea. In the southern part of Skyros, which is rocky and mountain like, the Skyrian Horses are the old inhabitants of this area. There is still a pure breed of these horses today that use to run wild in this countryside. There are many monasteries and churches located all over the island which are perfect for visiting if you get the chance. Some of the most famous are the monastery of Agios Georgios above the town of Chora. You will find the warmth of small chapels on all corners of the island. Whether you are looking for a holiday destination where you can just relax or one where you can enjoy a variety of traditions, Skyros has something special for everyone.