48 hours in Skyros

Skyros may be the largest island of the Sporades, yet it looks more like a cycladic island with white-washed houses and a steep capital town. Its northern part has pine forests anf small bays while the south features arid hills and a rocky shoreline.

Day One

Check in to Ammos Boutique Hotel. Amphitheatrically built, at a mere distance of 60 meters from the azure waters of the sandy beach of Molos, and 2 kilometers north of Skyros Town, the hotel features 21 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and maisonettes, a swimming pool and bar-restaurant (Magazia, tel.: +302222091234, www.skyrosammoshotel.com).

The Skiros Palace Hotel is just a few meters from the famous beach Gyrismata, overlooking the beautiful Aegean sea. It features 104 comfortable rooms with balconies facing the sea, the swimming pool, the village or the mountain, a restaurant, a bar, adult and children's pool, basketball, tennis and beach volley courts, among others (Gyrismata, tel .: +3022220 91994, http://skirospalace.gr).

Nefeli Hotel is located at the entrance of the city of Skyros and consists of 3 buildings, each of which has been decorated in a special style. Pools, a restaurant and a breakfast buffet with homemade dishes are some of the facilities (Skyros, tel .: +3022220 91964, www.skyros-nefeli.gr).

Head to the beaches of the west side of the island: the scenic, small beach-port Atsitsa with pebbles and sand is located on the northwest side of the island, 18 km from Chora. The quiet Kyra-Panagia beach with pebbles and sand outside and sand in the water, with crystal and quite cold water. The sheltered Pefkos beach, in a beautiful bay with dense vegetation and golden sand is ideal for relaxation and tranquility.


Stamatia Tavern has been famous for its casserole dishes for over half a century. You will taste moussaka, pastitsio, meatballs and kid goad in lemon sauce, served in hearty portions (Pefkos, tel: +306972558232, from €12 per person).

Wander around the Chora of Skyros, where life flows in slow motion. Walk among the white-washed square houses with the dark roofs, stuck like shells on the wild rock. The capital of the island is located near the east coast, built amphitheatrically consisting of traditional houses, with Cycladic architecture, built close to one another. In the city there is the Archaeological museum of Skyros and the Faltaits Historical and Folklore Museum. The main city of Skyros crosses a main road, which comes from Linaria and ends at Kastro and is the backbone of the settlement. From this road start cobbled streets and paths. Next to the Brooke square, named after the English Poet Rupert Brooke, you will find the Archaeological Museum of Skyros, founded in 1963 and exhibiting interesting finds throughout the long history of the island.

Very close to Chora, on the northeast side of the island lies the settlement of Pouria, where the ancient quarry was located. You will see the restored windmill and the impressive chapel of Agios Nikolaos that is carved in the rock.

The Asimenos fish tavern at Aspous is famous for its fresh lobster spaghetti. Their fish is always fresh, while Mrs Stratoula serves eggplant salad, crab salad, tiny shrimps and grilled scorpion fish (Aspous, tel .: +3022220 93007).

For more than 20 years, Kavos has been welcoming the visitors of Skyros Island with the melody of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, as the ship enters the port of Linaria. The spectacle is even greater at nights, as our customers become a part of this unique welcome (tel. +3022220 93213, www.kavosbar.com).

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