Skiros is a beautiful island, which offers visitors unforgettable holidays. If you are interested in attractions, you will definitely find many places to visit and admire in Skiros, such as the Castle, the archaeological museum and the monastery of Agios Georgios. It is also worth visiting the place where the Skirian ponies, an endangered species, live. Skiros is full with chapels, which are more than 200. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a few days of relaxation and rest enjoying the warm Greek sun and sea, then on Skiros' beaches you will find what you are looking for. You can also do many water sports and diving. The nightlife in Skiros is not intense but there are several restaurants, taverns and bars open till late at night. The fresh fish prevails in most restaurant menus. If you are lucky, you may experience one of the island festivals during your holidays, where food and drink are offered and the fun lasts till the next day. Holidays in Skiros will be amazing, so book your ferry tickets now and live unique moments in the wonderful island of Sporades.
The Skyros Port
Ferries depart regularly for the port of Skiros from Agios Konstantinos, Kymi but also Volos and the journey takes 2 -3 hours. To ensure a nice and comfortable journey, book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr. The port of Skiros is the picturesque Linaria and it is located 10 kilometers away from Hora. Linaria is a traditional village with beautiful little houses and the chapel of Agios Nikolaos built on the rock left from the port. Even though a small village, you will find many rooms to rent, taverns and cafes.
Connection With Other Islands
Skyros has a ferry connection with the following ports: Evia (Kymi), Skopelos, Alonissos.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Skyros via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Even though there is a local bus in Skiros, with itineraries for some areas of the island (port – Hora - Airport) and you can visit some of the beaches in a boat, the best way to explore the whole island and to see all the attractions, the beaches and its beauties, could be by renting a vehicle – a motorbike or a car from the rental agencies.
To serve the residents' and visitors' transportation, Skyros offers a reliable municipal network, that connects the City with Linaria Port, Molos, Pefkos, Kalamitsa and the settlements between them. The ticket costs between 1.60-1.80 euros, while there are special routes from the island's Airport to Skyros City, Molos, Linaria and vice versa, with the ticket's cost at 3.50 euros. During summer months some routes are adjusted to ships' departures and arrival, while more routes are added, to fulfill the increased passengers' needs.
The magic of the island
Pine hills, rocky mountainous pictures, beautiful isolated beaches, bays, sea caves. A scenery full of contrasts and variations ... We are in the beautiful island of Skyros with the exceptional architecture, the famous wood carvings and ceramics. The decoration of the houses in Chora, is something that will definitely catch your interest.
At the same time, Skiros, is connected with the Parthenon as here lives the famous Skyrian horse, which is pictured in the riser of the Parthenon. Its about a small size horse breed, from the very rare species which is autochthonous Greek. Today it is a protected species and the majority of them live in Skyros.
As for the flowers, here you will find unique plants such as black tulip, wild orchid, while here lives also the rare Eleonora's Falcon.
Skiros is a rustic island, that produces fine products and in most of them are used traditional production methods. Here you will find amazing cheeses, herbs, honey. The gastronomy of Skyros has as basis the local products and local meats, fish and seafood, ingredients that impart high quality.
The combination of mountain and sea gives the possibility to practice many sports like hiking in beautiful nature trails, mountaineering, climbing, biking, wind surfing, water skiing, while it is ideal for off-road routes with a machine or with 4 x 4 vehicles. Depending on the season you visit Skiros you can experience by yourself the island's traditional folk aspects, such as the numerous festivals, traditional Skyrian marriage etc.
Around the island there are many Byzantine churches, monuments of the Byzantine era, while the monastery of Saint George, stands proudly over the centuries, perched on the rock, full of memories and information about the island of Skyros and its life. In Skyros there are some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece.
Crystal clear waters, sea caves, beautiful scenery, golden sandy beaches or pearly pebbles, surely you will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the beaches of Skyros during your vacation.
- In Molos you'll be able to walk on the island's ancient quarries, while there is a small stair leading to sea, if you want to swim. The old windmill is also an impressive sight, that works as restaurant nowadays.
- The island's taverns serve a delicious lobster-spaghetti (Skyros is famous of its lobsters). It's a "must" meal, that everyone has to taste.
- "Xynotyri" cheese is an extraordinary appetizer, as well as a basic ingredient in many meals. You'll surely love and you'll buy some before leaving the island.
The island's roads are not in good condition, some of them are dirt-roads, as others have dips and rills and are very narrow. Slow down and reduce your speed more before turns.
There is a huge part on the island's north area, that belongs to the Greek Air Force, as well as another one on south, belonging to the Greek Navy, so these are restricted areas. Follow and conform to the signs you'll meet on the road.
Happy Holidays in Skyros!!!