through the crystal waters of the Aegean sea,
Open sails with the wind and fly on playful seas! Sailing around the island of Skyros will bring you in secret coves and tranquil bays, reveal sea-caves where light and sea create constant reflexions and drop you for a swim in transparent, emerald waters!
Sailing and frequent boat-excursions are organized to the sea caves, the tour of the island and the Sporades islands.
The island of Skyros is an ideal destination for hiking and climbing, with trails winding through the forests, the gentle hills of the west and the rocky southern slopes. Most of the trails were used by shepherds from ancient times.
Others traverse significant historical and religious sites of Skyros, such as the old watermill in Anavalsa, dating from the 19th century and the 18th century chapel of Panaghia Lympiani, built in the foundations of an ancient temple.
Along these routes, hikers and climbers come across indigenous, rare and protected species of plants, birds and animals, with the most prominent of all the little horse of Skyros.
Maps of the hiking trails of Skyros are available. Guided tours can also be arranged.
A large part of the Mountain Kochylas in the southern part of Skyros, is a special protection area for birds and belongs to the Natura 2000 network of EU protected sights. Skyros is the largest colony of the migratory falcon “Falco eleonorae” in the world and hosts all the species of seabirds native in the Aegean sea. The wetlands of Kalamitsa and Palamari, routes of migrating aquatic birds, are also significant birdwatcing sites.
A tour to the religious sites of the island of Skyros will reveal numerous churches and small chapels, raised in place of ancient temples or built by the inhabitants in honor of protector Christian saints. The most renowned, is the church of St. George, patron saint of the island, build in 906 by Nikiforos Fokas and Ioannis Tsimiskis and the monastery, built on the acropolis of Skyros a few centuries later.
Also interesting is the chapel of St.Demetrius at Ferekampos featuring murals dating from the end of the 16th century.
During the summer, festivals with local songs and dances take place to honour patron saints like St. Mamas, St. Panteleimon, St. Ermolaos, Panagia Lympiani and St. Artemios.