Σκύρος

SKYROS - QUIET VACATION

Skyros is the southernmost island of the Northern Sporades with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches whose port is that of Linaria which provides a connection making it accessible. The city of Skyros is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill with the medieval castle and the Byzantine monastery of St. George of Skyrian. The Castle served for the safety of the Skyrians in the past. The cobbled alleys characterize Chora and stand out with their special architecture. In the square is the statue of the British philhellene poet Robert Brook known for his romantic and patriotic poetry which was of particular importance to the Skyrians. His tomb is located on the mountain at "Treis Boukes''. The Great Army is a cobbled path that starts from the Square of Eternal Poetry and ends at the height of the monument dedicated to Robert Brook. There are many traditional streets with the typical architecture of the island that lead in all directions.

The settlement of Linaria is the port and harbor of the island whose houses have different architecture and are different from each other. Excursion boats start from the port of Linaria for a sea tour of the island. The island has many coastal settlements, one of which is the settlement of Magazia and Molos that offer visitors the most beautiful beaches. Atsitsa is an area with pines that reach the turquoise waters of the sea, while in Pouria the rocks and the ruins of the ancient quarry of Skyros, create an imposing and at the same time peaceful landscape. The prehistoric seaside fortification settlement from the Early and Middle Bronze Age was excavated in Palamari. The Archaeological Museum of the island includes exhibits from the temple of Apollo on the hill of Fourka and a folklore collection.

In the area of the citadel of Skyros, the towers from the wall are preserved as well as the ruins of an archaic temple of Apollo in the place "Fourka". On the east side of the island are the impressive caves of which the most famous are Pentekali and Diathrypti, with their unique stalactites and the waters of their seabeds. The Faltaits Historical and Folklore Museum is one of the oldest of its kind in Greece. Mount Kochilas or Panoftis is the highest mountain with a path that leads to the top and has been included in the network of protected areas NATURA 2000. The Skyrian pony is a small breed of horse from the rarest breeds that exist in the world and are considered a protected species. Those who like horseback riding, can visit the Mouries Estate, to ride the Skyrian ponies. There are three routes of the quarter, one hour to Achilles and one hour to Kalamitsa.

The island is famous for the most beautiful beaches in Greece with crystal clear waters and beautiful landscapes that compose an idyllic landscape. Agalipa beach shipwreck is located next to the beach of Agios Petros where there are two coves where the shipwreck is in one. Molos beach is the largest beach of Syros next to Chora with a large coast essentially connected to the adjacent beach, Magazia. Kalamitsa, near the port, is one of the largest and busiest beaches. The beautiful beach Acherounes west of the city of Skyros has golden sand and clear, crystal clear waters. Pefkos is a large sandy beach surrounded by pine trees and the marbles of the old quarry. Atsitsa is a pebble beach that stands out for the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. Glyfada is a beach that has sand and blue waters, while at one end fresh water gushes from where it got its name. The sandy beach of Aspos, with its pine trees adorning it, has few umbrellas and is an ideal destination for relaxing.

Specialties of the Skyrian traditional cuisine are the lobster spaghetti and the goat in the oven, while the oil pie with the sour cheese, the teroptaria, the trachanopites, the fava with dill and the petnes with macaroni (rooster with thick spaghetti) stand out. Cheeses, honey, herbs, meat, fish and seafood are the raw materials of Skyros cuisine that offer a unique taste. The traditional macaroons of Skyros and the exquisite ice cream of Faltaina made with buffalo fresh milk are flavors that stand out. Skyros is famous for raising lambs and goats. The carnival customs with the bells ``old" and the "corela" are known all over Greece and attract many visitors. The art of wood carving in Skyros is a registered trademark and Skyros furniture is known worldwide as real works of art.

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