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Located between the northern islands of the Sporades and the Island of Evia, Skyros rests on the crystal clear the Aegean Sea. The stunning, long, sandy beaches are abundant around Skyros and they serve as recreation spots for the locals and the tourists who come here to enjoy the tranquility.
However, Skyros island is also known as it is connected to Achilles, the legendary hero of the Trojan War. In fact, Skyros has been referred to as the place where he was sent by his mother, goddess Thetis, to prevent him from participating in the Trojan War, as he would be killed in that war.
The historic old town of Skyros is a testament to a rich cultural heritage. With ruins dating back to the Stone Age, the city is a truly intriguing experience. You will certainly be amazed at the traditional Skyrian houses that stand proudly all along the streets of the capital. The ruins of the castle of King Lycomedes, who brought up Achilles, is there, atop a hill overlooking the old town along with the Church of Agios Georgios, who is the patron saint of the island.
Most of the towns and villages are dispersed in the northern part of the island, which is mostly covered with forests. The capital town is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. The trademark of the island is the Pony of Skyros, a rare type of horse which is only bred on Skyros. Such ponies can be seen in the Skyrian Pony Centre, on the northern side of the island.
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