Skyros Sights & Attractions
Skyros is a very green and relaxing island. It is not as touristically developed as other Greek islands and this provides a special vibe of calmness. This scenic island is ideally preserved for nature lovers and in fact, it is the home of a very rare horse breed, the Skyrian horse. There are a couple of farms on the island that host such horses and are surely worth a visit. The most interesting site in Skyros is the Medieval Castle on the hill above Skyros Town and the Monastery of Saint George found right below the Castle. A stroll around Skyros Town (Chora) is a nice activity day and night.
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The Byzantine Castle of Skyros, which stands on a hill above the town, was built to protect the island from enemies and pirates. Above the entrance, there is a marble lion engraved on the wall. Inside the castle, there is the Monastery Tower of Agios Georgios.
The monastery of Agios Georgios, the patron saint of the island, is a beautifully preserved structure that was built around 962 AD, during the Byzantine times. The monastery stands beneath the Castle and gives a breathtaking view of Chora.
Agios Nikolaos Church in Pouriá, at the northern edge of Molos Beach, is a well known monument of Skyros because of its particular way of construction. The church was in fact curved out from a rock.
The ponies of Skyros are shortest than the normal horses. They have an arched back and long hair. They are the trademark of the island and they grow there since the antiquity.
The ancient site of Palamari is located in the northern part of the island. It is considered as one of the most important Neolithic settlements of the Aegean Sea. You can find the findings at the Archaeological Museum.
The Manos Faltaits Folklore Museum was established in 1964. It is housed in the Faltaits residence. The Museum houses items that depict everyday life in the various periods of the long history of Skyros. There is a collection of documents and publications dating from the Byzantine period to the Independence war, traditional Skyrian costumes, everyday tools, maps, gravures, rare books and manuscripts, sculptures and paintings of Manos Faltaits.
This is where the famous poet Rupert Brooke was buried. He died on Skyros in 1915 during operation of the First World War.
This is a small church on the way from Skyros to the airport. The most amazing thing is the location of the church, which offers breathtaking views of the island.
The Archaeological Museum displays artifacts from archeological excavations on the island. Built in 1967, the museum is located in Chora and contains pottery from the Geometric period, coins, pitchers and jewelry taken from the ancient cemetery in Magazia. The museum also houses the folklore collection of L. Kostoris, which depicts a traditional Skyrian house with all its everyday tools and equipment.