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...offers the opportunity to get acquainted with two different island types...
Skyros is the destination that offers visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with two different island types, one half pine-clad and the other half rocky, together covering an area of 240 square meters in the center of the Aegean Sea. The island gives the impression that it is isolated, although it lies a mere 22 miles from the port of Kymi in central Evia.
It has an age-old historical, folklore and cultural legacy, made known by the works of Homer and the travels of folklorist Aggeliki Haztimichali. On the small woodcarvings, the gold-threaded embroidery, the hand-woven textiles and a unique architectural language, we see the historic memory unaltered by time. An island of contrasts, it is surrounded by 33 rocky islets of unsurpassed morphological wealth, ideal for exploration, diving and sea sports.
Its coastline is dotted with white-sand beaches, pebbled coves, occasionally volcanic and then sandy, in harmony with the colours on the nature’s palette, dominated by a three-kilometer sandy beach. On its lap, a promontory takes the breath away with the head-village of Chora lying at its feet, the central traditional settlement with its white houses, the cobble-stone alleys and Byzantine chapels. Under the watchful “eye” of the castle of St. George, the Rubert Brook square with the statue of the romantic poet and the immense blue as a view; on the right, the imposing Koghylas, the highest mountain on the island, ideal for mountain climbing and mountain biking. Harvesting rare herbs, unforgettable walks at the marshlands of Anavalousa and the world’s only maple forest; ideal for hippotherapy and horseback riding for children with the small-bodied Skyrian horse. At the “kingdom” of Skyros since the times when Dolopes were pirates in the Aegean and Ulysses was searching for Achilles at the palace of Leukomides while he was pushing Thesseus off a cliff into the sea. Athenians, Venetians, Romans, they all reside in the hospitable Skyrian homes that feature a rare, functional space arrangement. They resemble live museums with their carved wooden shelves full of trinkets, porcelain and pottery with the aroma of yesteryear, well kept inside the trunks, the hearts and the stories told by veteran seafarers and the women who toil on embroideries, the altered Skyrian costumes, called “Alamena“.
The old man of the Dionysian happening trotting to the sound of bells, it is as if the reproductive forces of nature revive Skyros of yesteryear, transforming it into a tiny Venice with even the visitors donning their carnival costumes to celebrate along with the locals!
It is not surprising that of the Parthenon frieze only the tiny Skyrian pony has survived; that the local people do not take more than a minute to come up with a verse and a melody; that for years they have preserved their culture unaltered and shielded from development, in order to offer it to you, the visitor.