Skyros is an island in the Sporades which shares many similarities with Cycladic islands. This Greek island is famous for its beautiful landscapes and it is ideal for relaxing holidays.
On Ferryhopper, you can find detailed information about your trip to Skyros. Discover the best beaches and attractions, learn more about its quaint villages, compare available ferry schedules and book your tickets online.
The impressive castle of Skyros above the island's capital
Vacation in Skyros
Skyros is the largest and southernmost island of the Sporades. Located at the center of the Aegean Sea, it is a great destination for a laid-back vacation. During your stay in Skyros, you can visit beautiful coasts and natural sites, eat fresh seafood, buy traditional artifacts and have fun in Chora, the island’s main settlement.
Tip: find more ideas and inspiration for your trip to the island on our 4-day summer adventure in Skyros blog post.
How to get to Skyros
There are direct ferry routes from the port of Kymi in Euboea (or Evia) to Skyros. Ferries from Kymi to Skyros depart daily and the journey lasts about 1 hour and a half.
The port of Kymi is located in the northern part of Euboea and it’s around 3 hours from Athens. You can reach Kymi by private vehicle or intercity bus (KTEL), as there are daily itineraries from Athens to the port.
Here, you can learn more information about ferries to Skyros.
There’s also an airport in Skyros that is connected to Athens and Thessaloniki.
What to do in Skyros
Skyros has many museums, archaeological sites and monuments, bearing testimony to its rich history. As for beaches, Skyros is guaranteed to steal your heart. Most beaches are calm and sandy, perfect for relaxation away from the crowds. There are also some beaches with visitor amenities and beach bars.
Additionally, Skyros (or Skiros) is famous for its villages and local cuisine. There are various scenic villages where you can enjoy delicious dishes, such as lobster pasta, and buy local products. Don’t forget to visit one of the farms of the island and meet the adorable Skyrian Horses!
Tip: one of the best times to visit Skyros is during the Clean Monday holiday break. That’s when the famous carnival of Skyros takes place, dating back to ancient times. Locals reenact the Dionysian rituals by dressing in costumes and walking around the alleys of Chora.
Beaches in Skyros
There are many amazing beaches for every taste in Skyros. You can find some beaches with visitor amenities, such as sun loungers and umbrellas, but most of them are remote and untouched. Here are 11 of our favorite beaches on the island:
- Agios Petros: Agios Petros is a charming beach with emerald waters, sand and pebbles. There are no visitor amenities, but there are plenty of pine trees for shade.
- Pefkos: this is a sandy beach with trees and umbrellas. It is located in the village of Pefkos and it’s surrounded by green hills. It is also a great option if you are looking for a protected beach on a windy day in Skyros.
- Kira Panagia: it is a large sandy beach with crystal-clear waters and trees.
- Kalamitsa: this is one of the largest beaches in Skyros. It is a pebble beach with umbrellas, tavernas and cafés. It’s also ideal for surfing.
- Agalipa: these are 2 beaches in a beautiful cove surrounded by pine trees. Both beaches are sandy and have clear waters. There are no visitor amenities and you can get there via a challenging hiking trail (40-minute walk), or by boat which is the easier way. There’s also an old shipwreck on the southern beach.
- Magazia: the sandy beach in Chora is one of the most popular on the island. The beach has crystal-clear blue waters and there are visitor amenities, tavernas and cafés.
- Pouria: this beach is distinguished by its amazing scenery and intricate rock formations. The impressive rock-carved chapel of Agios Nikolaos is found nearby.
- Acherounes: it’s a beach with golden sand and shallow waters, located close to the port. It is great for families and there are cafés for drinks and snacks.
- Atsitsa: Atsitsa is a heavenly cove with pebbles, crystal-clear waters and lush vegetation that reaches the sea.
- Gyrismata: this is a popular beach with sand and small pebbles. There are sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as shops nearby.
- Molos: it is one of the busiest beaches in Skyros. There are plenty of visitor amenities, such as umbrellas, sun loungers, beach bars and restaurants.
Tip: Agalipa is an isolated beach that is a bit hard to reach, but is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and is worth a visit. If you want to avoid the hike, you can hire the Lykomidis boat, that offers day trips to the beach and departs from Kyra Panagia beach. Remember to make a reservation by phone 1-2 day before the trip.
The shipwreck at Agalipa beach in Skyros
Sightseeing in Skyros
In Skyros, apart from natural sites of great importance, you can also find several monuments from the Byzantine, Venetian and ancient times. Here are the top attractions in Skyros:
- The Faltaits Historical and Folklore Museum
- The monastery of Agios Georgios
- The castle of Skyros
- The Archaeological Museum of Skyros
- The prehistoric settlement of Palamari
- The statue of Rupert Brooke at Brooke Square
Activities in Skyros
During your vacation in Skyros, Ferryhopper suggests that you explore every corner of its unspoiled nature. Visit one of the traditional eco-preservation farms of Skyros, such as Mouries Farm, to see the miniature Skyrian horses. This protected horse breed is one of the cutest animals ever (!!!) and it’s also one of the rarest breeds in the world.
Tip: if you want to buy the cutest souvenirs and support Mouries Farm which hosts numerous Skyrian horses, we suggest visiting the Horse's Home shop in Chora town.
Moreover, don’t miss out on a boat trip to the neighboring islets of Sarakino (or Sarakiniko), Skiropoula and Valaxa, and if you’re interested in cave exploration, check out the Pentekali cave, the largest cave on the island.
Useful info: the Skyros Sea Tours agency serves day trips to Sarakino islet. The Hydrobates boat departs almost daily from Pefkos beach. The tour normally costs €25, but there is also a lunch-on-board option, which usually includes seafood pasta dishes and other local delicacies and costs around €40.
The miniature Skyrian horses
Nightlife in Skyros
Skyros is an easy-going destination, perfect for relaxing summer nights and serenity. Travelers can enjoy drinks and delicious food at one of the many bars and restaurants that stay open until late. Most bars in Skyros are located in Chora, but there are also some lounge beach bars at Molos and Magazia.
Skyros is great for families, couples and small groups. You can enjoy a glass of Greek wine at one of the tavernas, drink delicious cocktails at the bar Kalypso in Chora and delve into the local cuisine at a restaurant.
Food in Skyros
Skyros is one of the best destinations in Greece to try lobster pasta! Apart from fresh fish and seafood, Skyros is also famous for its mouthwatering desserts and delicious types of cheese, such as the local graviera with its distinct flavor and aroma. Here’s what to try in Skyros:
- Ladopita (deep-fried dough topped with soft white cheese and honey)
- Trahanopita (tarhana-based pie)
- Agalipokeftedes (sea anemone fried balls)
- Tiropitaria (fried phyllo pastry filled with rice, tarhana and cheese)
- Amigdalota (sweet almond biscuits)
- Local cheeses (such as graviera, mizithra, xinotiri)
- Lobster pasta
- Goat stew with lemon sauce
- Fava beans
If you are a fan of meat dishes, we recommend visiting the tavernes in Mouries and Agios Petros to try the top local meat delicacies, such as goat stew and lamb ribs.
Local tip: we recommend that you try fried meatballs at Barba Giannis in Chora, as well as fresh fish at Asimenos in Aspous and Stefanos at Magazia. If you love desserts, try bougatsa (phyllo pastry filled with semolina cream) at Mitsos in Chora, ice cream at Faltaina’s Sweets and almond biscuits at Chiotis.
Villages in Skyros
There are around 3,000 permanent residents in Skyros and most of them live in Chora, the island capital. It’s worth exploring the alleys of Chora with the traditional houses and visiting more villages on the island to get a glimpse of their traditional lifestyle.
Here are some of the villages worth visiting in Skyros:
Rock-carved chapel at the village of Molos
Useful information for Skyros
Most visitor amenities in Skyros are in Chora and the port of Linaria. In Chora, there are supermarkets, grocery stores, car rentals, an ATM machine, a pharmacy, a post office, a medical center and a gas station. There’s also an ATM machine and a gas station at the port.
As for shops, restaurants and accommodation, there are plenty of options around the island.
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Skyros
Here are some useful contact information for your trip to Skyros:
- Skyros Port Authority: +302222093475
- Kymi Port Authority: +302222022606
- Skyros Medical Center: +302222092222
- Skyros intercity bus station (KTEL Skyrou): +302222091123
- Athens intercity bus station (KTEL Athinon): +30210831715
- Municipality of Skyros: +302222350343
- Police: +302222091274
Transportation in Skyros
You can get around Skyros by private vehicle, bus or taxi. Buses serve the following route several times a day: Linaria - Chora - Magazia - Molos - Airport. For more flexibility, we recommend that you bring your own vehicle or rent a car or motorcycle upon arrival.
Ports in Skyros
The main port of Skyros is in Linaria on the west coast of the island. The port of Linaria is approximately 10km from Chora and serves ferry routes to nearby islands and Euboea. You can find plenty of services there.
Island hopping from Skyros
If you want to explore even more of the Sporades, you can continue your island-hopping adventure from Alonissos and Skopelos to Skiathos.
Sea-viewing point at the port of Skyros
Skyros ferry: schedules and tickets
Catching a ferry to Skyros is nothing but smooth sailing. Your most convenient option is to arrive at the port Kymi in Evia and travel to Skyros from there. You can find 1-2 daily itineraries from Kymi to Skyros all year round that last about 1.5 hours and cost €19.
Book ferry tickets to Skyros online
Are you looking forward to enjoying a peaceful vacation in Skyros and the Sporades? On Ferryhopper, you can find detailed info about your holidays in Skyros, as well as all ferry routes to the island.
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