Skyros is the southernmost island of the Northern Sporades. Located east of Euboea, which lies around 35 km and it is the largest island of Sporades (210 sq. Km.) With a population of 2,994 inhabitants.
In Skyros you will find beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, the picturesque village with narrow streets leading to the Castle of Chora, the Monastery of St. George which dominates the rock of the country, landscapes that fascinate and scenery for all tastes. Hospitable people and local dishes with local traditional products will give one more reason to fall in love with this alternative island. Culinary delights for all tastes and recipes that remain for centuries in the island. Besides tradition, customs of Skyros still hold until today.
The northern part of the island is full of pine forest that reaches the coast while the southern part of the island is completely dry. The legend also says that in the past Skyros was two separate islands. One is today the northern part of the island belonging to the Sporades and the other is the southern part belonged to the Cyclades. The topography allows the myth to be true in a way.
In mythology and in accordance with a post-Homeric myth, Thetis hid in Skyros island her son Achilles, to prevent him from going to fight in Troy. Dressed like a girl called Pyrrha (red or blonde) is hidden among the daughters of King Lycomedes. This costume does not prevent him from having a son, Neoptolemus, with the princess. Odysseus comes to the island disguised as a peddler and of course all the girls show their interest in textiles, perfumes and jewelry. The only "girl", which is interested in weapons is, of course, Pyrrha and Odysseus discovers Achilles and finally takes him to fight in Troy.
Skyros is linked both via the sea with a local ferry boat and via air.
From Linaria – Skyros port- there is a daily connection to the island of Evia and the port of Kimi with Skyros Shipping company, Ferry boat Achilles.
The itineraries are daily once in each direction throughout the winter, while the spring and throughout the summer routes are twice most of the days.
The frequency of the itineraries increases in certain periods during the year, such as Halloween (Apokries) and Easter, Christmas etc.
The trip takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes from the port of Kymi, there is a regular response of ferry routes to Chalkida (duration about 2 hours) and Athens (duration about 3 hours).
Skyros also has an airport that operated in the military air base (135 SM) on the northern part of the island.
Skyros Airport is about 17 km from the main town (chora) and operated since 1984. The transfer to and from the airport is being held by bus on the island.
Today, air connection carriers are Aegean Airlines carrying three times a week to and from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos and Sky Express performing three times a week to and from Thessaloniki Macedonia Airport.
During the summer months, there are occasional charter flights weekly to and from France.