Without doubt, Skyros
is the odd man out in the Sporades. Set adrift from Skiathos,
Skopelos and Alonissos (transport links with these islands are
not frequent) much of its landscape and architecture is more
in keeping with the Cyclades than its nearest neighbors.
Skyros Town is strikingly attractive. A maze of
alleyways leads not to a harbor but to a main thoroughfare at
best 20 feet wide that in places would test the hardiest
mountain goat. The islanders have a long tradition of
woodcarving and weaving and they host some particularly lively
festivals - notably the Skyros Carnival, when masked revelers
lead a raucous parade through the village streets. Skyros
town's offbeat architectural layout is the result of several
pirate invasions. What confounded pirates then may confuse you
now; make sure to get clear directions to wherever you're
going. Full of blissfully simple taverns are mixed in with the
usual mini-markets and other small shops. More steps lead to
the hilltop church where one can experience wonderful views
over the rooftops of Skyros Town and beyond.
blessed with magnificent beaches. A 15 minute walk down the
hill from Skyros Town and you are on the fine sands of Magazia
where the pace of life is even slower than Skyros Town. A few
tavernas and shops for basic provisions are the extent of
development here and the beach never seems to get crowded!