Skyros is one of the Sporades islands, and its neighbouring islands from the same group, Skiathos and Skopelos were thrust into the tourist limelight in 2008 after the release of the film, Mamma Mia. However, Skyros and the rest of the Sporades islands, with their distinctive pine fringes, remain relatively unknown. Lovers of a resort holiday will probably feel out of place here, but anyone looking for a peaceful holiday far out into the Aegean Sea without many other tourists will love it.
It doesn’t have many ferry connections to and from its neighbours, making this beautiful island even more tranquil. Skyros has an independent feel, and is now becoming a place to visit for wellness and creativity, with plenty of workshops and retreats to choose from.
Skyros is home to its own unique breed of miniature horses and the locals are usually found working their trades – most commonly wood carving and shepherding. Visit Skyros in February or March and you’ll be greeted by the annual carnival which sees locals dressed at goats, dancing merrily along the well-trodden cobbled streets. A true slice of Greek island life!
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