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Although Skyros is part of the Sporades Island group, it has a more Cycladic feel. As a vacation destination, the island is largely under the radar, but what it lacks in crowds, it makes it up for in the areas of charm, history and hospitality. Untouched by tourism development, this island boasts beautiful villages, golden sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, pretty countryside and unique customs. The island is sprinkled with over 300 churches, and has a charming Hora amphitheatrically built around a Byzantine castle that occupies the site of the ancient citadel. Walking through the cobbled alleys, one can admire the unique architecture of the houses and their interior decoration. Hora is the perfect place to stroll around and enjoy a delicious Greek meal or drink when the sun goes down.
The island is well known for its rich tradition in the art of ceramics, woodcarving and embroidery, but what makes Skyros unique is its contrasts. The north part is green and forested, while the south is dry and barren. Skyros is the last home for the endangered Skyrian horse, a small bodied horse that roams in the wild. Nature lovers will fall in love with the island and have the opportunity to hike the numerous hiking trails that span across Skyros. Overall, Skyros is a scenic island with a special vibe of calmness, perfect for relaxing holiday. Being the largest of the Sporades islands, it is a hidden gem that has so much to offer, and whatever type of holiday you are looking for, you can be confident that Skyros will be able to provide you exactly what you want.
Skyros owes its name to the “Skyrian various stone”, the famous Skyrian colorful marble, with which Romans used to decorate their mansions. The island still has a reputation for its decorative stones.
According to the Greek mythology, one of the greatest heroes, Theseus died on Skyros when the local king, Lykmedes, threw him off a cliff.
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On coasts and islands of central and southern Greece, where the climate is Mediterranean, winter is mild and quite rainy, while summers are sunny and hot.
On the islands, during winter the wind often blows; precipitation often occurs at night and in the early morning. On the islands, snowfalls are rare, and generally occur only in the northern ones, during the most intense cold spells.
Spring is pleasant and sunny in most of Greece. The days with some rainfall become less and less frequent. In summer, in the Aegean Sea the Meltemi, a northerly wind typical of the warmest months (July and August), often blows, and even if the sky is clear.
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