Skyros has some beautiful beaches making them ideal destinations for sunbathing and swimming in the Aegean Sea. Hiking and horse riding on the island is very popular with the northwest especially nice as it is covered with dense pine forest. Many watersports are offered here too including scuba diving, waterskiing, surfing and windsurfing as well as sailing trip around the island. Sea fishing is very popular in the summer months with boats and equipment available to hire at various coastal towns.
Holidaymakers can also play volleyball or tennis at various courts on the island. There are a number of Greek taverns, bars, cafes, restaurants and pita diners in Skyros, which serve mainly traditional Greek fare and delicious fish dishes. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages from shops and the markets here. Tourists can buy many different gifts and souvenirs from specialist and novelty shops in Skyros.
Skyros has lots of interesting places to visit including historic buildings and museums such as the Faltaits Folklore Museum. The Byzantine Castle of Skyros offers great views of the town and sea. Inside the castle there is the Monastery of Agios Georgios, which is thought to have been founded in the 10th century. Animal lovers may like to head to the southeast of Skyros town as this is home to a unique breed of ponies only found on the island. The main villages of the island are the capital, Chora and Linaria, which is a port and both are well worth visiting for the traditional architecture as well as the nightlife.
Summers in Chios are warm and dry with the average temperature in July and August about 27 degrees centigrade, but even June and September average 23-25 centigrade. There is hardly any rain between June and August. December and January can see an average of 78mm of rainfall, but the temperatures in the winter rarely drop into single figures.
Holidaymakers can get to Skyros Island National Airport (SKU) from Athens (ATH) and from Amsterdam (AMS) with Transavia Airlines. Visitors from other countries can get flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) and fly on to Skyros. There are direct flights to Athens from Amsterdam, (AMS) Berlin-Schonefeld (SXF), Brussels (BRU), Dublin (DUB), London-Heathrow (LHW), London-Gatwick (LGW), Madrid (MAD), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) amongst others. On arrival at Skyros visitors can hire a car from rental firms at the airport or there are taxis available outside the airport building.
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