A small tavern by the sea and evenings full of entertainment
The boat for Skyros leaves from the port of Kimi, in Evia, 160 klm from Athens. An hour and a half and 24 nautical miles later, Achilles, the island's boat, reaches Skyros.
Linaria is the port and it is ten klm from the Chora. The Chora is on the northeast part of the island and it is built amphitheatrically on the side of the hill, on top of which are the medieval castle and the Byzantine monastery of Agios Georgios. The local architecture is impressive and particular. Small white houses, narrow streets, geraniums and basils.
A nice walk on foot, leads to Magazia, the beach of the Chora. The name Magazia (meaning shops in greek) is misleading. This is not a shopping centre, but this is how the area was called during the Turkish occupation, when the area had storage houses with merchandise from the island. The buildings are still well-preserved. Magazia and the neighbouring Molos is the most cosmopolitan part of the island and share a wonderful sandy beach.
All the settlements in Skyros have particular characteristics, are small in size with very few permanent inhabitants. Skyros has a population of about three thousand residents, mostly working in stock farming, fishing and tourism.
In Chora, you can find the Town House and other services, such as the Post Office, the Telephone Company, a bank and the health centre. The entire road network of the island is very good and you can rent cars and motorcycles to visit the island. Skyros also has an airport, for flights to and from Athens and Thessaloniki.
The shops with folk art, embroidery, pottery and wood carved objects, are practically museums. In Skyros, popural art is alive. In Chora, there are two museums and the cultural centre hosts interesting exhibitions and events. Churches and locations with archaeological and historical interest wait for you to discover them.
No matter how many days you have for your holidays, you will not get enough of the local restaurants. Greek cooking with dishes from Skyros, from owners who love what they do, can be found in Chora as well as in restaurants around the island. There are also small shops and grocery stores that sell local, fresh and seasonal products. At night, you can have a drink in Chora or by the sea, in one of the island's music bars.
From the very first moment, Skyros and its people will give you a sense of familiarity and freedom. And if you visit the island for second time, it will be like coming home.