Τετάρτη, 2 Απριλίου 2008
In 24 miles distance from Kimi - about 1½ hour sail with the ship ‘Achilleas - lays the picturesque island, Skyros.
It's an island, where the people value their long tradition, against the oddities of time.
The island's population totals 2600 inhabitants and they are mostly occupied with cattle-breeding, fishing and tourism.
Geographically, Skyros belongs to North Sporades. It's landscape and form is similar to Evia's. The northern part is wooded, while the southern is rocky.
The island's capital, Horio, is built on the mountain amphitheatrically. It is ‘invisible' from all sea spetres, once the inhabitants should be protected against pirate raids.
The saint-protector of the island is Saint-George.
The monastery of Saint-George is found in Hora, and it has once been one of the greatest meeting point of pilgrims in Greece.
Close to that very important monastery, you will find the medieval castle which bears the impressinve lion-dragon at its gate.
Unfortunatelly, an earthquake left its marks on both, therefore they remain closed for the visitors. In the north part of the isalnd, you can visit the Faltaits Museum, the archaeological museum and the statue of the English poet Brook at the homonymus square.
Also, there are impressive buildings of every historic period and narrow, traditional alleys.In Hora, you will find shops of Skyrian artifacts, for instance embroidery, handwoven material, woodcarving, ceramic etc.
The old ways are everywhere.
The old people wear there traditional clothes and shoes; ceremonies are performed traditionally and there is also the issue of the ancient festivals like the Skyrian carnival, starring The Old Man, The Foreigner and The Maiden.
The island has yet to offer ways of modern entertainment. Nightclubs, taverns, delicious Greek food as well as unique beaches.
The seaside is impressive as it varies from spot to spot, offering oportunities for the taste of every visitor.
There are tips for the more adventurous, who will find it interesting to fish or explore the sea caves of Skyros.
Some of the beaches you might be interested to see are: Molos, Magazia, Atsitsa, Pefkos, Aherounes, Ahilli, Kalamitsa, Aspous, Agios Fokas, Kira Panagia.
The Skyrian Horse
Another thing you might find interesting is the Skyrian horse. It is a rare breed, with peculiarities in the bones and body that differentiate it from the pony.
It is unique in all over the world. It was known in the ancient times asn it was included in the decoration of the Parthenon.
Nowadays, there are about 150 horses on the island and the local authorities are making an effort to preserve it.
The IslandsThere are a lot of smaller islands around Skyros: Skyropoula, Sarakino, Mirmigonisia, Vrykalonisia. Some of them you may visit with the little boats at the port of Linaria.
FoodThe basic delicacies are meat and sea-food of the best quality. You can find free-range lamb, traditional cheese, pies, lobster spaghetti and fish.
What to buySince the pro-Byzantine ages, the Skyrians developed and perfected the folk handcraft. You can find wonderful furniture, woodcarved artifacts, embroidery, handwoven goods and ceramics. There are still just a few masters of these very special arts who hold the scepters of tradition.