This beautiful island, within the Greek Sporades archipelago, is perfect for those seeking quiet, slow travel. Despite being the largest island in the group at 81 square miles, it boasts no crowds and is often viewed as a hidden gem of Europe. 

The island is known for its jagged coastline, sea caves, beaches and seaside villages.

The main town, Chora, is built on the slopes of a hill above the sea and is dotted with small cubed white houses. 

The airport on Skyros only welcomes domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki, which take about 40 minutes. The airport is about 10 miles from Chora.

Otherwise, ferries depart only from Kymi on Evia island two or three times a day, with journeys taking about an hour and a half. 

Skyros has a hot Mediterranean summer climate, with the warmest month, August, usually offering temperatures of 30°C. With an average temperature between June and August of 27 to 30°C, the mean monthly sunshine hours are 14 to 15 hours, according to Weather and Climate

Things to do on Skyros are limited, as the island caters mainly for those who enjoy quiet, slow holidays. Days can be filled with swims at secluded beaches, lunches at seaside tavernas and shopping at small shops selling ceramics and embroideries. Scuba diving is offered at Acherounes beach, with the company Gorgonia Diving. 

There are many old footpaths which cross the island, making it popular for hikers, leading to chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and beautiful views of the sea. However, it can get very hot in the summer, so hiking is best during the autumn months. 

There are, however, several key sightseeing spots that must be visited. This includes the remains of a castle located on a crag above the main town, built to protect the island from enemies and pirates. A marble lion engraved on the wall above the entrance can be found, while inside there is the Monastery Tower of Agios Georgios. 

Agios Georgios, the patron saint of the island, was built around 962 AD, during the Byzantine era. Meanwhile, the Church of Agios Nikolaos, found at the northern edge of Molos Beach, is also very well-known, having been constructed out of a rock. 

For those who enjoy archaeology, the prehistoric settlement of Palamari, found in the north of the island, is deemed to be one of the most important Neolithic settlements in the Aegean Sea. 

One can also visit the grave of Rupert Brooke, the famous World War I poet, who died during an operation on the island in 1915. He is most known for his poem, “The Soldier”. 

Like most Greek islands, Skyros boasts beaches with crystal clear waters and beautiful landscapes. The most popular of which are closest to the main town – Molos and Magazia – and are the most organised. Some beaches are difficult to access, but offer almost complete privacy if you are willing to make the effort. Atsitsa beach does not have many amenities including umbrellas, but does have nearby tavernas and a shallow sea. 

Skyros Pefkos beach, located 6 miles west of Chora, and close to Atsitsa village, is an isolated, unorganised beach which offers lush green landscape. There is no bus, but another bay, Agios Fokas, is nearby. 

Finally, Skyos is home to one of the rarest breeds of horse, the ancient miniature Skyrian horse. Today, there are about 190 on the island, and 300 worldwide. Their long thick manes make them unique. There are a couple of farms that house the breed and offer rides, which are definitely worth a visit. 

Most of the tavernas and cafes can be found in Skyros Town, on narrow streets and small squares, as well as at the main villages and beaches including Pefkos, Molos and Magazia. For example, Asimenos, in Aspous, cooks fish caught daily from its own fishing boat, while Mouza offers Greek grill in the main town. 

On Tripadvisor, vistors hailed their visits on the island as “the best holiday of my life”, with “brilliant people, incredible food and very beautiful surroundings”. Another said: rom lovely houses, picturesque corners, romantic spots where the sunset can be admired.”