Skyros, it does have a devoted following which comes back year after year, drawn by its many unique features. One of them, the diminutive Skyrian pony, looks like it might have escaped from the frieze of the Parthenon.
The town of Skyros is the capital of the municipality of Skyros, of the province of Karysti,a of Evia county . In the township are the villages Linaria , Loutro(n) , Traxy , the settlements of Aspous , Kyra Panagia , Acherounes , Mela and the islets of Sarakiniko and Skyropoula . Chora is located on the eastern side of the island , in the eastern foothills of Mount Olympus . It is built amphitheatrically on a high rock and is 11 km from Linaria , the seaport .
It is a typical island state , consisting of small houses with quirky dark roofs covered by “melagki” (a clayey soil that provides thermal protection from solar radiation) . Among the small houses there are narrow winding streets and stairs . Most of the homes of the country preserve the interior decoration consisting of large chests , tiny carved wooden furniture , pottery , textiles and beautiful embroidery .
The people do mainly for a living farming , construction and trade of folk art ( pottery , wood carvings furniture , embroidery and tourism.
The most interesting sightseeing in Skyros island are the Medieval Castle on the hill above Skyros Town and the Monastery of Saint George, found right below the Castle. A stroll around Skyros Town (Chora) is a nice activity day and night. Also there are a couple of farms on the island that host such horses and are surely worth a visit.
The aromas and flavors ” travel” the visitor on land and sea . Starring the local kid – that during the hot days quenches its thirst with seawater – and fresly fished lobster with oil pies , the local cheese and cheesepies that follow this trip , Skyros is definitely an island worth remembering for its quality and tasty food .