The beautiful island of Skyros is the largest of the Northern Sporades, so it is perhaps surprising that it is not better known. It is divided into two equal parts by a narrow low-lying isthmus with a natural harbour, sheltered by islets. The mountains of the lower half of the island are densely wooded and home to the island’s indigenous wild horses.
Skyros town occupies a spectacular spot on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, the bright white houses lining narrow winding streets and furnished with the ornate carved wooden furniture for which the island is famous. At the top of the slope is a ruined Byzantine castle built on the site of the ancient acropolis.
Another gem of the island is Tries Boukes (meaning three entrances), so called because of the islands in the bay which create natural shelter and three different ways into the harbour.