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Isolated from its northerly neighbours, it has evolved on its own over the centuries, and seems an amalgam of different parts of Greece.
Skyros comprises two dissimilar parts: A rather suspect theory holds that these were once two distinct islets, now joined at a fertile, low-lying plain which extends between both coasts. Its strategic Aegean position ensured that Skyros was settled before recorded history; sailing directly from the Dardanelles towards Attica, it would have been the first landfall in a notoriously rough patch of sea.
The island was a vital naval base for the ancient Athenians, Byzantines and Venetians they stayed for three centuriesand remained important enough to host foreign consuls until the s. The locals assiduously cultivated a sailing tradition too, acting as sailors — or pirates — as the occasion demanded.
From these peripatetic habits arose the association of Skyros with exotic ceramics: Thus was amassed a huge collection of plates which can still be seen in island homes, though the local pottery-making tradition is quite recent.
For looking at only, really. Despite its vibrant local culture, tourism has been slow to take off on Skyros. Access can be tricky; the number of guest beds remains limited; the landscape is rugged rather than postcard pretty; beaches may be harsh underfoot, remote, without amenities and on the west coast beset by floating garbage.
For years the largest number of outsiders showed up for its lively Carnival rites see belowand Greek tourists still outnumber foreigners. The island could just about survive without tourism — or so navy and air force personnel stationed on the island often with their families provide quite a boost to the local economy, and keep the better tavernas open year-round.
All that said, those who do make the trip are assured a warm welcome.
It would be 23 years before I returned, in I went back in for Orthodox Easter weekend — a bit perverse, given that there are no special local Easter customs on an island best known for its Carnival — but it was refreshing to be part of low-key observances at just three or four churches, and to be accepted, without the snottiness or hostility that can befall heterodox heathens on some other Greek islands.
Few will choose to base themselves there in beach season, but we stayed happily enough that Easter at the Linaria Bay Hotel up on the hillside.
The big bright spot here is Taverna Platanos, under said quayside tree on what passes for the village square here. The main full-service taverna along this is seasonal Margetis telwith good bulk wine but, shall we say, variable food when I tried it in it was closed Easter ; Skyros really excels in remote countryside tavernas with notably attractive prices.
The Archaeological Museum Tues—Sun 8.
Either he or his wife Anastasia is usually around to provide a guided tour extra charge. The Skyrians are less exhausted and really pull out all the stops during the preceding three weeks.
Most local hotels open for the duration, and you have to book rooms well in advance — the preceding November at least.
Reservations tel suggested or groups. The only other facility here is a fish-strong taverna, Stelios. Skyrian Ponies Skyros has a race of native pony, related to the ones living on Exmoor or Dartmoor. They are thought to be the diminutive steeds carved on the Parthenon frieze; in legend Achilles went off to fight at Troy mounted on a chestnut specimen.
Currently only about individuals survive, and the breed is threatened by the decline of local agriculture, indifference and cross-breeding; this figure includes about twenty sterile specimens fathered by donkeys, who often prevent pure-blood stallions from mating.
To be classed as a true Skyrian pony, the animal must be 98—cm in height, and cm maximum from shoulder to tail.Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
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