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Skyros Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

The coastline of Skyros is peppered with lovely sandy beaches, quiet secluded coves, sea caves and remote rocky inlets. You can join the mid summer holiday hordes at the main beach north of Skyros Town or hire a boat or scooter to isolated swimming spots far from the madding crowds.

Families and watersports enthusiasts congregate at the 800 metre stretch of sandy beach which connects the twin resorts of Magazia and Molos, a short distance north along the coast from the capital. Magazia is about 15 minutes walk from town along the path and steps leading from Eternal Poetry Square. The resort, at the southern end of the main beach, is a pretty place with narrow, winding alleyways. With increasing development along this stretch of coastal road it's almost impossible to separate Magazia from the resort of Molos at the beach's northern end. If you're into beach volleyball, watersports and plenty of company this is the place for you. The beach is served by some excellent tavernas including Tou Thoma Magazi on the beach at Molos where seafood dishes are prepared from the freshest fish caught by the owner's father.

If you tire of the high season crowds and fancy a spot of nude sunbathing and skinny dipping head for uncrowded Tou Papa to Homa, an unofficial nudist beach directly below the kastro.

Keen hikers can tackle the lovely walk from Skyros Town through the island's wooded interior to the west coast village of Atsitsa. The walk will take you about three to four hours (the track's unsafe for scooters) but you can motivate yourself with the thought of a swim at Atsitsa's pretty pine fringed pebble beach and a meal at the local fish taverna, O Andonis.

A short walk north of Atsitsa there are the small, sandy and uncrowded beaches of Kalogrias and Panagia. If you have your own transport there's a superb sandy beach at Palamiri at the northern end of the island near the airport.

South down the coast from Atsitsa there's Agios Fokas with three lovely white pebble beaches and a top class small taverna serving fresh fish from the owner's boat and home made cheese.

From the main port of Linaria you can take a boat trip to secluded beaches around the island or visit the grottoes of Pendekali and Gerania on the east coast. Caiques also take visitors to the islet of Sarakino, off the southern tip of Skyros, which was once one of the biggest pirate hideouts in the Aegean. The islet is home to some of the extremely rare indigenous Skyrian ponies which have been bred here since ancient times.

Kalamitsa, south east along the coast from the port, has a reasonable beach and is a popular spot for fishing and windsurfing.

The south coast of the island has some scenic unspoilt beaches which can only be reached by boat or via rough, dirt tracks.