Skyros, the largest of the Sporades group, can seem like two separate islands: the north has small bays, rolling farmland and pine forests while the south features arid hills and a rocky shoreline. In Greek mythology, Skyros was the hiding place of the young Achilles, who is thought to have ridden a Skyrian horse into Troy: the endangered small-bodied horses can still be seen in the wild on the island.
These days, the island has somewhat of a hip but off-the-radar feel thanks to the alternative arts and wellness courses run by the Skyros Centre. It's also popular with birders, in search of the slender Eleonora's falcon which migrates between here and Madagascar. Skyros Town, perched on its high rock, is a tranquil car-free base.