All the steep whitewashed alleys through Skyros Town's historic core eventually lead to the Byzantine-Venetian fortress, which has been closed for restoration since a 2001 earthquake but may reopen. A marble lion, thought to be from a pre-existing acropolis, overlooks the kastro entrance, which gives way to the 10th-century Monastery of Agios Georgios (open to visitors).

On the way back down, pop in to tiny Agia Triada for its fine frescoes.

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1. Monastery of Agios Georgios

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Founded in 962, the working Byzantine Monastery of St George (whose bells might wake you early if you're staying in town) crowns Skyros Town, within the…

2. Agia Triada

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Following signs to the kastro through upper Skyros Town's maze of white streets, you'll come to this tiny candlelit chapel with fine ceiling frescoes.

3. Archaeological Museum

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Along with Mycenaean pottery and jewellery found near Magazia, vessels unearthed in Skyros Town and artefacts from the Bronze Age excavation at Palamari –…

4. Papa Ta Houma

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Skinny-dippers can leave it all behind at this tan-toned nudist strand just beyond the southern end of Magazia.

5. Manos & Anastasia Faltaïts Museum

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Spread across the Faltaïts family's 19th-century mansion, this not-to-be-missed gem unravels the island's mythology and folklore in a multilevel labyrinth…

6. Magazia Beach

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Magazia's lengthy brown-sand beach is the island's most popular, with clear water, a good few restaurants and beach bars, a smattering of sunbeds, and…

7. Molos Beach

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Blending into the northern end of Magazia, Molos' grey-brown sand-and-pebble beach stretches past a small harbour to a rugged headland (once a quarry),…

8. Agios Nikolaos

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A huge rectangular free-standing rock forms the sacred space of Agios Nikolaos, at the northern end of Molos in what was a quarry in ancient times. A…