At the northeast end of the island, the fascinating Palamari Bronze Age excavation dates from between 2500 BC and 1650 BC. Paths weave through what was once a powerfully fortified prehistoric coastal settlement near the heart of early Mediterranean trade routes. The visitor centre provides an excellent introduction, and you can see more findings at Skyros Town's Archaeological Museum. The site is signposted down a dirt track off the main Skyros Town–airport road, 8.5km northwest of Skyros Town.

Work began in 1981, unearthing artefacts relating to fishing and hunting, stone walls, even drainpipes and paved walkways. Next to the archaeological dig is a graceful stretch of sandy beach, whose wetland was originally an alluvial lagoon that supported this fishing and hunting community; today it's an important birdwatching spot, notable for long-legged waders including herons and ibises.

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Nearby Skyros attractions

1. Skyros Island Horse Trust

0.97 MILES

At the forefront of efforts to protect the endangered Skyrian horse, this inspiring ranch, 10km northwest of Skyros Town in Trachi, is the brainchild of…

2. Agios Petros Beach

2.18 MILES

Pines trickle down to a sandy goldish dune almost on the northern tip of the island at Agios Petros; you can feast on home-grown produce at Taverna Agios…

3. Kyra Panagia Beach

3.31 MILES

Pines border this sandy gold beach with a smattering of sunbeds, 2km north of Atsitsa on the northwest coast, where you'll find excellent bar-restaurant…

4. Atsitsa Beach

4.64 MILES

A sheltered pebble-and-blonde-sand beach on the northwest coast, 1km southwest of Atsista village and fringed by pine-covered headlands.

5. Agios Nikolaos

4.79 MILES

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…

6. Molos Beach

4.96 MILES

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),…

7. Manos & Anastasia Faltaïts Museum

4.99 MILES

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…

8. Magazia Beach


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…