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Skyros Island Horse Trust

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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 Amanda Simpson and Stathis Katsarelias. It was born in 2006 with just three horses, but now hosts a herd of 36 and continues to spotlight the plight of the species, with a focus on education, welfare and horse psychology. Visitors are welcome by appointment (donations accepted) and there are opportunities for volunteers.

To get here, turn off the main Skyros Town–airport road at the handpainted sign and fairground horse 9.5km northwest of Skyros Town; it's 600m further north.

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1. Palamari

0.97 MILES

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…

2. Agios Petros Beach

2.15 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

2.48 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


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

5. Manos & Anastasia Faltaïts Museum

4.57 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…

6. Archaeological Museum


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

7. Magazia Beach

4.62 MILES

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…

8. Agios Nikolaos

4.63 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…