Monday, 26 February 2018

Fancy a trip to ...

Skyros ...

 I certainly do ...
Source: Skyros - Greece from TreeZone on Vimeo.

Skyros (Greek: Σκύρος) is the southernmost Greek island of Sporades' island complex in the Aegean Sea. At 209 square kilometres, it is the largest one of Sporades, and has a population of about 3,000. 

The largest part of Skyros is mountainous, with two distinct mountain ranges in the northern and southern parts. Among them there is semi lowland and semi hilly area, which is north-to- south direction, between the northern eastern and southern coasts of the island. The northern part is covered with dense pine forest. 

According to Greek mythology, Theseus died on Skyros when he was thrown from a cliff. Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, was from Skyros. In 475 BC,according to Thucydides, Cimon defeated the Dolopians (the original inhabitants) and conquered the entire island. From that date, it was colonized by Athenian settlers and became a part of the Athenian Empire. Around the 2nd millennium BC the island was known as The Island of the Magnetes where the Magnetes used to live and later Pelasgia and Dolopia and later Skyros.

Rupert Brooke, the famous English poet, is buried on Skyros, having died on board a French hospital ship moored off the island in 1915, during World War I. The island has its own breed of Skyrian ponies. 

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