The Skyros archipelago comprises by more than 20 small isles and islets.North of Skyros, facing the airport, the volcanic “Podies” islets complex is found decorated by 7-8 black pebble beaches thus constituting a unique environment.
Skyropoula isle on the west side of Skyros is covered by cedar trees as wel as the near by smaller Rhenia. The sword-shaped Valaxa isle before the Linaria port has been renown since Homeric era as a reach lamb and goat feeding place. Sarakino is worth visiting for its “golden” sand beach. Diavati islet is the home of scientifically known podarcis gaegae that is a sort of a world unique gigantic lizard that is being under regular observation by teems from the universities of Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Athens. The islet’s extraordinary natural environment is the home of herbs like Κρίταμο-Κάπαρη-μολόχες-Ραδίκια πικρά-πράσα which too show a trend of gigantism.
Skyros has 27 capes 28 coves and 16 sea caves.North coast sea waters are swallower and warmer compared tothose of the Southern side of Skyros. The lace-like 56 n.miles-long coastal zone of the island is bein shapedby a extensive variety of stone layers and land formations. At the northerpart of the island sundy beachesprevail along with rather fragile terra-colour land formations.The western part, on limestone formations is covered by pine tree woods and decorated by pebble small coves
and beaches.The southern half of the island resembles the Cycladic islands, mainly due to the scarce vegetation, containingamong others thyme and oreganon bushes etc. The coastline there is “sculptured” by southern winds and seawaves and the dramatically vertical tall rocks are inhabited by colonies of black falcons ( Falco Eleonorae).
Out of the Skyros 74 beaches only 24 are accessible via inland road network, namely; Vina, Molos Magazia,Tou Papa To Chouma, Lino,Kolimpada, Sklouka, Kaladi, Acherounes, Pefkos, Aghios Fokas, Petritsa, Atsitsa,Kira Panaghia, Aghios Petros, Markesi, Palamari, Polixri, Kareflou, Gyrismata. The rest may be reached eitherby boat or well organized trekking expeditions.