Skyros might be the least popular of the Sporades islands, but it is one of the most beautiful ones! Chora, the main town of Skyros, is one of the most picturesque settlements of the island and is located on the eastern side of the island. On a hill above Chora sits the imposing Byzantine castle and the monastery of Saint George, one of the most important landmarks of Skyros. The Skyrian horse (Equus Cabalus Skyriano) is a special Greek horse race. It is considered a descendant of the horses of Achilles, who he used in the Trojan war. This durable breed is pictured on the Parthenon frieze. Their characteristic feature is their small height of just 110 cm. The Skyros horse belongs to most rare horse breeds in the world and lives only in Skyros! Until today Skyrians are struggling to eliminate the risk of the Skyrian horse extinction. The north part is dominated by lush pine forests and green landscapes while the southern part has a wild yet compelling beauty.
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