Chora, the Capital of Skyros
Trip Start May 08, 2010
39Trip End Jan 23, 2011
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We come to the capital of Skyros called Chora. I can't wait to walk through its maze of steep and narrow streets where no cars can pass.
Cars can reach as far as the central square, and from this point on, the road leads to the narrow lanes and the capital’s neighbourhoods. Parking is a problem but we are lucky to park our car not very far from the taxi square.
The capital lies on the east side of the narrow waist of Skyros that divides the island to the north and south.
On top of the hill it is the Castle, - a Byzantine fortress with some Venetian trimmings built over an ancient acropolis
The Cycladic-style cube houses stacked on top of each other to the summit of the hill give some panoramic views from the round area. In the very centre of the capital and through the main street there are many nice restaurants, café bars, souvenir shops that lead to an open square overlooking the sea.
I come to the other end and the view is fantastic! It is the long beach of Molos and Magazia and it is just 5 steps from here to get to the two Museums of the island. I am visiting the museums tomorrow!
I want to get lost in these narrow alleys, and every step forward is a new surprise
I continue walking and stop when I see a very old lady watering her plants. I greet her and she responds with a smile.
“Can I have a picture of you? I ask, and she replies.
“Why would you want to take a picture of a very old woman my daughter!”
I answere back saying …”why not?”
Right that moment she cuts a red hibiscus flower and hands it to me telling me that she is 95 years old and she wishes me to come to her age and live even longer, and enjoy a healthy life!!
I thank her and move on.
This wish has changed my whole mood today
Skyrian people are very religious and every some metres I come across a church or a small chapel. Small gardens, many cats, even horses!
I notice that people still leave their keys hanging on their entrance doors, and in the street I have seen some cars parked with half open windows.
Local girls are very trendy, but what I like more is the fact that the people here feel obligated to protect this picturesque and naturally gifted piece of land. They keep their customs and traditions. The island managed to preserve its history, and culture as well as its inexhaustible natural beauties throughout the centuries.
I am not writing anything else, just sit comfortable and let the (TripWow) of TripAdvisor do the tour for you with slides
Relax and just watch…..
I am inviting you to come with me and get to know Chora, the capital of this beautiful island.
Come along you will surely enjoy this tour!