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47km (25 nautical miles) from Kimi; 182km (113 miles) from Athens

Fairly remote Skyros hardly seems a part of the Sporades group, especially as its landscape and architecture are more Cycladic. But it has several excellent beaches, as well as a colorful local culture, and it remains the perfect destination for those who want to get away from the crowds. Some of us, in fact, think Skyros's more meager tourist facilities and the stark contrast between the sea, sky, and rugged terrain make it all the more inviting. Also it can be the base for a day's excursion to Alinossos, the fourth of the Sporades, less popular than the other three but that much more natural.