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Skiros
To the SE of Alonnisos and quite apart from the other Sporades, Skiros is one of the most unusual islands in Greece. It is almost cut in two, with the northern part fertile and cultivated, whereas the southern half is mountainous. The main town of Skiros is nearer to the Cyclades architecture, as the houses are white and flatroofed, forming a mosaic climbing a steep hillside and rising to the walls of a Byzantine castle. Skiros is renowned for its folk art - woodwork and embroidery - as unusual as the island itself. Steep rocky cliffs dropping to the sea, forming sea caves at parts, wild ponies roaming free, tiny secluded beaches and works of art come to life: the villages of Skiros.