Skyros Island and surrounding islets

The area includes the western part of Skyros and the surrounding islets. This is a particularly interesting area with a variety of vegetation and habitats. The part of the area located on the island of Skyros is covered by pine forests, scrub and brushwood. The islets are covered either by wild junipers or shrubby vegetation. The surrounding sea area is a very rich fishing spot and this favors the presence of large populations of seabirds.

The area also includes the mountain Kohylas, located in the southeastern part of the island. It is a steep and inaccessible mountain with steep high coastal cliffs, very valuable in terms of biodiversity, with many endemic plant species and an endemic species of lizard. The area is a key habitat for the local breed of the Skyrian horse, and hosts one of the largest colonies of Eleonora’s falcon in Greece and the world.

About 1000 pairs of Eleonora’s falcon nest in the region.

The area is part of the Natura 2000 network (GR2420006, GR2420009).