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Skyros - Stepping Out of Time

Kate Daniels give you a glimpse of the secret that is Skyros.

It is 2.30 in the afternoon. I am having a late lunch outside a bar in Linaria – the tiny port of Skyros. I am alone. A beautiful and gracious young waiter has brought me my meal and he has disappeared.  I have cut a lemon and squeezed the juice over my fish. Tomatoes soak plump and shiny in olive oil.  

Everything has closed for the afternoon. Nothing stirs. The square is gleaming white in the sunshine. The sea shimmers. The stillness is almost palpable. If I reach out I can touch it, but I don’t want to move; my breath will unsettle the air. If I close my eyes I can perhaps click a shutter and capture this peace...

Far away, somewhere, I know there is drama and crisis. Somewhere I know it feels as though the world has gone mad. The centre cannot hold...Not here. Here it feels safe. This ancient island is enduring and timeless.

Day follows day in a happy routine indifferent to the blustering of the world.

Tomorrow old Stamatis will lead his donkey to the olive grove. Elderly ladies in black skirts will sweep and wash their steps as they do every morning while the kittens chase soapy bubbles among the cobbles of the lanes. 

Vasso will emerge from the kitchen with great platters of food which we will devour, gossiping idly in the shade of the grapevine.

In the evening, we will sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and watch the sun settle over the hills. Christos will open his bar to serve glasses of golden Greek liqueur and we will dance under the stars.

The slow, gentle rhythm of life on Skyros Island will continue and I, who have travelled from the chaos of a London airport, will step gradually to its pace.

So too my fellow travellers, those Skyros Centre participants who have come here to shed the demands of their worlds beyond the Aegean, to play and learn, swim and lie in the sun, laugh, relax and make friends. Feel nurtured. 


Skyros island is such a place of tranquillity and healing in the midst of all the raging storms around us. Come and see.


Find out more about these creative, wellbeing retreats ...

The Skyros Centre in the village is the original home of Skyros holidays and provides adult-only creative, wellness holidays throughout the summer.

Join courses in writing, life coaching, art, yoga and music and meet like-minded people in these stunning surroundings.

To find out more about all of our centres and courses visit

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