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Holiday Activities

skills, inspiration, passion

Art Holidays

Skyros offers art courses at both centres in Greece - Atsitsa Bay and The Skyros Centre and Skyros HQ, The Grange by the Sea in the UK. 

God may or may not be beauty and creativity, but Skyros island definitely is! You can see in the beautiful Atsitsa Bay where more than three thousand years ago Odysseus landed to take young Achilles to the long Trojan war! 

Inspired by the breathing of the pine trees, the whispers of the nocturnal sea or the memories of rocks blessed with the wisdom of so many generations, people embark on a serene, inspirational journey that takes them beyond the boundaries of their imagination. The beautiful images they create, with help from our facilitators, through their unexplored inner landscapes make them proud of a creativity some never suspected they possess! 

Courses in painting & sketching, watercolours, mosaics, photography and more are open to both beginners and those who would like to develop their skills further. They are facilitated by our highly qualified professional teachers who offer support both within the group and individually. 

And all this within a community of very friendly people, united by the universal language of the heart and ready to share experiences, views and ideas. It is like a dream come true.

At the Skyros Centre, the village offers a visual environment of inspiring beauty and a huge variety of subject matter to explore, from expansive panoramas of sea and sky to intimate winding lanes and courtyards.

Art courses materials are provided, but participants may want to bring with them sketchbooks, pencils and a sharpener, mixing palette, brushes, their preferred paints, canvases or paper and their digital camera. Do not forget an old shirt or apron plus sturdy shoes, hat and plenty of suntan lotion!

‘The best arts and crafts holidays. For creative courses abroad, consider one of the centres offered by Skyros.’ Sophie Butler, The Telegraph

Sun 16 Jun - Sat 29 Jun 2024 (13 nights)

At a glance

Atsitsa Bay is a holistic holiday centre set in a stunning, natural location, right on the bay and surrounded by pine forest. With a wide range of courses and activities and an outstanding team of facilitators, it's the perfect place to be inspired and try something new. Ari Badaines is directing this fortnight in Atsitsa.

Find out more about the courses and activities during this fortnight below in What's On.

About

Skyros attracts mostly solo travellers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented approximately 70% are between 35-65. A huge majority - over 80 percent - report that the Skyros holiday experience had a lasting positive effect on their lives. Nearly a third of guests come back again and again - even after they have said that Skyros was the 'holiday of a lifetime'.

Accommodation

Most people choose to live simply and comfortably in twin-shared rustic huts in the gardens. Or stay in Atsitsa's main house, subject to availability. See more about accommodation in Atsitsa here >>

Inspiring Courses

Courses and activities are introduced to you at the beginning of each week. Choose your favourites from a wide range including yoga, writing, art, kayaking, windsurfing, personal development, singing, comedy and more.

Food & Drink

All meals are included and served as a buffet. Special diets are always catered for. Teas and coffees are available throughout the day. Other drinks and snacks can be purchased at Atsitsa's bar.

Guide Itinerary

07.15: Morning drop-in classes
08.30: Breakfast
09.00: Demos (news of the day)
10.30: Oekos (home groups)
11.15: Mid-morning courses
13.30: Lunch
15.00: Siesta/beach time
17.00: Afternoon courses
19.00: Sunset classes
20.00: Dinner & evening activities

Average Temperature

July and August are the hottest months in Skyros with temperatures averaging around 30 degrees Celcius. Light showers are possible but rare.

Location

Summary

Cost
£1,775.00
Location
Atsitsa Bay, Greece

What's included?

  • More than three courses per day over four to five days each week
  • An unrivalled and vibrant community atmosphere
  • Fun evening activities and events
  • Three delicious Mediterranean meals each day
  • Twin shared rustic accommodation in Atsitsa's gardens

What's On

Travel

OUTBOUND
Book your international flight to arrive into Athens on the day before the holiday begins, ie Saturday 15 June. Or arrive on Sunday 16 June if you will be in time for the domestic flight - see below. Spend Saturday night with us at our transfer hotel, The Dorian Inn, or alternatively book your own accommodation in Athens.

Our courtesy coach to the Dorian Inn Hotel (which depends on sufficient numbers arriving at a similar time) will leave Athens airport on Saturday promptly at [TBC]. Alternatively, take a taxi or the Metro if your flight is arriving much earlier or after this time. (Dorian Inn Hotel, Pireos 15-19, Athens 105 52, nearest metro = Omonia)

1) Internal flight from Athens to Skyros
Book the Aegean flight departing Athens (ATH) for Skyros island (SKU) at 14:35 on Sunday 16 June, arriving into Skyros island at 15:15. See aegeanair.com. Best to book this return f
light before your international flights.

2) Overland transfer by coach and ferry
If the internal flight becomes fully booked, our overland transfer will leave the Dorian Inn Hotel at [TBC] and arrive into Kymi at [TBC] to connect with the ferry to Skyros island. Timings dependent on ferry timings.

RETURN

1) Internal flight from Skyros to Athens
Stay with us for an extra night on the Saturday 29 June. Book the Aegean flight departing Skyros island (SKU) for Athens (ATH) at 15:35 on Sunday 30 June, arriving into Athens at 16:20. See aegeanair.com. This means you can take any flight home after 18:20. 

2) Overland transfer by coach and ferry
If the internal flight becomes fully booked, our overland transfer will leave at [TBC] for the transfer back to Athens airport on Saturday (dependent on ferry timings). Book your international flight home for after [TBC] on Saturday 29 June. Timings dependent on ferry timings.

There are several ways to get in touch, and we'd love to hear from you…

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566

Email: holidays@skyros.com

Or Chat to us online using the link in the corner or your screen

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