Meet the Skyrian horses

Discover the captivating efforts of a non-profit dedicated to preserving the endangered Skyrian horse, an emblem of Skyros's heritage, supported by Mastercard®. Learn about their cultural significance and the conservation efforts dedicated to protecting them while enjoying the scenic landscapes of Skyros.

Experience the tranquility of a sunrise morning during your 2024 holiday in Greece as you stroll along Achilli beach, accompanied by the graceful Skyrian horses. Feel the warmth of the Greek sun on your skin and perhaps even take a gentle ride along the shore. This unique blend of nature, culture, and conservation promises an unforgettable adventure for all participants.

Equine Serenity

Guide your horse along the scenic route to Achilli beach, where you'll immerse yourself in their world while enjoying the warmth of the Greek sun. For those inclined, there's even the option to ride these graceful creatures inside the sea, creating memories to last a lifetime.

The Skyrian horse, a rare ancient Greek breed, thrives exclusively on Skyros Island, with just 190 individuals on the island and 300 worldwide. Despite their small stature of about 1.10 meters, they possess horse-like features, not pony-like, with long, thick manes. Known for their gentle nature, they are ideal for interaction, especially with children and therapeutic sessions. These horses have deep cultural and historical significance, playing vital roles in Skyros's heritage and economy for generations.

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Skyrian horses as you embark on this unforgettable adventure filled with wonder and connection. Join us in preserving the legacy of these endangered beings and experience the magic of Skyros's rich cultural heritage firsthand.

The highlights

  • Exclusively offered to Mastercard® cardholders 
  • Family-friendly experience offering the option to ride Skyrian horses in the sea, a first-time opportunity beyond traditional on-land rides for children
  • Engage with the endangered Skyrian horse breed in a new and immersive way, creating unforgettable memories for participants of all ages

The location

Skyros, nestled in the Aegean Sea, has a rich cultural heritage and a strong focus on sustainability. As a haven for the endangered Skyrian horse, the island prioritizes conservation efforts to protect its unique biodiversity. Sustainable practices are integral to its identity, fostering harmony between nature and the community. From eco-friendly initiatives to cultural preservation projects, Skyros exemplifies a dedication to preserving its natural beauty for generations to come.

The details

  • Meeting & Ending Point: Skyrian Horses (Mouries Farm), Kokhilas, Skiros, 34007
  • Don't forget your essentials: Sunscreen, hat, swimwear, sportswear and sports shoes
  • Minimum age requirement: 10 years old
  • Available languages: English, Greek 
  • Included: Guide, Entrance fee, Bottled water
  • Not included: Gratuities, drinks/beverages not listed above, transportation to the meeting point

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