Sporades

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The green landscape and dozens of golden beaches are what make Skiathos attractive and popular. Skiathos has an area of about 32 square miles, a coastline 30 miles long, and about 5,100 permanent inhabitants. The main town and port, also called Skiathos, has resisted most of the levelling effects of mass tourism and has preserved a certain picturesqueness. There is a pine-covered peninsula at the entrance to the port, a wetlands father inland and the ruins of a Venetian castle. On the island proper, there is Kanapitsa, a green community blessed with good beaches and very popular. At Koukounaries the pine trees come right down to the water’s edge.

8 Blue Flag Beaches: Koukounaries, Kanapitsa, Megali Ammos, Achladies, Troulos, Vromolimnos, Ag. Paraskevi/Platanias, Vassilias

Skiathos Town
The city of Skiathos is the only built-up area of the island. It is built on the southeastern tip of the island in a windless bay which separates the island of Bourtzi in two.
It is a relatively new settlement, built in 1829 – 1830 on the site of the ancient city, on two hills situated at the edge of the sea. The ancient settlement was built in 800 BC.
The large natural port of the modern city is ideal in shape and in location. This has been a basic element in regulating the life on the island both in the old and in the modern times.

Bourtzi
Bourtzi is a small peninsula which separates the port of Skiathos in two. In the past it was a fort, which was established by the Gizi brothers who occupied Skiathos in 1207. It was surrounded by walls battlements and embrasures and on the left and right of the gate there were two round towers. Nowadays, Bourtzi is really a rare recreation place. It is full of pine trees, always with fresh, cool air and with a magnificent view. There are few ruins of the old fort and we can see, on the left and right of the street leading to the entrance of the old school, the sites of the church of Agios Georgios and of the fort tank.

Castle
Around the middle of the 14th century, because of the continuous pirate raids, the people of Skiathos were forced to set up their city in Kastro, a peninsula on the northern part of the Island, which was a natural fortress.
Communication between the fortress and the land was done by means of a wooden mobile bridge, which joined the fortress gate with the hill that faced it. In case of emergency it was pulled towards the inside part of Kastro and as a result it did not allow enemies to enter.. There are also two tanks and the cannon of Anagia which have been saved. Definitely Kastro is the most important site of Skiathos, since it combines the wild and imposing natural beauty with history. Together they narrate other times in a melancholy way, through the ruins.

Useful Info
Municipality of Skiathos: +30 24270 23713
Police: +30 24270 21111
Tourist Police: +30 24270 21172
Port Authority: +30 24270 22017
Health Centre: +30 24270 22222
Airport: +30 24270 22049
Hotel Association of Skiathos: +30 24270 23375
Association of Rentable Rooms Proprietors: +30 24270 22990

Official website: www.skiathos.gr

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Alonissos has an area of 64 sqare kilometres, a coastline 64 kilometres long, and a population of about 3,000. The island is famous for its marine park, the first ever in Greece, which hosts rare and endangered animal species. This is just a part of its strong nature appeal, ideal for those who seek a quiet holiday in an unspoiled natural environment. Hora, the old capital of the island, is built on a hill 20 minutes’ drive from the port. Patitiri, the new capital and port of the island, is a listed town that has become very popular with tourists lately. There are also Votsi, a new settlement with lush greenery and sandy beaches, and Steni Vala, a popular yacht anchorage that offers boating access to the surrounding islets.

Activities
From patitiri, which is the center of the island, with caiques or by foot through beautiful paths, you will arrive at the most magnificent beaches, such as:

Mourtias: South and close to Patitiri,overlooked by the old town, is covered with flat stones,crystal clear water,with several tavernas on the beach.
Vithisma: A small lovely bay,little visited, with big and small stones and black sand.
Marpunta: A very gorgeous beach covered with sand, to the North of the island.
Rousoum: Near Patitiri, this beach is covered with stony sand.There are several traditional tavernas along the beach.
Votsi: The harbour of Votsi is very traditional and charming, with small fishing boats and romantic tavernas.
Milia: A beach with blue crystal clear waters.
Chrisi Milia: A long and sand beach, ideal for children since there is a sandy bottom for some distance out.
Tzortzi Yialos: A beach with her own special color.
Agios Dimitrios: Perhaps one of the best beaches on the island,with a spectacular view.
Yialia and Vrisitsa: Both are very beautiful, consisting of flat stones and black sand.
Megali Ammos and Agalou Lakka: Small virgin beaches, facing the west coast of Alonissos, very ideal for the nature lovers.
There are other numerous beaches that can be reached by small boat, car, bike or on foot.

Useful Info
Municipality of Alonissos: +30 24240 65555
Port Authority: +30 24240 65595
Police: +30 24240 65205
Association of Rentable Rooms Proprietors: +30 24240 65573
Alonissos Hotel Association: +30 24240 65219, +30 24240 65424.

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Skyros is rather remote from the other Sporades, yet it’s a stunningly traditional place, consisting of a cluster of white houses and churches clinging to a great rock rearing out of the sea. Skyros is famous for its Aegean furniture style and its unique breed of pony. Place to stay and see the sights are Hora (or Horio), Linaria, Magazia and Molos.

The Archaeological Museum of Skyros
The Archaeological Museum in the town of Chora, houses a wonderful selection of artefacts and findings from all around Skyros, including a range of pottery from various periods, as well as findings from the site of Palamari.

Manos Faltaits Museum – Skyros
The Manos Faltaits Museum is one of the most unique and impressive tradition and folklore museums that you will ever visit. There are a huge variety of exhibits on display including manuscripts, decorations and costumes.

The Ancient Site of Palamari – Skyros
The site of Ancient Palamari, located to the northwest of the town of Chora, is a very impressive site. With the current excavations taking place, more and more is being learnt about this very important ancient site.

Beaches
Skyros is home to a wonderful selection of beaches, spread out around the northern half of the island.
The coastal resorts of Molos and Magazia, located below the town of Chora are one of the largest and most popular beaches on Skyros. The crescent shaped beach stretches a great distance, and here you will find golden sand and the crystal blue waters of the Aegean, lapping gently onto the beach.
The beautiful beaches of Skyros each have their own unique charm and beauty. Close to some of them you will find cafe bars or accommodation. Others are much more isolated, and offer nothing more than a perfect setting, in which to enjoy your time on the island.

Useful Info
Municipality of Skyros: +30 22220 91206, +30 22220 91929
Police: +30 22220 91274
Port Authority: +30 22220 93475
Kymi Port Authority: +30 22220 22606
Airport: +30 22220 91625
Skyros Shipping Company: +30 22220 91789
Flying Dolphins: +30 22220 91123
Archaeological Museum: +30 22220 91327
Folk Museum: +30 22220 91232
Traditional Residence of Skyros: +30 22220 91206.

SkopelosAs its nickname implies, Skopelos is rich in vineyards. That, and acres upon acres of pine-clad peaks, fruit trees and olive groves. There are also plenty of sandy beaches in inlets around the island, outlying islets, churches and monasteries and a surprise around every bend in the road. Skopelos has an area of 60 square miles, a coastline 43 miles long and a permanent population of about 4,700. The main town and port, also called Skopelos, nestles in a fold of the sea crags. Terraces of two storey and three-storey traditional houses with flowerpot-filled doorsteps and balconies, and many churches, all built on uphill alleys, lead to the citadel of ancient Peparithos. Here are the ruins of a castle and a spectacular view of the sea. All the communities on Skopelos are listed, and hence immune from modern ravages. A tour along the main road leads one to Agnondas, Stafylos, Panormos, Glossa, Klima and the amazing Loutraki on the northern tip of the island with stunning views of Skiathos and the surrounding sea.

Museums
Situated in a traditional building, donated to the Municipality of Skopelos by the Nickolaides family, the Museum of Folk Art is exhibiting some of the finest handiwork made during the latter part of the 19th and through most of the 20th centuries. The centrepiece of the museum is the collection of valuable 19th and early 20th century embroidered cloths, traditional costumes, weaving and decorative pieces. The Folklore Museum of Skopelos is a non-pompous and discreet look at the role and economy of three areas of handiwork practiced in Skopelos: that is, embroidery, weaving, and handicraft work – especially ceramics, works of woodcarvings, knives, agricultural tools and folk art paintings.

Beaches
There is a variety of beaches and coves with crystal clear waters. Sandy or shingle, secluded or much frequented, for nudists or not, with waterside traditional taverns or canteens, for snorkelling, underwater fishing or just swimming, with sun beds, umbrellas and sea sports, or just the sun and you.
They are easy to reach by buses and taxis, by private vehicles (cars and mopeds, by boats and caiques or on foot.
The bus stop and the taxi rank are both at the quayside and from here you can journey out to the beach of your choice.
The local bus service is pretty good, with busses running regularly, according to the time table which you will find there.
Also available for hire are runabout boats from Panormos beach, equipped with outboard motors, ideal for exploring a long coastline, not readily accessible on foot, where are some beautiful, deserted coves; even the inhabited islet of Saint George, tucked in between Skopelos and Alonnissos.
There is no more peaceful way of spending a day, than by taking a picnic lunch to your own private beach and share it with the seagulls.

Useful Info
Municipality of Skopelos: +30 24240 22205, +30 24240 23323
Medical Centre: +30 24240 22222, +30 24240 22739
Police: +30 24240 22235, +30 24240 22988
Port Authority: +30 24240 22180
Port of Glossa: +30 24240 33033
Association of Rentable Rooms Proprietors: +30 24240 24567.

Sources: www.skiathos.gr, www.alonissos.gr, www.klimaholidays.gr, www.skyros.gr, www.skopelos.net