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Skiathos
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Prefecture: Magnesia
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Skiathos


This evergreen island is a sample of natural beauty with trees flooding it, contributing decisively on the strengthening of its beauty. For its name many things are said. The trustworthiest "verdict", seems to be the one that is related with the shade that the forest created and that still exists on the island. With a very healthy climate, it is a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors that choose this island for their summer holidays, and not only for that. There are quite a lot that visit the island on less busy months. Whichever season one decides to visit this island one thing is for sure, he will be fascinated. Its indented beaches, the wealth of its vegetation, the hospitality of its inhabitants and the developed touristic infrastructure, have made it famous worldwide. The accessibility to the island has become very easy, since all the forms of transportation have in their schedule either flights or sea line with ferryboats and speed boats. In both instances the travel time has been deducted a lot and varies from 40 min. with the airplane from Athens and 3.30 hours by boat from Agios Konstantinos. The reasons that Skiathos has become so famous are many. One of which is "Chora" the capital of the island. Its idyllic landscape is the first thing that you come across when you first sight the island and the last when departing it. It is built amphitheatrically and it decorates the evergreen hill with its white houses and its red rooftops. The narrow alleys with their painted with asvestus plaques, drive you to magical sights and to corners where the islanders with the sunburned faces play the leading role. In this boundless beauty island, you have the chance to journey in the past by visiting the ancient city, with the wall from the 4th century, but also the incredible in beauty Bourtzi. The ruins of the fortress will journey you to long past ages. There you will see the monument of the "Saint" as he is characterized in the Greek literature, Alexandros Papadiamantis, and if you want to see the place where he lived and worked, all you need to do is to visit his house, which is situated in the center of town. Simple and vast is the view that is offered to the visitors from the fortress. Its present remains, used to once upon a time, stand imposingly and act as a shelter for the inhabitants of the island during the time of the Turkish reign. The monasteries and churches acted as fortresses, which preserved the religious identity of the Greeks. You can view some of the most important ones that have been saved in quite a good condition and you will be able to admire the fantastic way they constructed their icons. Some of these are the Monastery of Evangelismos of the Theotokos, the Monastery of Panagia Kounistras and that of Panagia of Kechria. And when the time comes for you to explore the magnificence of nature, the provisions you need are your swimsuit and your high spirit and follow the roads of coolness. There are many and promise to do everything to satisfy you. From the vast beach of Megalos Gialos, to the serene waters of Megali Ammos and the golden sandy beach of Kanapitsa, all the beaches at Skiathos are unique.

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