The Island of Skyros - Sailing

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Central Greece,
Thursday, October 14, 2010

From Kimi sailing to Skyros

I am so excited about our trip to Skyros, an island so very near where we live.

This is the 4th time I visit it but no matter how many times I come here I like it more and more. Every time I discover something else.

The residents of the island are mostly fishermen, stock- breeders and apiculturists.    Lobster is one of the species that abide in the seas of Skyros. Many of my friends are crazy about a popular dish on this island and that is lobster and pasta, but it is really expensive and besides if I had all that money I would not spend it on Pasta.  I would buy of course a lobster or two, and either have it boiled or grilled and enjoy just this simple dish with some fine wine! In Greek it is called –astakomakaronada. What a long word I have to admit! (Astako means lobster and makaronada is pasta).

Skyros is inhabited by approximately 3.000 residents. It has a 23 mile distance from the island of Evia, and since we live in Evia we have to catch the 5 pm ferry today.

I hate packing as usual, but the thought of spending 3 days on this beautiful island and since Kimi is just an hour from where we live makes things easier for me.

Usually I hate ferries and I plan to work on my laptop while sailing towards the island. I have much work to do, but to my bad luck I find out that I have no internet connection. The fact that the trip is just an hour and 45 minutes though comforts me. (Count 2 hours till you finish with disembarkation).

Most of the passengers are on the first floor, and there is much noise so we get to the upper floor. Our tickets though are not business class so we cannot enter the upper Café… if I want to buy anything! I just want a quiet place to enjoy the trip, and the barman suggests that we go to the opposite room which seems very comfortable and there are just 3 couples. "Wonderful I thought"…..but alas!

3 of the 5 people are anxiously waiting to watch a series on TV. My goodness! How stupid can people get when they are so addictive on these stupid series. I have about 15 minutes of silence and ….oh my God!  The moment this stupid series starts one of the girls takes the TV control and …..I need earplugs! I just watch them at first and then I ask her to lower the volume.  I keep staring the reaching of the people watching, watch their eyes and movements and I want to bust out laughing loudly. The climax of stupidity!!

Time flies, and in 5 minutes we have to disembark. We all leave the room but one of the girls tells her fiancé that she will disembark last! She won't miss a second.
I am happy that we are not acquainted with such stupid people.

We get in the car, call the owner of the hotel who is expecting us and in just 3 minutes we arrive to the resort.  I wanted a hotel with the Skyrian style of architecture both inside and outside in its full.   The buildings in Skyros are very simple, all white, but what makes them different is the inside architecture and furnishings.

The resort is just 30 metres from the beautiful coast of Acherounes, and this bay is always calm, protected from the strong winds. 

Have a look of the estate here:

The owner and creator of this small paradise Mr. Lefteris Trakos has worked miracles here. His passion is obvious through the whole estate. I was impressed in every step I had. Details that make every corner in the premises, unique.

It is already quite late so we leave the estate and head towards the capital for a light dinner. At the restaurant we make plans for a round trip of Skyros first thing in the morning, and I cannot wait for this.
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Liz on

Thanks for sharing this with us Popi. Very nice pictures. I wud love to go there as well. Will you facilitate Popi?

laorfamily on

What a wonderful trip

travelmonster on

Couldn't agree more about the TV Popi - being someone who doesn't watch TV, I always find it hard to understand how some people seem so addicted to it. Even worse when it's to the detriment of their surroundings on such a trip!

Bella on

I am realy very impressed about the work Lefteris Trakos has done in the past 30 years. He is a very dear person and I am happy that I had the opportunity to meet him many years ago. Well done Lefteris Trakos ! Bella

greekcypriot on

Hi Bella, Yes Mr. Trakkos is an amazing person full of talent and love for what he is doing. His beautiful hotel is like a small paradise. You should return to Skyros for sure, and swim again in the beautiful coast of Acherounes. It is a friendly hotel with stye and much love and dedication from Lefteris.

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