SKYROS -Round Trip Excursion

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

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


Amazing….! The weather is great and we are on our way to explore the island just after our breakfast.

To be honest seeing the beautiful calm bay I want to go swimming but I believe I have to keep that for tomorrow. "There is no time for swimming if we want to go round the island" Yianni said.

Just a few kms from Cherounes bay where we stay, we turn left taking the road leading to Pefkos. Much greenery and many pine trees that reach down the coast. Pefkos means Pine in Greece, so this is how it has got its name.

Four or five years back when we visited the island we reached as much as Pefkos.  Every now and then I ask Yianni to make a stop for pictures and I truly believe that he loves me very much to do this for me.  Other men would have got angry and just go on ignoring such requests. He is patient and shows understanding with my crazy demands, and this is one of the things I appreciate in him.


The view is awesome and I get some very beautiful photos from down the bay of Pefkos with the fishing boats, and the same bay from the mountains. The view is panoramic, the waters so calm, and the combination of colours breathtaking!

The island is separated into two parts that present a completely dissimilar natural look. This is the western part we are now driving through, and I think it is the most beautiful.


Leaving behind the beautiful breathtaking view of Pefkos we come to the small chapel of St. Panteleimonas. We make a stop here. There are wooden tables and seats scattered around and it seems that people come here for a picnic. The view down the coast is awesome! Yianni remains in the car and waits for me to finish with my photos. I enter the picturesque chapel and I make a little prayer.

A few miles further before reaching Aghios Fokas the scenery changes completely. Instead of lush vegetation that used to be here some years ago, we face burnt extent of ground for many kilometres. Years back this place should have been an earthly paradise but now the only thing you see are the burnt huge pine trees, many trunks piled up and scattered on the ground. You only hear the sound of saws, and men working, scattered throughout the mountains piling and sewing the trunks. No sound of birds, - the only sign of life are the small bushes that timidly begin to spring up trying to give life once again to the whole area. This is encouraging but it will take really long for trees to grow here!

It is so shameful! So disappointing!  The disastrous fire burnt completely most of the beautiful pine forest.


We come to the little chapel of St. Minas, but even though I see a sign informing people that it is a private piece of land I walk pass it and enter the field where the small chapel is built.  I am just a little scared though that a dog might show and for sure I would not want this to happen. I can hear many dogs barking from the houses a bit further down the bay…probably because they have seen me walking here.


Leaving behind the burnt forest and for about 15 to 20 minutes of driving, just 18.5 kms from the capital we come to Atsitsa, our next destination and one of the most beautiful hamlets on the island. Nature thrives here !  Atsitsa has got its name from the small islet located very close to the coast.  Here you can feel the peace and tranquillity. Lush vegetation stretches down the blue sea. The old stone built facilities from the mines that used to operate here years ago can be seen from a distance, but as we approach the coast, the view is becoming more and more beautiful!

It is here I want to come and spend some days on my next visit.

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tony55 on

u are spending a lot of time in doing this



venoth on

Its sad to hear about the deforestation. Someone should step in and put a stop to it. Nature must be preserved. Just look at the rest of the place, such beauty.

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