Skiathos Sightseeing

The House of Alexandros Papadiamantis
One of Greece’s most prominent writers and poets. His house was built by his father in 1860, it has two floors and it’s quite simple. Today it’s a museum, with the writer’s books, clothes and various artifacts. It’s located on the eastern part of the town, in a small dead-end street (tel. +30 24270 23843). 

Kastro was established around the 14th century by the residents of Old Skiathos Town, in order to hide from the pirates that looted the island –and the entire Aegean. This small northern peninsula was like a natural fort. The castle was communicating with the main city via a wooden draw bridge. It was ruled by the Byzantines, up until 1453, by the Venetians up until 1538 and then by the Ottomans up to 1821. Today, it’s an impressive attraction. The remnants of the old buildings, the four remaining churches, a small part of the walls, a mosque, two water tanks and a big canon are there to remind us of the castle’s glorious past. 

Bourtzi is a small peninsula in the middle of the capital’s main port, which hosts the remnants of an old castle built in 1204. In 1906 it was turned into an elementary school and today it’s a beautiful leisure landscape with lush vegetation, lovely Aegean views and a beautiful summer theater, mostly used for cultural events. 

The Monastery of the Annunciation of Virgin Mary
It is located about 6 km north of Skiathos Town. Its construction started on 1794 and concluded on 1806. This is where the first flag of the Greek state was weaved and this is where prominent heroes of the Greek Revolution swore to liberate Greece from the Ottomans. This is a major attraction, especially during the Holy week of Easter and around the 15th of August. Access is easy via private cars, the local bus and taxis.  

The Church of Virgin Mary Eikonistria
This is considered as the holiest location of the island, since this is where they found the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary -around 1650. There are spectacular frescoes, dated back to the 17th century, and there is also a small monastery, attached to the church.

Lake Strofilia wetland
Lake Strofilia is located on the southwestern part of the island, right behind the famous beach of Koukounaries. Many European environmental programs and official organizations protect this rare wetland as a place of grand ecological importance. The landscape is breathtaking and nature lovers will get the chance to see up close many weird species of flora and fauna.

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