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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 September 2015
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Skyros: The perfect weekend getaway Off the main tourist trail, the most remote gem of the Sporades lies in the middle of the Aegean Sea ALEX PAPASIMAKOPOULOU I had never really considered Skyros as a holiday destination. It's not in the Cyclades, it's not even one of the most famous islands in the Sporades which it belongs to. Until recently the only way to get there was via ferry from Evia, which isn't the most straightforward of drives if Athens is your starting point. But a few years ago Aegean started a new route, making Skyros perfect for a long weekend getaway. Very reasonably priced, at around €40 each way, the half-hour flight is the perfect way to get here. From the moment we landed, we were happy we made the trip. Everyone we met was laid back and genuinely polite, not bending over backwards to put on a fake smile just because the tourist plane had arrived. The short drive to the main settlements of Magazia and Chora helped further set the mood. This is not a place overtaken by tourism. A lovely combination of trees, hills, sea views and cute Cycladic-looking buildings: not much to complain about really. We stayed at the lovely Ammos in Magazia Atsitsa, a fisherman’s little paradise. Our mouth-watering lobster pasta at Stelios’ fish taverna.
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