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Kastani today

Photo by Frode. Skopelosnews has asked the former owners of the beach bar in Kastani if they are going to set up shop on another beach and their answer is no. They are currently interested in other areas of tourism of which I will speak another time.


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Renting out via Airbnb ?

We found this article on the Skopelos newspaper Vories Sporades and thought it might be useful for those who rent out their properties via Airbnb. The Athens News Agency/Macedonian Press Agency has an english page too and we copied it.

Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue will soon launch a platform regarding the rental of properties through Airbnb.
Property owners renting out their homes as tourist accommodation will have to register their properties and provide information about the people they rent them to as well as the rental period.
Those who do not register their properties will be faced with fines of up to 5,000 euros.
Source: http://www.amna.gr/en/article/201928/Independent-Authority-for-Public-Revenue-to-launch-platform-for-Airbnb-rentals

We will try and find out where people should register their properties. It is probably good to contact your accountant here if you rent out on Skopelos.

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This beautiful video “could” be used by the municipality for promotion purposes. Maybe they could buy it ?
Note: a few shots were filmed on Skiathos but the rest is Skopelos.

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This is an article that the Greek News Agenda has published about hiking on Greek islands; it is called hiking Greek islands: explore off-the-beaten track treasures!

The Greek islands, well known for their sunny beaches and clear blue waters, attract outdoor enthusiasts not only for activities such as diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, sailing or just sun bathing, but also for hiking and walking tours! Walking tourism has been gaining ground in the past few years, thanks to public and private initiatives sign-posting routes, publishing maps, organizing walking tours and operating special sites to inform people about available paths and walking tours. This form of tourism is particularly well suited to the Greek islands due to their mountainous morphology and stunning vistas to the endless blue. But there is more to explore; walking tours often include stops at archeological sites, spots of geological, natural, or architectural interest, deserted villages, wineries, artist’s galleries and more!

The rest of the article is here; hiking on Greek islands

Here is a video of the footpaths on Kefalonia.
Footpaths on Kefalonia

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I firmly believe that Skopelos needs to expand its summer in order to get a more even flow of tourists coming to the island. It would benefit so many people and maybe even help more people to get a job.

I believe in order to get this result, the people in charge (municipality etc.) should make a bigger effort to promote and help the people who have eco-friendly businesses, ideas and interests (diving, canoeing, hiking, cycling etc.) When these businesses start earlier in the summer and get tourists over here, these people need to stay in hotels/ apartments which can open earlier too. They would want to eat and drink and the businesses involved can profit from that too. Coordinate together and reach out together to groups of tourists who want to walk, dive, cycle and canoe here.

The natural resources of Skopelos are here, all we need to do is keep the island clean, the forest, the sea, the beaches, the streets. I am still amazed that for so many years this plan has not been executed but maybe it is not so surprising. Maybe those two months in summer are enough to earn money for the rest of the year and live?

A very nice surprise came by email yesterday from the Skopelos diving center. They will be open during Easter. Good luck guys! The information is below.

The Skopelos Dive Center will be open during the Greek Easter holiday week. Enjoy an early holiday visit to Skopelos island and follow one of our PADI courses. Enjoy 20% discount on regular prices and get an Open Water Diver diploma, Rescue Diver or even a Deep Diver diploma too.

Call Dive Center + 30 6940 448 000 for accommodation and diving packages or e-mail them at info@sporadesdiving.gr .

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When a friend told skopelosnews that Skopelos, the Sporades will be without a ferryboat after the 14th of February I told him that this cannot be true because various goods need to be transported to the islands to fill the shops and businesses. Passengers can travel with a flying dolphin but they cannot leave the islands without a ferryboat to transport these vital items.

Looking though on various websites there is no trace of any ferryboat replacing Proteus after the 14th to do the Volos-Sporades line. People are getting worried and Mayor Vafinis of Alonissos has send a letter to the minister of Marine and island policy, mr Santorinio, expressing his deep concern for this situation and reminding him that after the recent very heavy snowfall Alonissos and Skopelos are still islands that are marked “in a state of emergency” It is terrific that more air-lines want to reach out to the Sporades and have their guests visit them but what about the months before and after the “real” season. Do you ignore the people that live on those islands? Do you prohibit people that want to visit the islands in other months than the hot summer months to get here? It is getting pretty frustrating when these things are settled at the last moment, but will they be settled?

This comment on Facebook started skopelosnews thinking about the whole issue:“We hope to visit Skopelos while there in April, but limited ferry service might make that impossible” Quite sad not?

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Have a good month!


February started good with the news that British Airways will start flying directly to Skiathos this year. The link is here

These months before the new tourist season starts people will start having a look at their properties and see what work needs to be done in the houses, hotels, apartments etc. This year we have to look at the gardens and land too because the impact of the snow is enormous! On this photo you see that the flowers are all upright except one which was broken by the show and it is like that with all trees, plants and flowers. They all have some kind of damage. To start we need the next few days, which will finally have temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius, to cut, support all the green stuff we have around our properties.

Before the season starts many things still need to be looked at. For instance, the road from Panormos to Limnonari and Agnondas is still closed off. Part of the road to the monasteries apposite Skopelos Village is still broken off and it is dangerous to pass from there. I have no direct information about the area after Elios and Glossa but there must be points of attention there too. The port of Agnondas, will something happen there soon? The port of Skopelos?

I don’t want to sound pessimistic but it is great that more people can come to Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonissos but the island must be ready to receive them, not?

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