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Seen on Athens airport !

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The buses that leave Athens for Agios Konstantinos and return from Agios Konstantinos to Athens are leaving from a different place in Athens. Not anymore from Kanikos square. It is now from the travel agency Hellenic Travel Network in the street Athinas 12 in Monasteraki. For general information call 2102207400 and for information about the timetable of the buses call 210-2207450,51 and 52.

(The nearest metro station is Monasteraki)

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The flying dolphin Erato is back in business. We saw it leaving the harbor early in the morning. Can you see the dot in the sea? That is the Erato (Sorry about the photo, taken with a telephone) When looking for boats keep in mind that leaving from Skopelos you can leave from Skopelos harbor or Glossa and to get to the mainland you can go to Volos, Mantoudi on Evia, Agios Konstantinos and Thessaloniki. I have written on the Travel/Transport 2018 page about the trip from Mantoudi to Athens. I love it ! I always use http://www.openseas.gr when looking for connections because they give me every boat from every boat company that travels between the Sporades in our case.

There is a very positive feeling about the Thessaloniki-Sporades connection. People hope it can start the 15th of June. With more boats traveling back and forth between the islands it is much easier to plan your holiday. Hopefully is stays this way the coming months and travelers don’t have to stay a night on Skiathos if they don’t want too and aren’t dependent on a water taxi where prices vary a lot.

It is the first of June so have a good month and a great summer!!!

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It is nice to get in touch with somebody from the municipality when you have a question, a problem that you need help with. Voula Karatzas has been hired by the municipality and looks at problems, situations that occur in the daily life here. Some things seem very straightforward but you sometimes need to bring it to the attention of the right person. Thanks Voula for the immediate help.

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(Video from Dimitra Karadi via Facebook)

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Two “modern” wooden shipwrecks found on Skopelos
written by Kimon Papadimitriou (Dr Ing Rural & Surveying Engineering – PADI IDC Staff Instructor).

Skopelos, the bigger one of Sporades islands, is becoming a new destination for the scuba community. The limitations for the protection of underwater archaeological sites at most of the popular bays of the island (Agnontas, Panormos and Stafylos), in combination with the lack of services for recreational diving till 2014, have kept the field rather unexplored. After the establishment of Skopelos Dive Center, the coast line has been investigated in order to find potential dive sites. Since then, eighteen locations have being used for the performance of scuba activities. Additionally, new locations are surveyed every year (during scout diving) for broadening the thematic spectrum of services to divers.


Diving sites at Skopelos (map composition by K. Papadimitriou)

In this context, last year (autumn 2017), two modern shipwrecks have been found , still waiting to uncover their history. Even after a few decades, those “time capsules” are hiding particular features of our civilization. It is characteristic that up to the 80’s, wooden ships ruled everyday activities at the islands. Many of those activities (e.g. fishing, commerce, transportation) have been unchanged through the ages. After the introduction and domination of other materials in ship construction, wooden ships are becoming a “memorial” of our maritime heritage.


Overview of wooden shipwreck (photos and orthomosaic by A. Ktistis)

The two located wrecks are not mentioned on marine charts, are submerged at depths around 30m and they have not been identified yet. The first one is found at the bay of Agnontas. It is located on a sandy bottom with gentle slope and its shape, dimensions and part of the cargo are evident. The second vessel is scattered over a rocky steep bottom, close to the bay of Kanapitsa.

According to the above initial data, some interesting perspectives ask for awareness or specialized training activities related to the Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH). According to UNESCO, in-situ preservation and promotion are the priorities for the protection of UCH, targeting mainly the diving public. Moreover, the contribution of divers with specialized training in combination with the capabilities for 3D digital recording and representations, allow the contribution of a wider – non diving – public. The two specific wrecks, although they have not been characterized yet as modern monuments, are evidence of a past era that is exposed to the diving visitors of Skopelos.

During the access of wrecks underwater, particular procedures have to be followed in order to assure the safety of divers and to preserve any findings in-situ. Data recording for representation purposes and possible identification of unknown wrecked vessels requires additional knowledge and skills. Divers that are visiting the area can attend specialized training courses on such matters. PADI Underwater Survey Diver and Wreck Detective are typical examples of that kind of training that Skopelos Dive Center can provide.

The diving team that discovered the two wrecks consists of Kostas Danis (Electrical Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Anastasios Ktistis (Mechanical Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Vasilis Voukalis (Economist – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Angelos Maglis (Civil Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor) and Kimon Papadimitriou (Dr Ing Rural & Surveying Engineering – PADI IDC Staff Instructor).

The Skopelos Dive center is located at the beginning of the road to the monasteries between two car rental places. There is a beautiful outside area where you can talk with the instructors and have a drink. Telephone: (0030) 6940448000 info@sporadesdiving.gr and http://www.sporadesdiving.gr

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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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