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Boats and roads

The Proteus ferryboat is probably running again from Monday the 20th of January.
Source: Skiathoslife.gr. The link is Proteus back in business

There is also news of a new boat servicing the Volos-Sporades-Mantoudi route this summer. This news was published on a bulletin board from the coastguard. See below.
(Source: coastguard news)

The boat is called Megajet from the boat company Seajets.

(source: Seajets fleet

The boat will be sailing from 1/6/2020 until 30/09/2020 it says in the announcement.

The road along the harbor in Mantoudi has been asphalted.The photo’s are from the 3rd of January 2020.

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The Proteus ferryboat that was travelling from Volos to Glossa/”Loutraki today left travellers for Skiathos in the harbor there and continued to Loutraki/Glossa.

Whilst sailing towards Loutraki the ferryboat landed,just outside the harbor of Skiathos, on an uninhabited island. Whether it was an accident or on purpose I don’t know yet. Information varies and I don’t want to guess. The 53 (official press statement ANES) passengers destined for Loutraki/Glossa were taken of the ferry boat by a private boat and brought to Skiathos where they will spend the night. They are all OK. No obvious damage like leaks were noticeable but the real damage will be found when the boat is taken away. All crew remains on the boat according to the press statement issued tonight.

Press release from ferry company ANES


Tomorrow the 6th of January it is Epiphany, Theofania/θεοφανια or Foton/Φωτον and it is the last celebration of the Christmas period. This day according to Christians marks two events in the life of Jesus. The first was when three wise men visited the infant Jesus and the 2nd event was when John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The day after on the 7th of January is the big name day of Jannis/Joanna.

In many villages and cities near water (sea, rivers, lakes or sometimes a swimming pool) the water is blessed by a priest by throwing a cross in the water. Men and sometimes women will dive after the cross and the person that catches the cross is supposed to be lucky that year.

Tomorrow, if weather permits, the priests will come out of the church, after 11 and will stop in the harbor close to Vrachos. In Loutraki the will walk from the church to the harbor near the buses. There the cross will be thrown in the harbor. Good luck to the swimmers and χρόνια πολλά to Fanny,Fotis, Fotoula, Fotini, Fenia and many more names derived From the first names I mentioned.

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I love the sound

I love the sound of the ferryboat horn. I have told you this probably before so sorry about that. This morning I was walking in the harbor of Skopelos and the Express Skiathos came in and when the horn blasted it was like a personal greeting. We are here again! I think the best news so far is about a boat connection with Thessaloniki to the Sporades. Hopefully there is more news quickly so travellers can start exploring this way of transport to the Sporades.

Did you know there are videos about horns blasting. Have a look or better listen !!!

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Proteus itineraries

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Road Tax is here again

It is the time of the year again. Road tax for 2020 can be paid. You have to pay it before December 31.
Go to the following website: https://www1.gsis.gr/webtax2/telhkykl/year2012/telhkykl/index.jsp

Click on Είσοδος

Fill in your Greek tax number and your car license plate.
Click Αναζήτηση

Print out the result (εκτύπωση) and pay!

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Flights update

Update:Saturday at 22.25 hours.

A couple of readers (Angela, Knut, Nick, Ian, Soren and Martin) have been so kind to send more information about flights next year to Skiathos. The tourist agency Dolphin of Skiathos gives updates and have announced their cooperation with Jet2.com flights for next year. We might have published some information already but hope to get a good overview for most incoming flight from many countries. We will try to update regularly.

Easyjet, London Gatwick to Volos, Wednesday and Saturday from 23 May to late-August

British Airways, London City to Skiathos, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from mid-June to early-September.

TUI airways have added flights from Newcastle, East Midlands and Bournemouth. These are now available on the TUI website.
Newcastle operates on Wednesdays arrival: 12:45 and departure 13:45.
Bournemouth operates on Fridays arrival 12:25 and departure 13:25.
East Midlands operates on Fridays arrival 18:50 and departure 19:50.
Bristol on Tuesday and Friday arrival 12:00.
Manchester on Wednesday and Friday.
London Gatwick on Friday arrival 17:45.

TUI have dropped the Luton flight, and switched it to Stansted on a Friday..

Jet2.com, London (Stansted) 2 flights on Wednesday and Friday and on Wednesday from Birmingham.

Condor is a daughter of Thomas Cook, but was, economically, saved by the German government. So the destination Skiathos will be reached from May –Oktober 2020
from Düsseldorf ( Wednesday ) from Frankfurt ( Friday) and Munich ( Friday and Monday ) in Germany

Astra Airlines, 1 flight, Klagenfurt-Graz/Austria

Apollo, 1 flight Bergen/Norway

Apollo Flights from Copenhagen , Gothenburg and Stockholm will operate each Saturday from May 9th until September 19.

Apollo Flights from Oslo and Stavanger will operate each Saturday from May 16th until September 26th.

All five routes will be operated by SAS. The Bergen flights will be flown by Wideroe and only from June 27th until August 1

If anybody has other flights we can include please let us know.

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