When we came back to Volos from Meteora we had to leave the marina because of all the charterboats coming in. So we sailed out in the bay to the opposite side of Volos marina, to Pefkakia Boatyard. We saw there were some ancient “things” there so we took a walk to explore. We took the dinghy ashore and walked directly from the boatyard.
We walked over the peninsula were we came to a small village and tried to get in to the ancient palace of Demetrias, but it was closed, as many other things in Greece in August.
So we walked further on down to the main road.
The ancient aquaduct was outside so we could see.
But on the other side of the road you can see the ancient theatre, but that was also closed… (I took the photo through the gate.
We walked along the main road a little bit before we took to the left through the village and found the road up to the mountain (you can see it on google maps)
I have never seen a almond tree, but here it was a plantation. And if it is not more almond on each tree I can understand why it is expensive…
We walked further up in the hill.
And after a while we started to have some view.
The reason for this hike was this; the ancient wall. It started here with this little old house, has it been a farm? Many people in Volos don`t know about this wall, so not many people is walking here. It was hard to find the trail some places. In the beginning we walked on top of the wall.
It was okay to walk there, and from the beginning of the wall to the top it was not steep.
A break, waiting for the photographer!
The view to the valley behind Volos.
It is that type of a hill that you always have a next top, because you can`t see the top until the last 100 meters.
You have to be consentrated!
Almost on the top…
Nice view over Volos!
The last part, it was a bit tricky to find the trail, but it is just to find a way!
Me, with Volos in behind.
We stayed first in the marina on the left side of the photo, but here you can see two sailboats to the right, one of them is us.
A little bit closer!
At the top! It was even more tricky to find the trail from here, but we walked around a bit and found some cairns. From there we walked back to the main road and then to the boat. It was just in time! We didn`t had enough water! (We didn`t knew how long it was..)
A video from this trail.
The aroundtrip was almost 10 km. So next time, bring more water!!
Saturday afternoon I texted the guy in the marina and asked if we could come back, and he said yes. So, once again said; don`t go here on Fridays, and not early Saturday, you need to wait until the charter flotilla has left the marina. In the evening we took a promenade from the marina to the end of the beach.
They are closing the street for cars in the evening so it is nice to have a walk or go to one of the many restaurants.
The Holy church of Saint Constantine and Helen
Some art along the beach.
Some nice beaches at the end. We had a plan to go there next day. But we didn`t…
This is the reason why we stayed longer in Volos. This family lives in Athens and I have known Nantia through Facebook since 2007. We met Nantia and her husband Thomas when we were in Athens in 2015, and luckily they were in Volos for holiday together with their kids Kyriakos and Michael, and we could invite them for pizza in our boat. It was really nice to see them again, and hopefully we will see each other in Athens pritty soon.
Then it was time to leave Volos, after picking up the diesel heater, visiting Meteora, and meeting Nantia and her family. We sailed to a bay outside of the big “Volos bay”, on the way to Skiathos. We had one night at anchor before we sailed to skiathos town. It was a lot of wasps in that bay, so it was not possible to stay there.
When we are talking about Skiathos, everyone is thinking about Mamma Mia. There is restaurants and shops using the name of Mamma Mia, but except from that, it is nothing that reminds us about Mamma Mia. But it is a beautiful island! We anchored south of the town and too the dinghy to the beach closest to the town.
When you are coming from the beach and walking along the coastline you will first reach Paralia Plakes, where you will get a nice view of Skiathos bay.
Small, narrow streets on the way to the city center.
Small path with steps down to a small bay for swimming.
A little bit closer to town.
What a place to have a restaurant! But it was unfortunately abandoned, as many other buildings around.
You know you are not far away from the airport…
A beautiful hotel!
From the beach were we put the dinghy it is up hill, and of course it will be downhill to the city center…
The beginning of the city center, with many restaurants along the seashore.
And some local fishingboats.
A proud guy, most probably a fisherman??
It was a bit busy when we walked through town, many people waiting for the boat to take them to the next island.
There is a small peninsula so we walked out there to have a look. It is a beautiful view to town from there.
A lot of people were relaxing, walking around, or sitting on one of the many benches around.
We found the shoppingstreet and walked around to see if we could find something interesting.
Many small and narrow streets.
Not many people, maybe too early, too hot? Someone says it is too crowdy on Skiathos, but I won`t say that. We have seen more people other places.
We had a break with a glas of wine/beer before we tried to find the way back to the dinghy.
I am not sure if all of this flowers are real…
The sun went down and it was not that hot to walk around.
Some nice shops on our way.
Almost everywhere you can find a restaurant or a bar.
Look at theese flowers!!
A restaurant ready to welcome guests. Unfortunately we had some leftovers in the boat so we couldn`t eat in town.
The next morning we were up early and went to town. Our plan was to go to the supermarket on the other side of town, and visit the church on the top of the hill on our way. And the light was also different in the morning.
And very quiet, almost no one around.
We had a plan to walk up to the church on the top of the hill there. We thought it would be nice view from there…
It was uphill, not a surprice… cosy, narrow stairs.
It took us 10 minuts to walk up to the Church of Agios Nicolaos.
A nice clocktower.
And yes, it was a nice view up there!!
If you are in Skiathos town, you need to go up here!
I am glad we sailed back to Skiathos to see the town. Now it is time to leave the Sporades and sail south again!
A video from Skiathos town:
The big question is now, where to sail; on the inside or the outside of Evia… If you are following us on Instagram/Facebook you know our decision 🙂 If not, check us out next time!