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The Town of Skiathos, Skiathos Island

The town of Skiathos is the capital town of the island where it is also found the port. The town receives a lot of tourists. It has been built at the beach, but it is also extended up to the low hills around. The first part of the town the visitor sees when entering the port is the small peninsula with the pines and Bourtzi, the old castle of the island.

The town of Skiathos is a modern tourist center with good infrastructure and a lot of facilities for the visitors. Whatever you might wish for a comfortable accommodation, food, amusement, shopping and other services, is available at the town.
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Swimming is quite an easy thing, as you may choose from several beaches close to the town; the closest one is Bourtzi, while Xanemos at the North is not far away. Also, you may catch the excursion boats that depart regularly every day from the port, to get you almost to every beach of the island.

In case of emergence a local Medical Center, a pharmacy and a Police station are available for you.
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A series of cultural activities take place at the town throughout summer, which reach their peak in July and August with the events known as “Oneiro sto kyma” (“a dream on the wave”, after the title of a novel of Alexandros Papadiamantis). In early September you may attend the cultural events entitled “Imeres Violiou” (“the violin days”) organized in memory of the sinking of the submarine “Lambros Katsonis” during the World War II. On the name day of Aghios Georgios (St. George, celebrated on the 23rd of April, or on Monday following Easter, there are organized horse races at the lake, an old custom that has recently revived. Finally on the 18th of August a local religious feast (“panighyri”) takes place at the islet of Tsougria in honor of Aghios Floros.

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Access to the island and the town is possible by sea and by air. Ships of several types connect Skiathos with the ports of Aghios Constantinos at Fthiotida, of Kymi (Euboea island), as well as with the ports of Salonica and Volos. The island has also regular air communication with Athens, more frequent in summer, and with several capitals of Europe via charter flights.

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