SKYROS -Round Trip Excursion
Trip Start May 08, 2010
39Trip End Jan 23, 2011
PEFKOS, ST. PANTELEIMONAS, ST. MINAS, AND ATSITA.
Amazing….! The weather is great and we are on our way to explore the island just after our breakfast.
To be honest seeing the beautiful calm bay I want to go swimming but I believe I have to keep that for tomorrow. "There is no time for swimming if we want to go round the island" Yianni said.
Just a few kms from Cherounes bay where we stay, we turn left taking the road leading to Pefkos
Four or five years back when we visited the island we reached as much as Pefkos. Every now and then I ask Yianni to make a stop for pictures and I truly believe that he loves me very much to do this for me. Other men would have got angry and just go on ignoring such requests. He is patient and shows understanding with my crazy demands, and this is one of the things I appreciate in him.
The view is awesome and I get some very beautiful photos from down the bay of Pefkos with the fishing boats, and the same bay from the mountains. The view is panoramic, the waters so calm, and the combination of colours breathtaking!
The island is separated into two parts that present a completely dissimilar natural look
Leaving behind the beautiful breathtaking view of Pefkos we come to the small chapel of St. Panteleimonas. We make a stop here. There are wooden tables and seats scattered around and it seems that people come here for a picnic. The view down the coast is awesome! Yianni remains in the car and waits for me to finish with my photos. I enter the picturesque chapel and I make a little prayer.
A few miles further before reaching Aghios Fokas the scenery changes completely. Instead of lush vegetation that used to be here some years ago, we face burnt extent of ground for many kilometres. Years back this place should have been an earthly paradise but now the only thing you see are the burnt huge pine trees, many trunks piled up and scattered on the ground. You only hear the sound of saws, and men working, scattered throughout the mountains piling and sewing the trunks
It is so shameful! So disappointing! The disastrous fire burnt completely most of the beautiful pine forest.
ST. MINAS CHAPEL
We come to the little chapel of St. Minas, but even though I see a sign informing people that it is a private piece of land I walk pass it and enter the field where the small chapel is built. I am just a little scared though that a dog might show and for sure I would not want this to happen. I can hear many dogs barking from the houses a bit further down the bay…probably because they have seen me walking here.
Leaving behind the burnt forest and for about 15 to 20 minutes of driving, just 18.5 kms from the capital we come to Atsitsa, our next destination and one of the most beautiful hamlets on the island
It is here I want to come and spend some days on my next visit.