Plenty of Great Minds
As soon as you land on Skiathos, you’ll know instantly who is by far the island’s most famous personality: Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911), the airport’s namesake. You can visit his former home in the town of Skiathos, since it is a museum dedicated to his life and work. Another important poet from the island is Zisis Ikonomou (1911–2005). Fun fact for the Swiss: Alexander Pericles Acatos (1873–1950), the master builder responsible for the construction of the Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur was also born on the isle of Skiathos.
Festivals at the Castle
The main landmark of the town of Skiathos is the Bourtzi peninsula that separates the old and the new harbour. It was once the site of a fortress, the remains of which can still be seen today. For a long time, the building on the peninsula housed the island’s school. Today, it serves as a cultural centre. In the months of July and August, it is the site of the annual cultural festival, which is named after a novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis, ‘Dream on the Wave’. Early September sees the celebration of ‘Violin Days’. These festivals offer excellent opportunities to get acquainted with Greek literature as well as musical and cultural traditions.
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