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Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel and Skiathos Island,  on www.freizeit.at by Michael Horowitz!

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Read below all Michael Horowitz’s article translated.

 

Isolated coves, double room hotels and taverns like in greek advertisements.

An island exactly like a movie scenery.

Welcome to Skiathos.

Michael Horrowitz

michael.horowitz@kurier.at

A travel story which began in Erdberg, at Irodion, my favourite greek restaurant in Vienna. After the dinner and traditional ouzo, Nikos narrated me all about his homeland. Recently, there were a lot more descriptions about the greek tragedy. Tsipras should keep his mouth closed. His promises are far from reality. “The political party of SYRIZA gained only 36.3 % – doesn’t refer to all the people in Greece”, says the Irodion’s director, while he already got the third Marlboro cigarette within ten minutes. Nikos reminds me of my friend Robert, who, ten or fifteen years ago, used to fly from Athens to America or Asia, because Olympic Airways was the only airline company to allow smoking during the flight. “I was a few days at home”, says Nikos, “life outside was gone, shops, restaurants were empty and that was painful. People are disappointed by EU- but, most of all, are disappointed by Tsipras and Varoufakis”.
Last autumn Nikos told me about an island located in North Sporades, not that far from his home. It was an absolute ornament until a few years ago, and still remains romantic. Wine and olives of Skiathos are the best in Greece. I’ve been there. Nikos is right. Here you can find these small, dreamy beaches with the white sand, which traveler envies when he visits Greece.
At night forests are full of fresh air and taverns, whose owners leave no effect of fashionable cuisine to work upon, while they, still, keep in heart what their grandmothers taught them, are preparing as the chefs had learned from tradition.
The airplane should land here, unless it afraids of what the rumours say. Skiathos demands pilots keen on extreme flight conditions. That happens because of the small treadmill. Whenever it approaches to Alexandros Papadiamantis airport, the airplane should slide exactly as on the sea, with the sailing ships in the harbor whose masts tend to bend. Only at Loukla’s airport in Nepal and St. Maarten’s in Netherlands Antilles, constitute for the pilots a greater challenge.
A smooth approach by boat, next to small rocks and sand basins which appears to protect the main island, is less adventurous and more relaxing.
By flying dolphin, the trip to Skiathos can be achieved by Agios Konstantinos in less than two hours. The city is located in the green hills, like a picturesque amphitheater round the old harbor. Everything here seems to be in order. Worries have been left back in Athens.
It’s late in the afternoon. Children are playing and a dog rests in the cypresses’ shade, along with a cat. The postman opens, after a long last rest, his office. He had, probably, spent one of the last nights in the trendy Slip Inn bar and still feels tired. A blonde girl crawls in the store. A cheerful company with an inflatable boat arrives from the nearby island Skopelos to Skiathos’ harbor.
Through the pinewoods I peep to the white houses with the red tile roofs, the colourful taverns with the tables under the vines, which call the visitors for the night’s first glass of wine. It has to be mentioned the exclusive Kivo Art & Gourmet hotel with its two restaurants and the wonderful panoramic view which was, recently, included in the top hundred best hotels in Europe according to Sunday Times, London.
Tourists are wandering around at the bars and cafes until late. Ladies say how reasonable are the designers’ jeans in boutiques near the fish market, and gentlemen seem content about their coctails at Casablanca. Skiathos is ready, again, to offer a night like in the movies. It’s not a surprise that Skiathos, quite often, is included in film shootings.
Thirty-seven years ago the movie Dream Boat, one of the first german erotic movies and the successful musical Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, were both filmed in Skiathos and Skopelos islands.
The marriage scene at Agios Ioannis church made many wishing to get married there like Meryl Streep did.