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Travelling to Greece for the World Trails Conference

If you have never been to Greece, now is your chance to visit with the extra opportunity of also catching up with trails from 46 different countries. 

About Skiathos — this Greek island in the Northern Sporades,  a small picturesque island of 50 km2 located in the Aegean Sea, a two hour ferry ride from the Greek mainland. There are over 60 sandy beaches, including the highly acclaimed Koukounaries Beach. In September when we will be there it cools off a little and the crowds disperse.

There are charming cobbled back streets to explore in the “Old Port” with many authentic Greek Tavernas and Bars to choose from. The waterfront in the “New Port” offers a variety of traditional and modern cuisine.

Skiathos has a rich history that has left its mark on the land. The remains of a medieval town settled atop a craggy cliff is not to be missed in Kastro. Churches and monasteries dot the landscape. At the working Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria, you not only learn history, but you can also enjoy locally made wine. 

The conference will take place on Bourtzi, a small, wooded peninsula in Skiathos town harbor where an old Venetian fortress is now the backdrop for a cultural centre and open-air theatre.

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Traveling to Skiathos

There are multiple airlines that now fly directly from European destinations to Skiathos Airport. See the options here.

Internal flights from Athens, only 40 minutes away. From Athens airport take the bus to Ayios Konstantinos, for twice daily fast ferries taking 1½ hours. There are daily ferries from Volos and an occasional ferry service from Thessalonika, the Cyclades and Crete.

Visa Requirements for Greece

International visitors may need a Schengen Tourist Visa to enter Greece, please make sure you have checked if your nationality requires a visa, and apply in good time. 

Schengen citizens can enter Greece indefinitely with a valid national ID card.

Other visa-free visitors to Greece, include Americans, Canadians, Japanese, and Australians, they must however have a passport valid for three months after arrival.

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