Hiking and nature appreciation club Rediscover Skyros and the island's municipal authority are organizing a half marathon on Saturday, June 22. The beautiful route starts from the main square of Skyros Town and participants can pick a distance that suits them - 5, 10 or 21 kilometers. A 1,300-meter event for children has also been organized.
The Sporadic island of Skiathos has prepared itself ahead of upcoming tourist season with a voluntary beach cleaning drive that involved more than 550 school pupils and 75 adult volunteers.
The drive was organized by the cultural association "Skiathos" earlier this month with the aim being to clean all of the islands 72 beaches, including the signature Koukounaries beach.
The Superspeed and Supercat vessels will begin services on Friday linking the Sporades chain of islands in the central Aegean with the northern port city of Thessaloniki.
The daily routes will link the town of Volos on the mainland with Thessaloniki, via the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonisos and Skiathos.
The rise in hotel prices at popular holiday destinations such as Myconos and Santorini is turning Greeks to alternative options again this summer. The average length of their vacations remains rather short as most disposable incomes are still particularly low, according to a survey and analysis by the Trivago website reflecting Greeks' online searches for this summer.