Skopelos Architecture

architecture of skopelosThe town of Skopelos was honored as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty (19/10/1978 Presidential Decree 594,13-11/78, signed by President of Greece Konstantinos Tsatsos). This is the Greek equivalent of a site of Outstanding Architectural Inheritance. The building code for new construction and renovation within the village reflects some restrictions due to the Traditional Settlement decree. Some restrictions stipulate that no new buildings shall be of more than two stories, there must be a sloped ceramic or stone roof in the traditional style, and doors, windows and balconies be made of wood.

Architecture

The traditional architecture of Skopelos preserved to this day dates from the second of the 18th century and primarily from the 19th and 20th century. On the basis of its morphological and structural characteristics is distinguished into two basic categories, with the liberation of the island from the Turks as its principal point: The popular and the neoclassical architecture.

The Popular Architecture

The popular architecture of Skopelos belongs to the type of the northern Greek architecture, adjusted of course to the local condition and peculiarities of the island and does not have any relation to the local architecture of the Aegean islands, which had developed in the southern island, mainly in the Cyclades, but also in the neighboring Skyros.

The differentiation of the architecture of the Northern Sporades from that of the Southern Aegean Island is due mainly to the climatic conditions of the area, namely the colder climate of the North Aegean and also its vicinity with Pilion and the strong influence which it exercised upon them.

The Macedonian Type

Many buildings of this category have been preserved at Hora (the capital) of Skopelos and a few in the other settlements of the island. They are usually either two-storey or even tree-storey, roofed with wooden four-aisle roofs covered with schist roof slates. They are stone-built in their greatest part, except for the façade of the last floor, which is built by "tsatma" (light wall made of wood and mud) which extends intensely out of the template of the base of the building, creating the well-known "sachnisia" of the local architecture, which are perforated by adjoining windows. The "sachnisia" step on successive layers of horizontal flanges which shape a hollow and convex face and at the lower part are joined of a wooden frame and filling of mud brick built for technical reasons with a fish-bone shape.

The ground plans of the houses vary and this is due mainly to the relief of the terrain, the existing town plan and the attempt to benefit from the natural recourses such as the sun, the air etc. They are usually of small dimensions, because of the narrowness of the available constructive space and therefore are built in vertical axis. On the first level, which is usually semi-basement was the kitchen for cooking and the cellar for the storage of the year's product. On the first floor were the living spaces, the every day room used to be, such as the dining room and the bedrooms, was on the last floor, which was usually a unified open space "averto", was the reception room.

architecture of skopelos choraThe rural type

They are the houses, which were being built in the Greek countryside in the older times. They were stone-built with one or two or in many times three floors, reinforced regularly with wooden frameworks , whereas on the floor there were parts of "tsatma", which however did not create "sachinia", as in the houses of the previous type, but great balconies. These balconies were roofed by the extension of the roof or in most cases with separate shelter, the well-known in the area "koukleto" (shelter) of the local traditional architecture. On the edge of these balconies where always used to be a WC, which was constructed by wooden planks, since the vital space in the interior of the house was limited and most of the times the house were deprived even of the free space, where the subsidiary utilities could be placed.

Two characteristic elements of this type of houses were: a) the "sofas", a small space on a higher level from the daily room; this room was used by the element of the family, and b) the "kuradouro" which existed in the older houses, and was a wooden elevated space supported by wooden beams, having always a fire-place for the heating of the room.

The Neoclassical Architecture

With the liberation of the island and its incorporation to the Greek State in 1829, its architecture follows the course and the evolution of the architecture of the newly established Greek state. Otho's coronation in 1832 will bring great changes in this sector too, witthe adoption of the neoclassicism as the format architectural style of the state. The influence exercised by the capital of a state on the periphery did not take long to become apparent even in Skopelos and neoclassicism to be established on the island following chronologically the tendencies and styles of the time.

In the first years there appeared some pompous buildings with evident the neoclassical characteristics as well as the elements of the preexisting popular architecture. These buildings belonged to rich merchants and captains, who having travelled a lot were the first to bring the new architectural style on the island. These buildings consist the transitional stage from the popular to the neoclassical architecture. With the passing of time the pure neoclassical style will be established in all constructions with all the characteristic morphological elements of this style.

The houses of this period are two-storey or even three-storey, stone-built and roofed as the ones of the previous period. They have a symmetrical organization both in their ground plan and on the formation of their facades, which are richly adorned with drawn decorative elements such as pilasters with antae capitals epistyles (architraves), friezes, eaves etc. Their entrances are usually framed by marble door frames whereas above them is always the balcony, which rests on a marble stone-relief "furusia" (wooden-beams) and are protected by forged rails.

Neoclassicism and its various relative movements will be maintained on the island until the first decades of the 20th century and will be succeeded by the contemporary architecture or as it was established to be said the "Architecture between the Two Great World Wars"..

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Σημείωσεις:

Για οποιαδήποτε τυχόν διαφορά ανάμεσα στην αναγραφόμενη τιμή του εκτυπωμένου Εκπτωτικού Εισιτηρίου σας και του καταβληθέντος ποσού, θα λάβετε σχετική Απόδειξη Παροχής Υπηρεσιών κατά την αναχώρησή σας από το ξενοδοχείο.Όλες οι εκπτώσεις και προσφορές που αφορούν στα ακτοπολοϊκά εισιτήρια υπολογίζονται επί των επισήμων τιμοκαταλόγων των Ακτοπλοϊκών Εταιρειών. Οι τιμές ενδέχεται να υποστούν τυχόν προσαύξηση από τις ακτοπλοϊκές εταιρείες, για την οποία η εταιρεία Spyrou Skopelos Experience ουδεμία ευθύνη φέρει. Δεν προβλέπεται έκπτωση στα ήδη Μειωμένα Εισιτήρια (π.χ Παιδικά, Φοιτητικά, ΑΜΕΑ, Πολυτέκνων, κλπ).

Για την έκδοση των Ακτοπλοϊκών Εισιτηρίων σας είναι απαραίτητη η ενημέρωση τουλάχιστον 72 ώρες πριν την ημερομηνία του ταξιδιού σας. Εντός των τελευταίων 72 ωρών δεν υπάρχει καμία δυνατότητα έκδοσης Εισιτηρίων.

Υπερ-πληρότητα. Ορισμένες ημερομηνίες κατά την υψηλή περίοδο Ιουλίου – Αυγούστου πιθανόν να παρατηρηθεί Yπερ-πληρότητα για τα οχήματα στα Ferry Boats καθώς και για τους επιβάτες στα ταχύπλοα. Η “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” ενδέχεται να ακυρώσει και επιστρέψει τα χρήματα για παραγγελίες σχετικών Ακτοπλοϊκών εάν βρεθεί αντιμέτωπη με το ενδεχόμενο της αδυναμίας διάθεσης – από την Ακτοπλοϊκή Εταιρεία - θέσεων οχημάτων και επιβατών. Σε παρόμοιες περιπτώσεις, η “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” δε φέρει καμία ευθύνη.

Η παραγγελία και εξόφληση των Ακτοπλοϊκών Εισιτηρίων στην “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” δεν συνεπάγεται και την αυτόματη έκδοσή τους καθότι η διαδικασία αυτή απαιτεί περίπου 72 ώρες, χρόνος που επισύρει το ενδεχόμενο της Yπερ-πληρότητας.

Στους δικαιούχους των Δωρεάν ή Εκπτωτικών Ακτοπλοϊκών Εισιτηρίων αποστέλλονται Μοναδικοί Κωδικοί Εισιτηρίων. Τα εκτυπωμένα εισιτήρια παραλαμβάνονται – με την επίδειξη των Μοναδικών Κωδικών Εισιτηρίων – από τα εξουσιοδοτημένα Τουριστικά Πρακτορεία στο λιμάνι του απόπλου.

Για την έκδοση των Εκπτωτικών Ακτοπλοϊκών Εισιτηρίων απαιτείται η πλήρης εξόφλησή τους.

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Σε περίπτωση που οι επιβάτες δεν προλάβουν τον απόπλου, η εταιρεία Spyrou Skopelos Experience δε φέρει ουδεμία ευθύνη, ενόσω διατηρεί το δικαίωμα να μην προβεί στην επιστροφή οποιουδήποτε ποσού στους επιβάτες.

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Terms & Conditions for Ferry Tickets

The Free Ferry Tickets are granted only by our company, "Spyrou Skopelos Experience".

  • The offer applies to the itineraries from the ports of Volos, Kimi.
  • The offer applies to the shipping companies “Hellenic Sea Ways” and “SNE (Skyros Shipping Company)” and for their published schedules, as long as they operate them.
  • The offer is valid for guests who are charged for their accommodation. Not applicable for children staying free in our hotels (please read children policy), and for vehicles.
  • The offer applies to Ferry Tickets with conventional boats. Not applicable to Hydrofoils, Catamaran and speedboats in general.
  • The offer applies to direct bookings at our hotels or via the Online system of our website without the intervention of Tour Operators with whom there is no relevant contract. In any case you should contact our reservations department for clarifications.
  • Regardless of the nights of stay and the source of booking , we offer 15% Discount on any Ferry Ticket of Hellenic Sea Ways & SNE, (passengers & vehicles, conventional and high speed boats) granted by our Company. The discount does not apply for vans and trucks.

Notes:

For any price difference between the printed Ferry Ticket and the actual payment, a relevant Official Receipt will be delivered upon checkout from the hotel. All discounts and offers are calculated on the Official Price List of the shipping companies. Shipping companies may increase ticket pricing due to the increase in VAT and is something Spyrou Skopelos Experience is not responsible for. Already reduced or discounted rates are not applicable for further discounts (eg. Children, Students, People with Disabilities, etc.)

For Ferry Tickets issuing a, at least, 72 hour notice is required. To the beneficiaries of Free or Discounted Ferry Tickets we dispatch Unique Ticket Codes. The printed tickets are obtained by demonstrating the Unique Ticket Codes to the authorized Tourist Office at the port of departure.

Hyper-occupancy: Some dates in high season (July – August) there is likely an Hyper-occupancy for vehicles in Ferry Boats and for passengers in High-Speed Boats. "Spyrou Skopelos Experience" is likely to cancel and return the relevant pay offs to its clients for the requested Ferry Tickets if faced with the possibility of Hyper occupancy - from the Ferry Company – for vehicles and for passengers. In such cases “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” holds no responsibility.

The ordering and pay offs of Ferry Tickets to "Spyrou Skopelos Experience" does not result automatic issue since the process requires about 72 hours and involves the possibility of Hyper-occupancy.

 

For any ticket issuing, full payment is required.

In case of route cancellation or modification or delay in sailing (due to weather conditions, technical problems, force majeure, etc.), passengers (who have already received their ticket codes) ought to communicate directly with the shipping company without the mediation of "Spyrou Skopelos Experience" which holds no responsibility. Hellenic Sea Ways Tel:(+30) 210 4199000 - SNE Tel:(+30) 22220 92164 or 91789.

In case the passengers miss a ferry connection, Spyrou Skopelos Experience assumes no responsibility and is not obligated for refunding any amount to the passengers.

When requesting the Free Ferry Tickets or the Discount Ferry Tickets from us, please first have decided port, shipping company, type of boat and itineraries. In any case, please complete and submit the Boat Ticketing Form.

We offer to our guests free information on ferry schedules, ticketing and complete organization of your trip!