Because of the recent drastic cuts in marine connections to the islands, and because we had no business in Volos, and because we arrived in Athens on Monday night, the travel option that worked best for us was head for Agnontas on Tuesday by taking the 13:30 bus from the terminal at 21 Theodorou Deligianni street. The several small terminals in the same neighborhood of Athens are mostly for buses traveling to Albania and Bulgaria and beyond. See photo.
The ride to Mantoudi harbor is 2.5 hours and passes through the outskirts of Halkida and northwest across Evvia passing through the shadow of 1,743 m Mt.Dirfis then up and over the spine of the island via the sycamore forests in the Dafnonta wildlife refuge, through the village of Mantoudi and finally to the desolate shore at Kimasi. Kimasi serves the Magnesite (MgCO3) mining industry as a port to ship out raw ore for processing. Magnesite, when heated, produces Magnesium Oxide an important ingredient in the production of refractory material, like the fire bricks for your wood fired pizza oven.
There is not much else at Kimasi (in November) except a ticket office and a convenient though rudimentary toilet. Within a half hour or so the Proteus chugged into the harbor.
Joining us on the ferry were some passengers headed for Alonissos, and a few folks headed for Skopelos (including a brand new baby!) and a truck full of fruit and vegetables.
The boat arrived at Agnontas at about 18:30 and was met by the convenient ANES free bus to bring 4 passengers and a small dog back to Skopelos port. The whole journey including the 1.5 hour sea crossing and the 0.5 hour wait at Kimasi was a little more than 4.5 hours.
Though the Mantoudi connection is at least twice a week from Glossa (better check), the connection to Agnontas is only on Tuesdays and from Agnontas on Wednesday mornings at 08:15