Where golden beaches beckon and beautiful countryside awaits, you'll find a welcome as warm and sunny as the weather. For a truly memorable holiday under the sun, holidays to Skiathos, Greece have it all, for couples and families alike.
Holidays in Skiathos welcome families and couples looking to relax on picturesque, sandy beaches and offer great opportunities for daytime activities with kids of all ages, as well as superb evening entertainment in everything from lively bars to restaurants.
Skiathos Town is at the centre of it all, with a waterfront featuring an enticing array of bars, boutiques and restaurants. The nightlife here is chic and sophisticated, especially during peak season when the town is in full swing with locals and visitors alike. Visit the fish market and the old port of Skiathos Town and then peruse the designer shops and markets, where you can stock up on local crafts.
A jewel of an island set in aquamarine waters, Skiathos, Greece boasts over sixty beaches scattered around a simply stunning coastline. It's hard not to be completely bowled over with the beauty of this island where pine clad hills roll down to the sandy shores and where chic resorts mingle effortlessly with sleepy traditional villages. If you're a sun worshipper hoping to catch some rays during your holiday or perhaps looking for the perfect destination for your wedding abroad, Skiathos is your paradise island.
The Best Beaches in Skiathos
Koukounaries: Probably the most famous and best beach in Skiathos, with fine golden sand leading up to the shade of the Koukounaries pine trees (umbrella pines). The beach has excellent facilities including three beach tavernas, three water sports schools and two kiosks to enable you to stock up with soft drinks.
Kolios: Kolios has a beautiful beach with a shallow shelf to the water making it perfect for children and less confident swimmers. More accomplished swimmers can head out to deeper waters to enjoy scuba diving and the chance to see the underwater wildlife including octopus.
Agia Eleni: Translating to St Helena this lovely sandy beach is one kilometre away from Koukounaries. The beach owes its name to the small white church which stands out gloriously against the blue of the sea, the green of the trees and the golden sand.
Banana Beach - An excellent beach with a selection of lively beach cafes and restaurants situated close to Koukounaries. A section of this beach is predominantly frequented by naturist bathers and known as Little Banana Beach.
Platanias - A long, sandy, gently shelving beach, Platanias beach is ideal for families.
Troulos - With its superb stretch of golden sands Troulos beach is one of the best on the island.
Lalaria Beach - Covered with smooth, dazzlingly white stones and backed by steep cliffs Lalaria beach can be reached by taxi boat.
Things to See
Fish market and Old port of Skiathos Town: The 'Bourtzi' which is a tiny peninsula in the harbour which used to be a Venetians citadel with remains of the 13 century wall and canons is also is situated here in Skiathos Town.
Monastery of Evangelistria: Founded in the 18th century the Evangelistria Monastery is exceptionally beautiful and houses a small museum with various objects from its history on display. There is a bus that links the monastery with Chora several times a day.
The medieval capital Kastro: A spectacular spot which can be reached by one of the many boat trips operating from around the island, or by road although this involves a thirty minute walk. Be sure not to miss the Church of Christ and the old houses.
Alexandros Papadiamantis Museum: The house in which Alexandros Papadiamantis, one of the most important Greek authors of the past century, used to live contains an exhibition room on its ground floor whereas the 1st floor has been preserved as it was when the great author lived there with its original furniture and other interesting artefacts of the time.
Ferry: There are numerous hydrofoils to Volos and Agios Constantinos on the mainland and several a week to and from Thessaloniki, as well as daily connections to other nearby islands in the Sporades chain like Skopelos & Alonissos that can be visited on a day trip.
Boat: To reach the north coast beaches, adjacent islands, and historic Kastro, it is easier to go by caique. These smaller vessels sail frequently from the fishing harbour west of the Bourtzi fortress.
Bus: Getting around by bus is very easy. Skiathos has a public bus service which runs along the south coast very half hour from 8:30am to 10pm (every 20 minutes during July and August.)
Car: An excellent way of getting around during Skiathos holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.