Holidays In Skiathos
Skiathos Holidays at a glance
Where the golden beaches beckon, beautiful countryside awaits and where the glorious sun just seems to belong you'll find a welcome as warm as the weather. For a truly memorable holiday under the sun, Skiathos, Greece has it all.
Skiathos has something for every holidaymaker - from picturesque walks and vast beaches to archaeological sites, caves and small coves. It also features a bustling, attractive harbour town with excellent restaurants, shops and bars and the surrounding countryside plays host to numerous pretty traditional villages so whether you'd like to spend your getaway lounging on vast stretches of sand or shopping and socialising in town, Skiathos offers the perfect holiday destination for you.
Who holidays in Skiathos?
Holidays in Skiathos are perfect for families and couples looking to relax on picturesque, sandy beaches. Skiathos offers great opportunities for daytime activities with the kids, as well as superb evening entertainment in everything from lively bars to restaurants.
Key Facts - Skiathos
- CapitalSkiathos Town
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportSkiathos (JSI)
Skiathos Holidays - Destination Profile
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.
Skiathos Town is the main settlement, with a waterfront featuring an array of bars, boutiques and restaurants. The nightlife of Skiathos Town is chic and sophisticated, especially during peak season when the town is in full swing with locals and visitors alike.
The many beautiful bays and beaches of Skiathos are accessible by a remarkably efficient local bus system. The renowned sandy beach of Koukounaries is about half an hour drive from Skiathos Town, while the nearby Banana Beach is the place to visit for a glorious 'all over tan'!
On an island renowned for its glorious beaches one of the best can be found at the quiet, traditional village of Troulos which to this day is still the farming hub of island. With a handful of shops and a scattering of tavernas this is not the place for raucous nightlife but is the place to enjoy a more traditional way of life.
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Holidays in Skiathos - Things to see
Lalaria Beach. This beautiful beach that can be reached by taxi boat is covered with smooth white stones and is backed by steep cliffs making it a great photo opportunity.
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 Evangalistria. Founded in the 18th century the Evangalistria 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 Papadiamandis, 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.
Things to do on a Holiday in Skiathos
Popular activities during holidays in Skiathos include:
Skiathos Holidays - Excursions
Sunset Cruise: Admire the stunning scenery and sail across the clear waters of the Aegean Sea and stroll through the local village. Dine at a traditional Greek taverna & star gaze whilst sailing back to port.
Secret Skiathos: The only way to sail around the island in a day and uncover the true mix of beaches and stunning scenery. Why not swim at the famous Lalaria beach, which is one of a few swim stops during the day. Step back in time on a visit to the old capital Kastro. Remember shhhhhhhhhh its a secret.
Aegean Blue: Visit the two neighbouring islands of Skopelos & Alonissos in one day. Go back in time with a guided walk though the narrow streets of Skopelos or relax in a local café and watch the world go by. See the island where Mama Mia was filmed and be your very own Dancing Queen.
VIP Catamaran Experience: For an all inclusive day out relax, soak up the sun and be a VIP for the day. Sailing towards the crystal clear waters of Panormos Bay.
Snorkeling Safari: Journey into the underwater world trying to find nemo, in the clear waters surrounding Skiathos. This day will provide you with unforgettable encounters with many forms of aquatic life.
Walkabout: Join your reps to meander the small cobbled streets of Skiathos Town where the guided tour will acquaint you with hidden treasures as well as the stories and myths behind the town. The first drink is on your rep.
Eating/Drinking During Skiathos Holidays
Every resort outside Skaithos Town is small and traditional with a small number of Greek tavernas specialising in good home cooking, such as kleftiko, stifado and keftedes. There are some excellent fish tavernas close to the beach, a curry house in Troulos and beach bars to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset.
Getting Around on Skiathos Holidays
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 public bus service along the south coast of the every half hour from 8:30am to 10pm (every 20 minutes for 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.
Skiathos Holidays Shopping
During your Skiathos holidays you will find a range of shops selling clothes - especially Italian designer clothes. For souvenirs and mementos the local crafts and pottery are an excellent choice.
Holidays in Skiathos - Beaches
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 3 beach tavernas, 3 water sports schools and 2 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 the 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.
Aghia Eleni: Translating to St Helene this lovely sandy beach is 1 km away from Koukounaries. The beach owes its name to the white small church standing out against blue of the sea, the green of the trees and the golden sand.
Banana Beach - An excellent beach with a lively beach cafes and restaurants situated close to Koukounaries. A section of this beach is predominantly frequented by naturist bathers.
Platanias - A long, sandy, gently shelving beach, Platanias beach 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.
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