This jewel of an island boasts lush greenery, chic cafes, traditional tavernas and glorious scenery, attracting both couples and families in equal measure.

Description

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. 

Skiathos in the Sporades & Aegean group of islands has something to please every holidaymaker - from picturesque walks and vast beaches to archaeological sites, caves and small coves. A bustling, attractive harbour town with excellent restaurants, shops and bars and the surrounding countryside play host to numerous pretty and traditional villages.

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. So, whether you'd like to spend your getaway lounging on vast stretches of sand or shopping and socialising in town, Skiathos holidays provide the perfect holiday destination. Be sure to add Skiathos to your 2018 holiday wish list.

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, plus the occasional celebrity. Visit the fish market and the old port of Skiathos Town and then peruse the designer shops and also bag some bargains and stock up on local crafts and pottery to take home with you.

Take a leisurely drive to Evangelistra Monastery; offering fantastic views, or simply sit in the Old Port with meze an ouzo and watch the world go by.

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. Take a round-the-island boat trip to check out as many beaches as you can or explore the many beautiful bays and beaches of Skiathos by bus. There’s a remarkably efficient local bus service which will get you to all the best spots. Check out Agia Eleni, the place to go to witness the best sunsets on the island. Get yourself a sundowner and enjoy the views. Gently shelving Platanias has a long, sandy beach which is safe and ideal for families. The renowned sandy beach of Koukounaries is about half an hours’ drive from Skiathos Town, while  Banana Beach near Koukounaries is the place to visit for a glorious 'all over tan'! Split into two beaches, you can have fun filled days or nights or seek out a quieter spot to chill out on.

On an island which is renowned for its glorious beaches one of the best can be found at the quiet little village of Troulos which to this day is still the farming hub of the 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 in sleepy surroundings.

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. Book your holiday in Skiathos and get ready to embark on a holiday to remember!

Beaches

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.

Eating

Every resort outside Skiathos 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.

Highlights

  • This island has something for all, picturesque walks, hidden valleys, vast beaches, archaeological sites, caves, sculpting rocks and small coves.
  • Boasting over sixty beaches, Skiathos is a sun-worshipper's holiday paradise.
  • A bustling, attractive harbour town with excellent restaurants, shops and bars.

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 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.

Transport

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.

Climate

Best time to go Skiathos

The weather in Skiathos is hot, dry and sunny throughout the summer months. July is the hottest month in Skiathos with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F) and the coldest is January at 9°C (48°F) with the most daily hours of sunshine being 12 in July. 

Max_temp Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Skiathos 20 25 30 34 33 28 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sun Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Skiathos 8 9 11 12 12 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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