Skiathos Holidays

Skiathos at a glance

Skiathos boasts more than 50 sun-kissed sandy beaches lapped by Caribbean-blue water which are among the best in Greece – and there’s a chic nightlife – so it's no wonder Olympic Holidays’ passengers return year after year.

Together with the lovely old town of charming shops in a maze of alleyways the island makes an enchanting holiday destination for couples and families.

Koukounaries, in the south-west, is one of Skiathos’ loveliest beaches, with fine sand which shelves gently into the sea, and surrounded by a protected natural reserve with trees offering shade. Away from the crowds, there are a few sun loungers for the simple pleasures of relaxing. Swim, sunbathe, sleep and repeat! 

At Vromólimnos Beach watch the sun go down with a drink from taverna or find 400 metres of sand and clear waters at Agía Paraskeví Beach.

Keen walkers can explore the island’s green and wooded interior to pass orchards of pomegranate, pistachio, fig and quince or hike north to explore the mountains, archaeological sites, caves and coves. In the countryside, there are many traditional villages so stop for a drink or meze and chat to the friendly locals.

Skiathos Town’s waterfront offers an array of bars, boutiques and restaurants while the hillier quarters above the old port, near the churches of Tris Ierárhes and Ágia Triáda, have pretty little plazas and gardens for evening strolls.

About 4km from the town, culture seekers can find the beautifully maintained Evangelistrias Monastery where the modern Greek flag was woven and blessed in 1807. A walk from the old town is marked and the part-road and part-track trail rewards with superb views over northern Skiáthos.

For another day out, consider a round-the-island boat cruise from the old port to view sea-caves, the Trypia Petra rock-arch and stops at Asélinos Beach and Tsougriá islet for a swim.

 

Where to stay in Skiathos

Achladies Beach Skiathos, Greece

Achladies

Only a short distance from Skiathos Town, Achladies is a peaceful and picturesque resort with a small bay.

Tzaneria Beach Near Kanapitsa, Skiathos, Greece

Kanapitsa

Located on Kalamaki Peninsula, the beach is narrow and sandy with a selection of water sports available.

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Kolios

Kolios is a scenic resort with excellent beaches, ideal for those wanting a quiet location, but with nightlife a short bus ride away.

Koukounaries Beach Skiathos, Greece

Koukounaries

A popular resort with a sweeping crescent of golden sand backed by pine trees and a picturesque lake, offering spectacular views.

Megali Ammos Beach, Skiathos

Megali Ammos

Megali Ammos Beach is located about 1 km outside Skiathos Town, offering fine sand and a light shingle beach.

Ag Paraskevi Beach Skiathos, Greece

Platanias

Platanias is an ideal choice for families with a long sandy beach shelving gently into crystal clear waters.

Old Town Skiathos, Greece

Skiathos Town

Skiathos Town is the liveliest and most cosmopolitan of all the resorts with many bars, nightclubs and restaurants to choose from.

Troulous Beach Skiathos, Greece

Troulos Skiathos

Troulos is a charming resort situated on the coast road, with an amazing choice of excellent beaches.

Vassilias

Vassilias

Set in the pine-clad hills above Achladies, this area boasts superb coastal views. Skiathos Town is approximately 6 kms away.

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Katsarou

Rural bliss awaits in pretty Katsarou. This peaceful little seaside village on the east coast of Skiathos is just a downhill stroll to the sandy beach at Vasilias

Best Time to Visit Skiathos

Visit Skiathos from May to September for long sunshine days. July and August are hot and dry with temperatures averaging 25°C but during the heat of day, around noon to 3pm it can be around 29°C.

April and October are often warm months, and more pleasant for active holidaymakers who want to explore, but there can be a slight increase in rainfall.

Skiathos Travel Advice

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.

Further information

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 perfect for enjoying a more traditional way of life in sleepy surroundings.

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.

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