Why holiday in Skiathos?
Where there is an abundance of golden beaches, beautiful countryside, the glorious sun shines all day you'll find a welcome as warm as the weather. For a truly memorable holiday under the sun, Skiathos has everything to offer.
The island has something for every holidaymaker - from picturesque walks, beaches to archaeological sites, caves and small coves. It also features an attractive harbour town with excellent restaurants, shops and bars. The surrounding countryside has 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.
Holidays in Skiathos are ideal 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.
This island is a jewel set in turquoise waters and has 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 lovely resorts mingle with sleepy traditional villages.
Skiathos Town is the main area, with a waterfront featuring many bars, boutiques and restaurants. The nightlife of Skiathos Town is sophisticated, especially during peak season when the town is in full swing with locals and visitors of all walks of life.
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 tan.
Resorts in Skiathos
Skiathos Town is all whitewashed spread over two hills on the south-east coast of the island. It's the place to be and may celebrities have visited the island,largely thanks to the town's designer shopping and nightlife offering. Two large yacht harbours front the place and, where yachts go, gourmet restaurants, members-only bars and boutiques follow.
Skiathos Town, is where Mamma Mia! was filmed, and you can still see the boat used in the movie moored up in the harbour. An older local celebrity is Alexandros Papadiamantis, a 19th-century writer whose home is now a museum. His name has been given to the shopping street, where designer labels rub shoulders with antiques. You can get the bus here, or take the 15-minute waterbus from Koukounaries’ jetty.
Vasilias is a seaside village backed by pine-clad hills on the southern coast of Skiathos. Whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs dot the landscape of this small, peaceful spot, where locals catch up on gossip at the village shop. There's an equally undisturbed vibe to be found on the long, sandy beach. And handily when you want lively bars and restaurants the capital Skiathos Town is literally just up the road.
All the beaches along the south of Skiathos are sandy. There's Vasilias Beach itself, a quiet little spot with shallow waters and enough sunloungers and thatched umbrellas to go around. A 10-minute walk along the coast takes you to the small and lively Megali Ammos Beach it has two rows of sunbeds all along the sand and little shady areas in the pine-clad hills behind. And it's a 10-minute drive to the Blue Flag sands of Koukounaries Beach.
Koukounaries which is Greek for pine cone sits at the western end of Skiathos. Not surprisingly given its name, the place is surrounded by mountainous pine forests and one of the island's best beaches. It's very relaxing here, and the livelier Skiathos Town is just 20 minutes away.
Koukounaries has a long sweep of golden sand, backed by pine trees. The bay is spotlessly clean and the water is shallow for quite a way out. Loungers and parasols are lined up, and there are bars and lots of watersports. If you areafter more of a party scene, Banana Beach is just a short walk along a woodland path and has DJs and bar service through to sunset.
Small but perfect Aghia Paraskevi is an unspoilt village on Skiathos south coast. If you're after lazy afternoons on the beach, tasty Greek dinners, and a slow nightlife,this resort will tick all the boxes.
Platanias Beach stretches for 600 metres from Kolios Beach in the east to Aghia Paraskevi in the west. It's ideal for families thanks to its shallow sea, shaded areas and variation of watersports. And when it comes to lunch or a snack. there’s a snack bar at the eastern end of the sands.
Located on the east coast of Skiathos, Achladies Bay is a sleepy Greek village that's still got its fishing-village charm. It's backed by greenery that goes right up to the sandy beach and along the water there are authentic tavernas and a couple of relaxing too. And if you need a break from all that relaxation, the much livelier Skiathos Town is just up the coast.
The beach here is the kind you see on postcards,a sweep of golden sand, backed by woodland, that sweeps gently into sparkling blue water. It's a Blue Flag beach with sunloungers and parasols to rent, plus a couple of tavernas at the back. Then just a couple of minutes along the way is Platanias, a small patch of sand with a church right on the water.
Troulos is on the southern coast of Skiathos, surrounded with pine trees and olive groves. A handful of restaurants serve up Greek meze around the village centre and there are more eating places down by the pretty bay. As for getting out and about, the cosmopolitan Skiathos Town is only about 20 minutes away.
Soft, white sands sweep gently into crystal-clear waters at Troulos’ Blue Flag beach. Along the stretch there are umbrellas and parasols. A watersports school is also here, and for eating there's a seafront taverna, snack bars and a popular hotel restaurant that's right on the sands.
The island's national park has been enticing hikers to the area since the 1970s. Two excellent round-trips through the pine forestry leave from Troulos and are not too difficult, The hike is 15km.
Getting to Skiathos
You can fly to the island from most major UK airports; Birmingham, East Midlands, Gatwick, Manchester or Newcastle with most flights departing on Fridays.
From Skiathos you take the Flying Dolphin which takes approx. 1 hour to reach Skopelos.
If you arrange private transfers with us on arrival, you will be met at Skiathos Airport where a taxi will be waiting to take you to your accommodation.
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