For decades, the Sporades islands were pretty much outside of the international tourist radar. As part of the Sporades island group, Skiathos was overlooked by the majority of tourists, who usually preferred holidaying in the most popular Greek islands. Until very recently, Skiathos was a holiday destination that catered mostly to Greek tourists, but this started to change once the natural beauty of the island and its touristic potential were discovered.
Skiathos might be small in size, but the island is packed with gorgeous sights and a number of activities that will keep visitors entertained for as long as they wish, from horseback riding to sunbathing. Tourists begin to arrive in May, although the peak season runs between June and August. Weather-wise, September is a great month to visit, and many last minute holidays and cheaper package holiday deals are available at that time of the year.
Key attractions and nightlife in Skiathos
Skiathos town is a typical Greek town, dotted with whitewashed houses, churches, Byzantine castles, traditional eateries, and colourful patios. The town sits between lush pine forests and a splendid bay overlooking the Aegean Sea. Although Skiathos town only has a few thousand inhabitants, visitors can find everything they need in its busy streets, from designer boutiques selling high fashion to souvenir shops, and including bars and restaurants that offer fantastic nightlife and entertainment options. The areas around the harbour and the town square are great for people-watching in the evenings.
Renting a motorbike is a great way of exploring the island's highlights. Outside Skiathos town, the roads are pretty much deserted and green forests dominate the landscape. For a bird's eye view of Skiathos, make your way to Prophet Ilias church, located on top of a hill that affords scenic views over the island and beyond. The ancient settlement of Kastro is another must-see, and is the perfect location to watch the sun go down. It is also possible to rent a boat and discover the island's stunning coastline.
Skiathos beaches and main resorts
The island of Skiathos has nearly 25 miles of coastline and over 60 beaches. It is clear that the island is primarily a sun and beach holiday destination, so beach lovers will be spoilt for choice in Skiathos. Bear in mind that there are several beaches that can only be accessed on foot or by boat, which also means that it is often not hard to find a deserted beach in Skiathos.
The most popular beach is Koukunaries, a lovely golden sand beach located in the western coast of Skiathos. The beach gets its name from the Greek word for pine cone, as it is fringed by row upon row of aromatic pine trees. Being Skiathos' main beach, Koukunaries offers al kinds of amenities, including beach bars, loungers, beach umbrellas, and watersports equipment. From this beach it is possible to walk over to Banana Beach, which is a favourite in the evenings due to its lively nightlife scene.
Troulos beach has a privileged location, as it is surrounded by olive groves and by Skiathos' only national park. After a day of relaxation at the beach, head to Troulos village for an authentically Greek culinary experience.
Hotels and accommodation in Skiathos island
The tourist infrastructure in Skiathos is well developed, so finding a suitable accommodation deal will never be a problem in this island. For those who want to treat themselves to the holiday of a lifetime, Skiathos offers l uxury accommodation options like 4-star hotels in Agia Paraskevi or luxury villas in the spectacular Kalamaki peninsula. Boutique hotels are also available along Koukounaries beach too.
Skiathos also offers some of the best deals on family holidays thanks to its extensive range of self-catering apartments and villas. The area around Vasilias beach is a good option for holidaymakers looking for mid-range accommodation, as there are several resorts there. Megali Ammos is another popular spot in terms of accommodation. With A1Travel you can book your Skiathos holiday in confidence