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Small but perfectly formed, Skiathos serves up a big plate of stunning scenery and picture perfect weather. This popular Greek island is lined with some of the best beaches of the Aegean Sea, contrasting with clear blue waters and an emerald hued landscape.

If you head to the south you’ll find a large selection of golden sandy beaches and quaint villages like Troulos. The south of the island is ideal for holidaymakers looking to avoid the bustling crowds of some of the other superstar Greek resorts, as there’s little else here apart from a long bay and a handful of traditional Greek tavernas.

Skiathos Town is situated over a pair of hills located on the southeastern coast of the island and is a ‘be seen’ location that attracts superstars like Goldie Hawn and Kate Moss year in, year out. There are two large yacht harbours at the front, and a selection of upmarket members only bars, gourmet restaurants and trendy boutiques.

Skiathos is one of the most lush and green of the Greek islands, as there are more than 60 beaches here with pine forest surroundings. The island also makes a great base from which to explore the rest of Greece, with Athens just a short trip away by boat or plane and Skopelos just an hour’s ferry trip away. Whether you’re looking forward to a romantic couples holiday or are planning a family summer getaway, Skiathos is a prime Greek destination for 2019 / 2020 and 2019 / 2020 holidays.

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What to expect on a holiday in Skiathos

Skiathos is in the Northern Sporades and is one of the many charming Greek islands that dot the turquoise seas of the Mediterranean. It is also known as the Emerald Isle due to the verdant pine trees that cover much of the interior.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Skiathos has some of the best beaches of the Aegean Sea, one of the main draws for many visitors here. Skiathos Town’s beach is known as Megali Ammos and is a great place to kick off your beach holiday. Many of the beaches here are backed by pine forests and boast soft, golden sands and crystal clear waters. Koukounaries is the largest and best-loved beach, with a sweeping horseshoe shape and fragrant pine trees providing a scenic backdrop to the yellow sands. Better yet, the beach is accompanied by fantastic family friendly amenities including cafés, sun beds and water sports. Other options for beaches in Skiathos include Lalaria, a relatively unspoiled and secluded beach with dramatic rock formations and untamed sands, and the family friendly Kolios and Trolous Beaches. If you’re keen to avoid tan lines, it’s worth noting that naturists frequent the sandy Banana Beach, near to Koukounaries, which offers sheltered sands and shallow, placid waters.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Thanks to several decades of a well-established tourist industry, Skiathos has developed into one of the main nightlife hubs of the Greek islands, boasting an eclectic mix of traditional bars and modern all-nighter clubs. The most famous clubs in Skiathos Town are BBC and Kahlua, which are situated to the north-east of the port, close to the sea. Both of these trendy nightclubs have a contemporary ambience and décor, and play the most up-to-date dance music hits. If you’re more of a bar lover, try Phedrock Bar, or Danny and Zoe’s Blind Dog in Skiathos Town. These popular bars are run by British expats, and are ideal for mingling with Irish and British holidaymakers and enjoying international beers. If you like rock n roll music, try the aptly named Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar or the Totem Bar in Skiathos Town. The Gin Fish has a laid-back atmosphere and wide menu of cocktails, while the De Facto Bar is the island’s most popular and well known gay bar.

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Couples

Couples

Skiathos’ incredible natural beauty and top-class attractions draw couples from across the globe each and every year. The island is a fantastic option for a blend of adventure, and rest and relaxation time, whether you’re looking forward to spending quiet quality time as a couple or spicing up your relationship with some thrilling outdoor pursuits. A great way to start your Greek couples holiday in style is to book yourself on the Carousel Cruise, a fairytale like tour that takes you past striking coastlines and the iconic Blue Caves, then continue on to the mainland area of Greece for lunch at a fishing village. The tour concludes with a spot of swimming on an unspoilt island before heading back to Skiathos. Of course, no couples holiday would be complete without romantic candlelit dinners. Skiathos offers a wide range of sophisticated dinner options that range from intimate authentic tavernas to luxurious contemporary restaurants. The area also boasts a wide selection of romantic hotels designed with couples in mind, so you’re sure to receive high quality service and leave feeling on top of the world. 

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Culture

Culture

As one of the iconic Greek islands, Skiathos is steeped in a rich culture and heritage. Skiathos is home to several monasteries that are well worth a visit, including the ancient monastery of Panaghia Ekonistria and Panghia Kechria, alongside the better known Holy Monastery of Evangelistria. As with all the Greek islands, Skiathos is renowned for its long standing Christian faith and spirituality. While you’re here you’ll want to make sure you visit the Byzantine Church of Christ, which has a distinctive architecture that embodies a different era of the island’s history. There are many other ancient churches to explore scattered around the island, which you may wish to visit by renting a motorcycle or hiring a car. To immerse yourself in Skiathos’ culture and history, it’s best to visit the Papadiamantis House, a museum honouring the famous local writer, Alexandros Papadiamantis. This attraction was formerly his place of residence and gives you a fascinating insight into the writer’s life and works.

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Eating out

Eating out

Whether you’re already an experienced foodie or are hoping to awaken your taste buds with dishes from a totally different cuisine, you’ll love the healthy and hearty Mediterranean dishes that are served in Skiathos. The area boasts a wide range of local restaurants and traditional tavernas serving all types of food, ranging from authentic Greek dishes like hummus and salads served with halloumi cheese, to international offerings. Skiathos’ restaurants are tourist and family friendly, so you’ll find plenty of kids’ menus offering classics like fish and chips, and pasta dishes, which are perfect for fussy eaters. It’s traditional in Greek culture to eat whilst you take drinks at a taverna, so dinner here can last longer than you’re probably used to back home. Dinner here is an enjoyable, sociable experience designed to bring people together and is great for spending quality time with your loved ones, something we’re often short of thanks to our busy work and social calendars. The most popular drinks here include tantalising locally produced wines and ouzo, an aniseed based spirit that is popular with the locals. You’ve probably heard of baklava and may have tried it at a Greek or Turkish restaurant at home, so you’ll be keen to try the dessert prepared authentically by locals while you’re here. Of course, seafood is one of the main classic dishes here, best experienced at Troulous or Kolios, quaint fishing villages on the coast.

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Families

Families

Skiathos is brimming with family-friendly attractions and places to visit. Of course, the long stretch of coastline, which boasts more than 60 idyllic beaches, is the main draw for many holidaying families. Skiathos’ main tourist beaches are topped with soft, powdery sands and have gentle shallow waters, making this an ideal choice of Greek island for family holidays. On the northern side of the island, the seas are much rougher, creating the perfect setting for a wide selection of water sports. Here you can enjoy everything from windsurfing to paddleboarding and jet-skiing, unforgettable days out that older, more outdoorsy kids will love. Active families will love exploring Skiathos’ dramatic landscapes, with a variety of densely wooded and hilly areas to explore that are free from bustling tourist crowds. For more relaxed activities, head to the Akkiton open-air cinema on Papadiamantis Street in Skiathos Town, where you can catch English films with Greek subtitles in a rustic atmosphere.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Skiathos has it all when it comes to outdoor pursuits and activities. Whether you’re looking forward to embracing a more active way of life than you generally have at home or are a seasoned fitness buff, Skiathos’ wide range of water sports is sure to have an option that suits your needs. The coastline here is the ideal setting for all types of water sport, from scuba diving and sailing, to paddle boarding and jet skiing. There are many excellent water sports schools here dotted along the coast, so you can benefit from expert tuition and feel safe under the watchful eye of a professional tutor if you’re heading out scuba diving. Holidaying in Skiathos puts you within easy reach of the best action and adventure attractions in the area, and an entire island boasting natural beauty to explore. If you’re keen to stay inland, there’s plenty of fantastic hiking trails set in the verdant pine forests in the area with everything from a challenging hike to a quiet ramble to try your hand at. To get your adventure off to a great start, kick things off from the village of Trolous, Kolios or the Achladies Area.

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