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Skiathos Holidays

One of the greenest Greek islands that has a coastline filled with glorious beaches, Skiathos holidays is perfectly placed to provide relaxing holidays in the sun.

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An idyllic island

Lying just off the east coast of mainland Greece, Skiathos is one of the smaller Greek islands but that doesn't diminish it as a superb holiday destination. Hotels, complexes and villas have sprung up along the coastal areas where the beaches are smooth and spacious, and the trees and fauna are at their greenest.

A marginal variation from this island's beach scene is the capital Skiathos Town. This area is a mixture of old and new but the large harbour is a terrific area of shops, bars and restaurants.

Much like the pine trees that line many of the beaches, holidays to Skiathos are calm, serene and beautifully peaceful. There is the occasional opportunity for a party by Koukounaries or in the capital but for the most part there will be no interruption to your getaway bliss.

Where to stay in Skiathos

Quick Tips

  • Greek Orthodox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 7,000
  • GMT +2

Beaches and forests

No matter which resort you choose to grace, you're guaranteed an excellent beach with plenty of space to call your own. With the majority of beaches emerging from the treelines, it is a wonderful contrast of colours with the beautiful blue of the Aegean Sea sparkling underneath the sunshine.

As well as the beaches, many of which are lined with convenient sunbeds and parasols to rent, there are more natural areas to discover. Koukounaries is home to a peaceful grassy park and also has rocky areas which lead to other beaches and coves.

There are many opportunities to get out onto the ocean via boat trips which leaves from the harbours and beaches of Skiathos.

The island is thousands of years old

Skiathos Town is the island's largest provider of cultural scenery with its old town and the 19th century monastery which is just 5km away. Set on the northern tip of the island, Kastro was once used as a fortress in the 14th century and has been involved in several conflicts since. It now sits in ruins but is still a enthralling place to tour around.

Aquatic activities

Water sports are available from every other beach and even if your quiet resort doesn't offer any, you won't have to travel far to find one that does. Platanias Beach has a water sports centre where you can water-ski and paraglide, Troulos Beach has a sailing school and the Aghia Paraskevi Dive Centre offers PADI qualifications as well as courses that can take you on a wreck dive as well as a night dive.

Settle in for the night or find a party

By night the majority of this island remains peaceful with a great selection of bars and tavernas to recline in as you enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine by the ocean.

There are two notable exceptions to this trend: Banana Beach by Koukounaries and the modern bars in Skiathos Town. Both are bustling areas of evening entertainment through the summer with Banana Beach offering a full summer programme of entertainment both day and night. Many of the trendy bars within the capital hold chilled atmospheres with the potential to turn into late nights on the dancefloors.

Great Greek gastronomy

Within each resort more than half of the restaurants will specialise in local Greek cuisine while the other options are likely to include Mediterranean, Italian and seafood meals.

The accompanying drinks for the majority of Greek restaurants include the national drink, Ouzo as well as Mythos lager or some of the locally made wines. Bottles of wine special to Skiathos can be purchased from the Panagia Evangelistria Monastery by Skiathos Town.

Capital shops

Some of the resorts in Skiathos provide supermarkets and a couple of souvenir opportunities like in Aghia Paraskevi, Koukounaries and Troulos but the capital is definitely the island's best source of retail opportunity.

With many shops and boutiques, Papadiamantis Street is the main shopping street. You'll find plenty of places to purchase clothes, accessories and other types of souvenirs while there is also a shop which exclusively sells decorative drift wood carvings.

Getting there

The average flight time from the UK to Skiathos is around 4 hours. The main airport is by Skiathos Town and the transfers to all resorts here are blissfully short. Lying on the east coast of the island, a journey to any resort will take no more than half an hour.

Within some resorts you can enjoy short walks into neighbouring towns like Troulos into Koukounaries or Aghia Paraskevi. There should be no need to hire a car here since the public bus service runs often to and from the capital.