Skiathos is a little island with a lot of personality, blanketed with pine woodlands and an incredible assortment of sandy beaches. Holidays here are the epitome of laid-back, with drinks along the waterfront and hikes through the rugged green landscape inviting you to unwind.
Skiathos might seem like a tiny blip of an island in the Aegean Sea, but its coastal towns pack a lot in. The island itself is only 12 kilometres long and six kilometres wide. It's lined with beautiful beaches, pine forests and whitewashed buildings with terracotta roofs stacked high into the hillside, all of which make it into an incredible home base for a laid-back holiday.
There are a number of bus routes running throughout the island, which means getting between resorts and sandy beaches is easy. The vast majority of Skiathos is calm, cool and collected, with the slight exception of the bars, tavernas and shops of its capital, Skiathos Town.
On this Greek island, you can visit the stone walls of the 19th-century Evangelistria Monastery or window-shop along Papadiamantis Street – but no matter where you go, you won't be expected to do much more than lounge along the coast with a cool cocktail in hand.
This peaceful resort is blanketed in pine forests and boasts one of the best beaches on the island. It's a top spot for hikes and horseback riding along countryside paths, as well as lounging on the coast. What's more, lively Skiathos Town is only a brief drive away.
Because you're close to Skiathos Town, yet also far enough away to enjoy some resort hospitality, Megali Ammos makes for a great place to stay. Clear water and huge swathes of sand make the beaches here popular with tourists and locals alike, while the traditional meals will keep your stomach full and your energy high.
The sunny fairy-tale streets of Skiathos make for a fantastic getaway, with rustic streets and sleek beaches that give plenty of opportunities for rest and play alike. You'll find a host of accommodation options on the island, from villas to resort complexes to cosy family hotels, all minutes from the shore.
Although it's a small resort town, there's much hustle and bustle every day in Troulos. Holidaymakers flock to its pristine beaches, which are closely watched by lifeguards. The streets are steeped in history, while the influence of British expats means there's a taste of home among the culture and comforts you'll find here.
The majority of Vasilias accommodation is located right on the beachfront, or has panoramic sea views and a pool. Accommodation types include Bed and Breakfast, traditional Cyprus Inns and boutique hotels. There are also Self Catering options available, with many located on the beachfront with rooms overlooking the sea.