Many beaches, many faces
Because the island is so small, you won’t ever have to choose just one beach to call home on your Skiathos holidays – ambling along one set of shores will take you to another. Many of the beaches feature watersports centres, and you’ll see water skis, kayaks and windsurfers gliding over the waves, as well as sunbathers stretching out on the sand. You’ll also have the chance to hop between towns on boat cruises – or make the short trek out to the nearby island of Skopelos, where ABBA enthusiasts swoon over the place made famous in the movie Mamma Mia!
The shores at Troulos offer more secluded coves, while Kanapitsa brings in the chic factor with not one but two Blue Flag beaches. And then there are the more party-centric shores of Koukounaries, where you can watch the sunset from waterfront bars – and then watch it rise again.
Family-run tavernas and ouzo-filled nights
Skiathos houses a series of traditional villages, so it comes as no surprise the cuisine here is delightfully Greek. That means you’ll be treated to dishes heavy on fresh seafood and oven-cooked lamb – not to mention waterfront views, as many of the island’s restaurants are located along the coast.
Greece is famous for its ouzo, which you won’t be able to avoid when visiting Skiathos, along with Mythos lager and special bottles of wine made by the monks at the Evangelistria Monastery.
When it comes to nightlife in Skiathos, most resorts dial down the energy with glasses of wine at local tavernas and traditional Greek music played live. Skiathos Town is where you’ll find a collection of trendy bars and the occasional disco, while Koukounaries’ Banana Beach plays host to waterfront parties day and night. Wherever you choose to stay on Skiathos, you’ll never be far from its many small towns, so after-hours playtime can always be on the agenda.