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Skiathos Holidays

This charming Greek island is renowned for its natural beauty and unspoilt Greek charm. From its traditional tavernas tumbling with colourful flowers to its soft, sandy beaches, it's impossible not to fall for Skiathos.

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Skiathos Town
Approx 7,000
Greek Orthodox
GMT +2

A taste of traditional Greek like

Possibly the most typically Greek of all of the Greek islands, there was no better location to film the blockbuster hit musical 'Mamma Mia!'. If your life has already been enlightened by Pierce Brosnan belting out ABBA hits on a beach, then we don't need to describe Skiathos' natural beauty to you. But if you're not lucky enough to have seen this stellar performance, think small villages of close-knit families set amongst green pine forest that stretches down to meet golden sands and clear, blue sea. Typical towns consist of little blue and white houses, with terracotta roofs and colourful flowers tumbling from their facades, and tavernas that spill out onto the winding, cobbled streets.

At just nineteen square miles, Skiathos is a small, scenic and full of traditional Greek charm. It's intimate yet secluded and is the perfect relaxation destination if you're looking to escape the world. In summer temperatures soar to 30°C but it does tend to rain quite regularly throughout the winter months, so we'd stick to a summer holiday if we were you.

Skiathos has a native population of just 5,000 people but welcomes up to 45,000 visitors each year with open arms and shots of local 'raki' – just make sure you get your towel out early. Having said that, Skiathos boasts 60 beaches, so there is more than enough sand to for everyone. If you're used to the Ibizan atmosphere then take a trip to lively Banana Beach. Its beach bar blasts out mellow beats during the day and it's the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea. Troulos beach is much more tranquil and is popular with families, whereas plane spotters should head to the shingle beach at Xanemos where planes fly just 150 feet above your head. The stunning Lalaria Beach, with its dramatic cliffs and arch formation, is a contender for the best looking beach in Greece. It can only be reached by boat, so make sure you book onto a day trip before they fill up.

Places to Visit

Il Kastro

This deserted town lies in ruins, but extremely fascinating ones with a few churches that are still in full working order. The views are tremendous and there's a small beach for relaxing and enjoying a refreshing swim.


Sail over to the small neighbouring island of Skopelos where you'll experience whitewashed buildings, blue domed roofs and quaint little villages with cobbled streets and welcoming harbour side tavernas.

The National Marine Park of Alonnisos

Set sail through the largest marine protected area in Europe spotting rare Monk seals as you sail around the tiny islands that make up this region.

Local and low key

Skiathos is hopelessly romantic. Couples can enjoy strolling hand in hand along sun-drenched tracks or indulge in fine Greek cuisine overlooking the boats bobbing amiably in Skiathos Town harbour. Seafood is really popular and during the day it's not uncommon to see freshly caught octopi hanging out to dry. You won't find any wild nightlife here, and no clubs will thump 'til dawn, but if you're a culture vulture then sit back and watch the hotel entertainment, where colours whirl as locals dance in traditional dress, or head down to a local taverna for some live folk music.

Getting around the island is easy. There are regular buses that visit all of the major beaches and Skiathos Town. Car hire is also a good option though, as some of the more secluded beaches and attractions are harder to reach by bus and it would be a real shame to miss out.

Naturally charming

Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and scuba diving are all popular activities in Skiathos, as is sailing on a chartered catamaran. Inland is Skiathos dog shelter, which has stolen the hearts of visitors the world over. Bring a toy or some treats and take one of their dogs out for a walk in the forest – it's a fun way to do your good deed for the day. Skiathos has some interesting historical sites too. In the north of the island, you can explore the old medieval city of Kastro. Bourtzi is a thirteenth century Venetian fortress in the harbour near Skiathos Town that occasionally holds music events and concerts. The Evangelistria and Kounistra monasteries, set in the hills surrounded by pine and cypress trees, are beautiful places to take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere of Skiathos.

So if you're looking for a traditional Greek island that just 'ouzos' – get it – with cosmopolitan charm, then Skiathos is the perfect holiday destination. And with its sister islands of of Skopelos and Alonissos being just a half hour ferry ride away, you have the choice of three unspoilt islands to explore.

Location of Skiathos

Average monthly temperature (°C) for Skiathos
JanuaryTemp: 9°C
FebruaryTemp: 10°C
MarchTemp: 11°C
AprilTemp: 15°C
MayTemp: 19°C
JuneTemp: 23°C
JulyTemp: 26°C
AugustTemp: 25°C
SeptemberTemp: 22°C
OctoberTemp: 18°C
NovemberTemp: 13°C
DecemberTemp: 10°C