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Achladies Bay

Achladies Bay Holidays

With its stunning coastline and peaceful atmosphere, Achladies Bay is a great area for those who are looking for a laid-back vibe on cheap holidays to Skiathos. The bay is in easy reach of all the cosmopolitan amenities in Skiathos Town, as well as the remote and more pastoral peninsular.

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Having fun in Achladies Bay

If you love watersports or feel compelled to relax on a sun-baked beach, then Achladies Bay is a wonderful base to centre your Skiathos holiday activities. It's straightforward to get to nearby Skiathos Town from here - simply hail a water taxi or catch a bus from the main road. Try taking the water taxi after the sun sets if only to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Achladies Bay has a couple of shops, as well as a bakery, and it's easy to find snacks and drinks at the beachside tavernas. Live music and WiFi access are just a few of the attractions these outlets provide. If you're looking for a wider range of shops, a vibrant nightlife and sailing opportunities then the short trip to Skiathos Town is worthwhile, returning later to the peace and tranquility of Achladies in order to relax.

Walkers will enjoy following simple goat tracks to the idyllic Kalamaki peninsula on their holidays to Greece. With its hidden coves and remote beaches, this location is great for simply getting away from it all. There are no buses to the Kalamaki peninsular from Achladies, but there are half-hourly water taxis from Skiathos Town.

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Watersports in Achladies Bay

Achladies Bay has its own watersports centre on the beach. If you want to spend some time exploring the area by boat, then you'll be able to hire one from the centre. Try out paragliding, water-skiing or even wakeboarding when spending some quality time at the beach. If these sports sound too exhausting, then simply hire a pedalo and cast out to sea. Thanks to its clear waters, Achladies Bay also offers wonderful opportunities for diving.

Unwind with a massage

If your sporting exploits have worn you out take advantage of a beach massage. Simply hire a sun bed and then indicate that you could benefit from this service. Skiathos Town has a fitness spa where you can have Pilates classes, and many other types of activities as well as saunas and massages.

Eating and drinking in Achladies Bay

If you don't feel like eating in your hotel or venturing to Skiathos Town, then there are a couple of outstanding tavernas in Achladies Bay itself. The beachside Paradise Taverna is situated just above the bay and from here you can look out onto the sea to the islands dotting the horizon. There is a playground attached to the taverna, which is a considerable asset for families with children. Take advantage of the fresh seafood menu, but be warned that portion sizes are very generous.

As well as beach tavernas, fresh produce is available from the local supermarkets, and the bakery with its delicious fresh pastries is popular if you're planning a picnic. If you're looking for a wider selection of bars and restaurants, Skiathos Town is always popular. For varied menus offering skate and swordfish as well as the more traditional Greek fare of salads and grilled meats, both the old and new parts of Skiathos Town have restaurants worth exploring.

Take a moon-lit walk

Apart from taking relaxing walks on the beach, discovering the local eateries or simply enjoying a night trip by water taxi on a beautifully clear moonlit night, many visitors explore the delights of Skiathos Town for their evening's entertainment. The town is popular with locals and visitors alike for its fashionable bars, parties and vibrant nightlife. There are also numerous arts festivals held throughout the summer months.

The top destinations for partygoers are by the harbour, which is great for outdoor dancing and exploring a whole variety of nightclubs, or Trion Hierachon Square in the old town, which is the home of the local jazz and contemporary music scene. Cocktails are in abundance at the bars situated close to the town's old port. Of course, you could always settle for a night of Greek bouzouki playing, washed down with ouzo or retsina - many of these bars stay open 'til dawn.

Looking for a different way of relaxing? You could always enjoy a movie in one of the town's two outdoors cinemas, Cinema Paradiso and Attikon. After all, not many travellers want to sit inside on a hot summer's night. Films are in English with Greek subtitles.

With its accessibility to other parts of Skiathos and its range of activities, Achladies is a great base for discovering the pleasures of this enchanting island.