Make the most of Skiathos for less than you thought
Of all the Greek islands, Skiathos’ pine woodland, coastal beauty and cheerful little towns make it a great place to retreat from the world, and it’s only three hours and 40 minutes direct from the UK by air.
Cheap deals to this popular Greek destination do exist in the high-season summer months, but its laid-back island atmosphere and inexpensive pleasures are made even cheaper if you book in the low season months. During these months, prices take a tumble but the temperatures stay nice and high.
In the main community of the island, Skiathos Town, there’s a great mix of relaxation and activity. Watersports off the coast are always on the go, while a stroll around the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria – accessible by car or foot – costs nothing yet inspires much. It also hosts plenty of local artists and musicians looking to make you smile along with local tavernas ready to dish up large servings of local hospitality and cuisine.
Not far from Skiathos Town is sunny Troulos, where natural beauty surrounds the authentic Greek tavernas and villas. You won’t spend a penny seeing the majestic sights of the woods and shores, and when the evening comes, lazy drinks by the sea cost next to nothing. For foodies on a budget, check out Koukounaries on the west coast of the island, where family run restaurants and traditional tavernas ply you with rich meats and fine wine.
Cheap days out in Skiathos
Skiathos welcomes tourists, though its relatively undeveloped state makes for tons of natural sights, as well as historic places to visit – all for free. The beaches also reinforce the idea that the best things in life are free. Quiet and inviting Koukounaries Beach is regarded as one of the most unspoilt in the world, adding the perfect serenity to your time away while Troulos Beach mixes pale sand with nearby fir trees that offer shelter from the sun.
Watersports including waterskiing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddleboarding on a budget can be enjoyed at Megali Ammos Beach, while Skiathos Town has plenty of pubs pouring cheap and tasty pints. It’s also a great place to window shop, and savvy bargain hunters have been known to come home with all manner of treasures gleaned by walking off the beaten path.
Other popular holidays in Greece
Greece has much to offer for money-conscious holidaymakers. While each island has its own personality, they all can be reached on a budget, including idyllic Zante, and slower-paced Corfu with its luscious forests. For a true trip into the past, Rhodes is among the largest of the islands and full of grand nights out.
Skiathos remains a superb choice for a memorable cheap holiday though, offering fantastic value for a memorable getaway. You can find out more about this sublime destination via our Skiathos travel guide. To help plan your trip, we’ve also listed the best cheap hotels on the island below.
Calling Troulos your second home for next to nothing is easily accomplished here. This hotel is a 10-minute walk from the beach and is surrounded by shops and amenities. Your room has a hairdryer, mini-hob and other essentials to let you charter your own course, although nearby eateries keep the local flavours coming.