Pick your moment
Due to its southern latitude, Greece enjoys almost year-round shorts and t-shirt weather and Kanapitsa is no different. July and August are predictably the most sweltering months, with temperatures regularly climbing above 30°C, days offering over 12 hours of uninterrupted sunshine and very little chance of rain.
For the more active traveller, the spring and autumn months may be a better time to visit, due to the cooler climate that lends itself to hillwalking, sightseeing or other moderately strenuous pursuits. From April to October you can reasonably expect the thermometer to surpass 20°C, and even during the winter months the mercury rarely falls below 10°C, though there will be a higher chance of a downpour or drizzle.
It's all about the beach
Undoubtedly the most popular pursuit in Kanapitsa is doing absolutely nothing at all. The twin beaches at the foot of the town share everything, from the sun and sand to the deep blue sea itself, so there’s always plenty of room to lounge around and soak up some rays. Both are Blue Flag accredited, ensuring the highest levels of safety and cleanliness for you and your family, and come equipped with all of the modern facilities such as sunloungers, toilets and lifeguards.
For those looking for a more private and secluded escape, the hidden coves of Delfiniki and Koutsouri are connected to the town by a wooden walkway which can be crossed in a matter of minutes.
All out at sea
If you prefer your beach break to involve a little more activity, you can earn your stripes at the accomplished scuba diving school at Tzaneria Beach. A mere 10-minute stroll from Kanapitsa, the school offers classes to suit all abilities both in the morning and afternoon, while the crystalline waters are the perfect place to take in all of the colourful flora and fauna beneath the ocean’s surface.
Meanwhile, adrenaline junkies can also get their fix at Tzaneria. Wooden huts along the beach provide a number of watersports opportunities, including jet ski rental and water-skiing courses. Alternatively, you could bring out the inner sailor in you by joining one of the many cruise boats which circle the bay, offering great views of the town from offshore.
Calling all history buffs
Though tourism has infringed upon the daily life of Kanapitsa somewhat, once the ferries leave the port it quickly recovers its aura of a sleepy fishing hamlet, and many a pleasant hour can be spent strolling around the whitewashed walls of the town.
Meanwhile, aficionados of Greek history will be delighted by the proximity of two of the island’s most important ruin sites. Around 10 kilometres away, the magnificent Epidaurus Theatre is quite simply one of the most spectacular theatres of the ancient realm. With a capacity of up to 12,000 people, the site dates back to the 4th century and is a real treat for all enthusiasts. Nearby is the Sanctuary of Asklepios, a hillside dwelling consisting of four staggered terraces dedicated to Hippocrates.
Fine dining and nightlife
The rustic charms of the many tavernas dotted around Kanapitsa will win over your sensibilities, while your senses will be wowed by the succulent dishes on offer. Go local with a light Skiathos mezze – a variety of salad including calamari, artichoke hearts and fried courgettes – or indulge yourself with a hearty souvlaki or moussaka. The classic baklava makes for an excellent way to round off any meal, while a glass of brandy never goes amiss.
For those in search of a little local colour when the sun goes, it’s best to head into Skiathos Town. Just a stone’s throw away – or 10 minutes in a taxi – the island’s capital offers a plethora of karaoke bars, sports bars, nightclubs and discotheques. Most of the action is to be found along the waterfront – especially if you plan to party on until the morning light.