Perched as it is in an insulated bay on the south-eastern coast of the island Skiathos, Katsarou appears to be almost playing hide and seek with mainland Greece. Once you arrive in the secluded hillside town for your Skiathos holidays, you might feel like you are doing the same with the rest of the world. A seductive sleepiness presides over the village, with whitewashed villas stacked on top of each other providing the perfect backdrop to an idyllic getaway.
A gentle stroll downhill takes you to the beach, offering unparalleled ocean views and ample shady spots for an afternoon siesta underneath the verdant vegetation.
The gorgeous golden sands of Katsarou beach are an ideal way to while away many an afternoon, just a stone's throw from the centre of the village. Katsarou's diminutive size means that you're unlikely to have to fight to find a place in the sun – or indeed, in the shade. A cluster of leafy trees back onto the beachfront, providing plenty of opportunity to escape the midday heat.
As for the water itself, the waves are every bit as calming and tranquil as the pace of life in Katsarou town. For refreshment, there's a small beachside cafe, a daytime bar and a larger traditional Greek taverna nestled amongst the trees halfway back up the hill.
For those looking for a livelier break, the island's capital, Skiathos Town, is a mere 15 minutes away and is home to a plethora of souvenir shops and amenities, as well as plenty of upbeat nightlife spots.