A truly breathtaking beach
Kolios Beach gives life by the sea a new meaning. Locals and tourists alike flock to this idyllic strip of golden sand to enjoy all the spoils of beachside living. The bay is sheltered from the Aegean winds, making it a great place to get involved in some watersports. If you've got little ones, they'll be able to paddle safely under supervision in the shallows while you're out speeding across waves on your water-skis.
There is a little strip of tavernas and bars on the bay, but the beach has kept itself free from big touristy complexes. This gives the cove a feeling of exclusivity - now you're in on the secret too. A minimart also skirts the shore, so you'll be able to stock up on sun lotion, inflatables and snacks for a picnic on the sand. Plus, there are enough parasols and loungers to go around.
Skiathos Town is just down the road
The island's capital of Skiathos Town is a city with a difference. Whether you're looking to stock up on local Greek spoils, fill the fridge in your hotel room with local wines and snacks, or party the night away , you can do it in this historic old town. The markets are colourful and buzzing with life. The traders love an opportunity to haggle, so if you're up for the challenge you can get some real bargains.
The winding streets hide a number of booming clubs and lively bars, which play all manner of music from live jazz to drum'n'bass. Greece has its own traditional music styles, with bouzoukia and rembetika top of the list. In Skiathos Town you'll find a number of clubs which specialise in these genres, and make for an unbeatable authentic Greek night out.
Join the festivities
Every summer, Skiathos takes part in the Aegean Festival which lasts from June to September and celebrates all the pleasures of Greek island culture. For those who aren't yet in the know, this means sardines and souvlaki grilled on the streets, local wines running like water, and energetic live music dancing until well into the early hours of the morning.
Skiathos Town is the main hub for all of these festivities, but you often see them overflow into smaller villages like Kolios Beach too. Once you've got a taste for the celebrations you'll be coming back for more day after day. A number of cultural events top off the festival semi-regularly, including live theatre and folk music, all held under the open sky at Bourtzi theatre in the capital city.
Skiathos is where the box office hit Mamma Mia! was filmed in 2007. Since then, the island has made it their mission to offer visitors tours which show off where the most beautiful bits of the film were shot. If you love ABBA, Meryl Streep or just want to see some breathtaking beaches, jump on one of the many boat tours that leaves from Skiathos Harbour and see for yourself why this island was chosen ahead of all the others.
Where to stay
Kolios Beach is unbeatable for seaside holidays. This quaint village is a true escape from city life, but is never too far away that you can't get in and out of Skiathos Town if you want to. If you're visiting during the summer, you'll find the whole island is alive with celebration, and you'll find it more than easy to fit right into the party.