A Blue Flag beach
The beach at Koukounaries is one of the most loved in Skiathos. Clean and clear, with calm waters, this strip is perfect for families with young children who love to paddle in the shallows. If you're looking to get a tan there's more than enough sand to go around - over a kilometre in fact. Loungers and parasols are available to hire, or stretch out on the soft sand and soak up the sun.
If you want something a little livelier, the Banana Beach is just a 10-minute walk along the coast. Here you'll find a great bar complete with cocktails, DJs and dance parties. Watersports are popular on Koukounaries beach too, with waterskiing leading the way in popularity among locals and tourists alike. This beach has it all, and with the pine forests shading it from view, you can rest easy that it'll be your little secret.
Take a trip to the island's historic capital
Skiathos Town is just 20 minutes away from Koukounaries, making it the ideal choice for a day trip. If you're looking for a change of scenery from your pine-scented paradise, Skiathos Town will welcome you in to its cosmopolitan streets.
Picturesque and interesting, the markets in the capital sell the best fruit and veg for you to stock your apartment or hotel fridges with. Perhaps you're looking for a souvenir - you'll find it here. There are so many different handmade trinkets or local wines and spirits, there's no way you'll be going home empty-handed.
Skiathos is also a hotbed for nightlife. Youth culture drives so many of the Skiathos Town districts, meaning bars, clubs and live music venues are always springing up. You can go out dancing to anything from live rock 'n' roll to chart bangers, witness jazz odysseys or watch a Greek tragedy. Whatever your taste, Skiathos Town is your best bet for a great night out. Plus, most places don't close until the last customer leaves so you can keep going as late or as early as you like.
You'll find that public transport runs regularly to and from Skiathos Town, so there's no need to worry about getting back to your little homestead in Koukounaries.
Explore the countryside
The sprawling pine forests surrounding Koukounaries are amazing for hikes. You can choose one of the countless country paths which lead to all sorts of hidden gems on the island. If walking just doesn't cut it for you, then go on horseback. This unique experience will have you trotting between pines, up mountains and onto beaches in no time. You'll see lots more from atop your horse.
Koukounaries has a great number of tavernas, many family owned, which specialise in local Greek dishes. If you've never tried Hellenic cooking, you're in for a treat. There are lots of fish and meat dishes, especially on islands where the fishing and farming industries are massive.
For vegetarians there are a number of great alternatives which make use of the country's juicy vegetables and intense herbal flavours. International restaurants are also scattered around Koukounaries, if you're in the mood for something a little different.
Where to stay
Koukounaries sits on the western coast of Skiathos, the island where Mamma Mia! was filmed in 2007. The resort's location makes it one of the most peaceful places to watch one of the most breathtaking sunsets available anywhere on the island. Surrounded by fragrant forests of pine trees, the atmosphere is magical. Plus, it's got a number of great bars and restaurants and is only 20 minutes away from the capital of Skiathos Town.