A guide to things to do in Skiathos

The Greek Island of Skiathos comes with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean Sea. Take a dip in the water on your Skiathos holidays, or head to the whitewashed capital of the island, Skiathos Town, where the shopping and nightlife has attracted A-list celebrities like Kate Moss in recent times.

Head to the beach

The island is one of the greenest of all the Grecian isles, and many of the beaches that edge Skiathos emerge from a pine-forest backdrop. The beaches on the southern side of the island have more facilities and are more organised than those in the north – but they’re also busier – while some of the northern ones are terrifically secluded.

Koukounaries is probably the most famous beach on the whole island, and also the busiest. The sand is beautifully fine and white, while pine trees line the scene. The beach is totally unspoilt – one of the least touched in the whole of the Mediterranean.

Shop 'til you drop

Skiathos Town offers some serious shopping for anyone who loves it. Papadiamantis Street has a strong selection of larger retail outlets, ranging from boutiques to local fashion shops. This area is also a good choice for little gifts and electrical goods.

Eat and drink like a king in Skiathos Old Town

The ancient quarter of Skiathos Old Town is a web of winding alleyways and whitewashed houses. There are plenty of authentic tavernas knocking around in this area – easy-going places for all ages. Be sure to try local favourites on your holidays to Skiathos, like pan-fried prawns and suckling pig. Also make sure you try saganaki in the tavernas – it’s a deep fried cheese that can also be picked up on street stalls.

Catch the sunset in Agia Eleni

Agia Eleni is located about 20 minutes’ drive from Skiathos Town, or a 10-minute taxi-ride from Achladies Bay on the west coast. There are several lovely restaurants and bars here, all providing undisturbed views of the sea. You can also hop on a sunset cruise from Skiathos Town – complete with food and dancing. When it’s a full moon, the scene over the water is almost too beautiful to be true. Take your significant other for a meal and a walk on this night in Agia Eleni if you can.

Get loose in the evenings

Skiathos Town offers a pretty lively nightlife scene, with bars and clubs aplenty. Head to the conveniently named Bar Street for karaoke and live rock, and later make way for Disco Strip where the pop and techno clubs are.

Football fans should heard to Phedrock Bar to catch a match, the owners are a lot of fun and there’s a wide choice of cocktails too.

Get water-sporty at Megali Ammos Beach

Megali Ammos Beach is only a five-minute drive away from the capital. The watersports centre on the beach here is super popular, and offers a choice of water-skiing, jet-skiing and banana rides, as well as pedalos. The watersports leave from the east end of the beach, so if you want a bit of peace and quiet, or a drink, then head to the western end where there’s a lovely shack bar.