It may be the smallest of the Sporades Islands but Skiathos (approximately 12km by 6km) with its sheltered south coast and naturally scenic north coast is the most famous, notably for its delightfully pretty beaches of which there are more than sixty. Koukounaries beach in the southwest, at the end of the main coast road from Skiathos Town, is the most attractive; it is named after the surrounding pine trees and boasts golden sands and clear Aegean waters along a shoreline more than a kilometre long.
As with many Greek island beaches, there are tavernas and bars plus sun umbrellas and watersports aplenty. In addition to the stunning coastline, Skiathos enjoys some interesting history principally as a resting place for travellers including those battling against Troy, and Jason and his Argonauts. Skiathos Town, the capital, is built on two hills and the iconic Bourtzi fortress, originally a Venetian Citadel, sits on a tiny peninsula between two harbours. The town’s narrow streets are lined with whitewashed houses and crammed with geranium and bougainvillaea. From the town, transport by bus is frequent and easy along the south coast, by boat, there are unmissable day and sunset trips and, by ferry, thrice-daily 90-minute transfers to Skopelos.
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The ideal village in which to be busy doing nothing. Located on Skiathos’ south coast, Agia Paraskevi has a pretty church and not even a handful of rustic tavernas. Platanias is the name of the beach, it’s sand and shingle, runs to over half a kilometre, and is very child-friendly with shallow waters, plenty of shade, snack bars and enough watersports to entertain the whole family. For more entertainment, Skiathos Town is a ten-minute drive away, although Platanias is a short walk, and offers livelier, but not lively, bars and tavernas.
Skiathos Town is one of the most delightful locations on the quaint island and has been attracting holiday-makers for decades. The old town, in particular, is perfect for immersing yourself in traditional Greek life amongst the narrow streets. The charming harbour boasts cocktail bars, restaurants and cafes and the superb beach of Megalis Amos is only a short stroll or bus ride away. This sand and shingle beach is well equipped with sun loungers plus, the shallow waters are perfect for families.
Whitewashed houses with terracotta rooftops gaze down from their lofty perches amongst the pine-clad hill-sides which form the backdrop to the seaside village of Vasilias. The long, sandy beach is the principle attraction of this sleepy hamlet. Daily life goes about its business, quietly in the village shops and cafes. Livelier bars and many more restaurants can be found in Skiathos town, about three kilometres distant. There is also a selection of beaches, from which to choose, at Megali Ammos and Koukounaries.
The long sand and shingle blue flag beach, lapped by shallow waters, dominates the life of this small village on Skiathos’ south coast. Day to day life carries on within the narrow streets of Megali Ammos, where there is a small selection of shops, minimarts and tavernas, and which is just a kilometre or so away from Skiathos town with its cobbled streets, whitewashed buildings, harbour, tavernas, restaurants, museums and open-air cinema.