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Skiathos Island

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Skiathos is the closest to the mainland from the islands of Sporades .
Skiathos is the closest land to the Sporades islands.

About Skiathos


Skiathos is 12km long and 9km wide and has more than 60 beaches. It is one of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands whilst still preserving its traditional charm and heritage. Skiathos is located at lat/long 39°10′ N 23°29′ E. Is a very green island covered by a thick pine forest and considered a protected environment. The Greek island of Skiathos forms part of the Northern Sporades islands which is a marine sanctuary and provides access to the best sailing in Greece.

 

Flights & Ferries to Skiathos


Many international flights fly direct to Skiathos and operate between April and October from many European airports, sometimes 15+ flights arrive daily. Please check ouo travel information pages and/or see your local travel agent. From the airport to the marina takes about 5/10mins by taxi at a cost of about 20 Euro and they will be waiting for you as you come out of the airport. Many ferries and hydrofoils are arriving from Agios Konstantinos, Volos or Thessaloniki, it is easy to get to Skiathos from Volos by ferry or by Flying Dolphin (hydrofoil)
It is 41 nautical miles away. miles from the capital of Magnesia, Volos, and only 2.4 miles from the coast of southern Pelion, is east of Skopelos at a distance of about 6 nautical miles, south of Euboea, which is 16 nm and north of it. the Thermaic Gulf and is 95 nm. from Thessaloniki. The area of the island is 48 sq. Km.

 

Skiathos: The “Bahamas” of Greece

Summer moments on “international” Skiathos and its cosmopolitan beaches! On the golden beach of Koukounaries, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds, with a hot blast of summer at the water’s edge as well as a chance to cool off as the sands dunes roll up to the shade of a dense pine forest. You run exuberantly towards the waiting waves, your tanned skin craving their silky, crystalline touch. Your adrenaline hits an all-time high as you skim around the bay on a jet ski. High spirits are infectious on Banana, with its pulsating beats to keep things cool and kicking! On Lalaria, the stunning alabaster rock amplifies the dazzle of the sun, making your day on the beach shine above all others.

World, beaches, history and atmosphere that drives you to the green island of Sporades

From lush pine trees to crowded bars and restaurants, Skiathos invites you to enter its climate. Cosmic, ideal for sailors who plow the Mediterranean and for those who require high-end tourist infrastructure, it counts fanatical friends from all over the world. Holidays in one of the most idyllic Greek islands. The beach service impeccable. Nights in Chora, strong. The beaches of Lalaria and Koukounaries, top in Greece. The 14th century Castle, the Strofilia habitat, the caves ...

The beauty of Skiathos spreads everywhere. Page, page as if it were a story by Alexandros Papadiamantis, the great Greek literary artist who came from here, you will come back and love it, because it is full of life. And as a proper hostess she ensures that all her guests go through unforgettable.

Worth a visit in Skiathos

The beach of Lalaria
This beautiful beach has made Skiathos famous all over the world. Ready to enjoy it? Green waters, white pebbles, tall, steep cliffs. Around boats and boats with people from all over the earth coming to enjoy this spectacle. The words are superfluous ... We're off to Lollipops.

Koukounaries and Strofilia Lake: Holidays in absolute nature
Discover the second most famous beach of Skiathos: Koukounaries. A vast, golden sandy beach, characterized as the most natural in the Mediterranean. It is embraced by a dense pine forest, behind which lies Strofilia Lake, a unique habitat that hosts rare bird species.

Chora and Bourtzi: mansion welcome
Entering the port, you are greeted by Bourtzi: a pine-lined island that houses the ruins of the Venetian fortress, built there from the 13th century. Opposite you, Skiathos Town stretches amphitheatrically with the houses with the red roofs and looks like it wants to break away from the sea.

Appointment on Papadiamanti Street
Every night an appointment here. Café-bars full of life, restaurants, taverns and stylish shops will give the island its rhythm. And they'll pull you in like Sirens ...

The Skiathos of Alexandros Papadiamantis
From here came the "Saint of Greek letters", one of the most important Greek writers. Time to get to know him. Papadiamantis house-museum is one of the most important sights of the island and you will find it in Chora. And in his short stories you will find another island: the original 19th-century Skiathos.

The Castle - a protector of pirates
You will discover it on the northernmost tip of the island. From the 14th century it protected the Skiathians from pirates. Today, its mysterious atmosphere will still envelop you. Here, the art is alive in 2 of the 22 old churches that have survived: magnificent frescoes in the Nativity of Christ and built-in pottery in Agios Nikolaos. A trip to Art on the Aegean background.

Beaches for all tastes Which to choose first? Big Banana, Troulos, Agia Paraskevi, Kanapitsa, Xanemos, Big Aselinos. The list is endless. Beach bars, taverns, water sports, umbrellas and sun loungers. The fun on the beaches of Skiathos has become an art.

The hidden treasures of Skiathos

The sea caves
Holidays mean exploration and the sea caves of Skiathos await you. A boat is enough and you will find them: Punta, Fonissa and Altans. Time for action!

The fry farm in Pyrgi
Pagan altar, Christian bell tower or Venetian tower? Find the circular building in Pyrgi, hidden in the oaks, and let your imagination go free.

The Monastery of Evangelistria
Its fortified walls resemble a monastery of Mount Athos. Since 1794 it is located in the northeast part of the Skiathos mountain range.

Skiathos has been inhabited since prehistoric times, probably by the Pelasgians and later probably by the Cretans. Since ancient times, it has always been called Skiathos. Later, the city of Skiathos was a constant ally of the Athenians, both in the First and Second Athenian Alliances. We do not have much information about the Byzantine period. It is known, however, that the island suffered greatly from pirate raids. The piracy phenomenon continued both during the brief Venetian occupation and during the Turkish occupation. Skiathos made a significant contribution to its navy in the Greek Revolution of 1821 and was part of the first Greek state.

Skiathos has rich vegetation and many beaches with the most famous being Koukounaries, Banana, Mikri and Big Aselino, Megali Ammos, Lalaria, Vromolimnos Kanapitsa, the island of Tsugria, Troulos, Agia Paraskevi, Agia Paraskevi Port of Xerxes, Anchorage, the small and large Kechia, the Great Glass, Xanemos, etc.

A chic crowd, first-rate beaches and a rich history lure you to this lush green island

From its deep green trees to its rockin’ bars and restaurants, Skiathos invites you to take part in its distinctive and spirited vibe. Perfect for those who demand high standards, it has long been a premier destination for cosmopolitan, international travellers, particularly those on yachts and sailboats cruising the Mediterranean. At its lively marina, boats of all kinds – many available for private charter – are docked side by side. Holidays on this idyllic Greek island are unforgettable.

The beach service is flawless. Nights in Hora are lively and fun and the spectacular beaches Lalaria and Koukounaria are among the best in Greece. The 14th century castle, the habitat of Strofilias, the caves... The beauty of Skiathos is everywhere. Young and thriving, but most importantly caring, the island and its locals make sure visitors will have an unforgettable time.

What to do in Skiathos

Lalaria beach: Beauty that knows no bounds
This dazzlingly beautiful beach and landscape put Skiathos on the map. Crystal clear waters, smooth white pebbles, steep cliffs that plunge into the sea. Little boats, yachts and day cruises carrying visitors from all over the world come to experience its splendour.

Natural wonders: Koukounaries and Lake Strofilias
Discover the second-most talked about beach on Skiathos: Koukounaries. Famous for its golden sand, this seemingly endless beach is considered one of the most natural in the Mediterranean. It is embraced by a dense pine forest, behind which is Lake Strofilias, a unique habitat that is home to a variety of rare birds.

Hora and Bourtzi: A stately welcome
Entering the port, you are welcomed by Bourtzi: a pine-wood islet that is home to the ruins of a Venetian fortress, built in the 13th century. Across the way, Skiathos’ Hora spreads along the landscape like an amphitheatre, with its cluster of homes with blossom-red rooftops.

Meet you at Papadiamanti St
This is the main meeting point every night, and where your holidays will take on the rhythm of the island. Cafes and bars throb with life, while restaurants, tavernas and stylish boutiques are sure to lure you in.

Local Legend: Alexandros Papadiamantis
Known as the "saint of modern Greek literature", Alexandros Papadiamantis was a significant and influential Greek writer. It’s about time you met him! Born on Skiathos, his work frequently features his birthplace. You will discover in his stories another side to the island, as it was in the 19th century. The Papadiamantis house-museum is located right in the centre of Hora, and is one of the most significant attractions in Skiathos.

Sail away ... to the castle
Although also accessible by land, a great way to arrive at beautiful, isolated Kastro (Castle) is by boat (if you don’t have your own, tours leave from Skiathos town daily). Located on the northern part of the island, it was built in the 14th century to protect the Skiathians from pirates. Today, its mystical allure is captivating. Admire the art in two of the 22 surviving churches and marvel at the murals depicting the Nativity of Christ and the ceramics of St Nicholas.

An infinite ring of beaches
There are so many terrific beaches to choose from that your dilemma will be where to go first. The list is endless: Big Banana, Troullos, Agia Paraskevi, Kanapitsa, Xanemos, Megalos Aselinos. With beach bars, water-front tavernas, umbrellas, sun beds and watersports, Skiathos’ beaches are a work of art.

Hidden gems of Skiathos

The sea caves
Holidays mean adventure and exploration – the sea caves of Skiathos await! As long as you have a boat (and it’s very easy to rent one) Pounta, Fonissa and Altanous are all waiting to be discovered.

The watchtower
Pagan altar, Christian spire or Venetian castle? Find the circular building at Pyrgi, hidden in the oaks, and let your imagination run wild.The monastery of Evangelistria

The stone walls look like a monastery on Mount Athos. Located on the northeastern tip of Skiathos, it has been there since 1794.

Skiathos: Let's go ... Banana !!!!!!!!!

In recent years, whoever you ask will tell you 'I'm going to Skiathos' this year! The island has become the absolute must-see for summer fun and nightlife, with the infinite beach bars giving the party a go until the morning. The most famous are on Banana Beach, where music and "spree" are strongly co-existent. For swimming, sunbathing, various types of cocktails and… extreme sports this beautiful beach of Sporades will keep you alert and prove you, because Skiathos is gradually emerging as the ultimate hot summer destination.

Skiathos has a tumultuous history after the island was crossed by Venetians, Byzantines, Ottomans and pirates which created a multitude of attractions! The island is known for its sandy beaches, lush vegetation and vibrant nightlife ... which is also the main reason for a holiday in Skiathos! The south side has a lot of fantastic beaches, such as Koukounaries, Banana, Agia Paraskevi, Kanapitsa etc. The countryside has some interesting monasteries that you can visit.

Traveling to Skiathos, there are daily cruises to the rest of the Sporades islands and to the villages of Pelion by Yacht Themis IV

Top 10 Reasons to Go Skiathos !!!!!!


The island of North Sporades has view, elegance, cosmopolitan air culture, award-winning beaches, luxury hotels, nightlife, great nature. Just behind the crowded resorts and bustling resorts, the magnificent island of Papadiamantis, which even has the privilege of being 70% of its land covered with forest, generously offers innumerable and unknown to its many hidden favors that will donate generously to those who choose it for their vacations and of course they are open to exploration.

In 2008 he was shot in Skiathos (and in the neighboring areas of Skopelos and Pelion "Mamma Mia"). As soon as you visit the old harbor you will immediately recognize the landscape where Merrill Streep turned the scenes of the project.


  • Bourtzi: Bourtzi is a small peninsula at the entrance of the port that divides the city into two parts. One fortress was built in the 13th century to protect the city, from which there are only a few ruins today. A great place with lots of pine trees ... perfect for relaxation!
  • Medieval Castle: Skiathos Castle is located on the north side of the island and is accessible either by boat or by foot. It is an entire medieval town built on a rocky hill. In the area there are ruins of old structures, churches, baths etc.
  • You will discover it on the northernmost tip of the island. From the 14th century it protected the Skiathians from pirates. Today, its mysterious atmosphere will still envelop you. Here, the art is alive in 2 of the 22 old churches that have survived: magnificent frescoes in the Nativity of Christ and built-in pottery in Agios Nikolaos. A trip to Art on the Aegean background.
  • The house of Alexander Papadiamantis: Alexander Papadiamantis is one of the prominent writers and poets of Greece. His house was built by his father in 1860, is simple and has two floors. Today it has been turned into a museum, with books, clothes and various objects by the author. Walking east of the city you will find it on a narrow impasse. From here came the "Saint of Greek letters", one of the most important Greek writers. Time to get to know him. Papadiamantis house-museum is one of the most important sights of the island and you will find it in Chora. And in his short stories you will find another island: the original 19th-century Skiathos.
  • Lalaria Beach: A beach famous for its round white pebbles. It is only accessible by boat (when weather permits), unorganized and has no shade. However, its natural beauty is simply stunning! On the right side of the beach, the rocks are like "sculptures" by strong waves and winds, creating a natural gateway!
  • Koukounaries Beach: This is one of the 7 best beaches in the world! Its famous pine forest reaches the water and gives the sea a unique emerald color. It is very large, with characteristically fine golden sand and excellent infrastructure! Its natural beauty is amazing! Just behind this beach, there is a lagoon which is a wetland with rare flora and fauna! Koukounaries and Strofilia Lake: Discover the second most famous beach of Skiathos: Koukounaries. A vast, golden sandy beach, characterized as the most natural in the Mediterranean. It is embraced by a dense pine forest, behind which lies Strofilia Lake, a unique habitat that hosts rare bird species.
  • The sea caves
  • Holidays mean exploration and the sea caves of Skiathos await you. A boat is enough and you will find them: Punta, Fonissa and Altans. Time for action!
  • The fry farm in Pyrgi
  • Pagan altar, Christian bell tower or Venetian tower? Find the circular building in Pyrgi, hidden in the oaks, and let your imagination go free.
  • The Monastery of Evangelistria
  • Its fortified walls resemble a monastery of Mount Athos. Since 1794 it is located in the northeast part of the Skiathos mountain range.

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