A small paradise
Skiathos - At a Glance
The lush island of Sporades is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and is a timeless destination for a cosmopolitan holiday with great beach life and nightlife.
Natural beauties, scenic landscapes, a combination of turquoise sea, religious and historical monuments, appropriate tourist infrastructure and intense nightlife. It is the closest island to the mainland located near the southern coasts of Pelion, Volos and Euboea island. The island is full of dense pine forests and olive groves that reach its shores. Two small lakes, the one of Agios Georgios in Chora and Strofylia in Koukounaries are important wetlands with countless species of endemic and migratory birds.
Those who want to explore the wilderness of the island have the opportunity to follow the 25 hiking trails, 197 km in length. These are cleaned paths, with sufficient markings and varying degrees of difficulty.
Did you know
The name of the island comes from the Greek word “shadow” because of the many trees, or that the island is under the shadow of Athos (mountain of Chalkidiki).
Bourtzi, the Venetian fortress, dominates a small peninsula that separates the commercial from its old harbor. There are many churches, monasteries and chapels Scattered on the island. Many churches are located within the Castle of Skiathos, most notably the Monastery of the Annunciation. In the city of Skiathos, the Metropolitan Church of the Three Hierarchs, the patron saint of Skiathos, keeps the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary of Eikostrias and the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, where the icon of Panagia Odigitria is kept. You can also visit the uninhabited island of Tsougria, with beautiful beaches and exotic color and the wetland of Lake Strofilia.
Explore the narrow cobbled streets and admire its mansions
Despite its large size, the island has only one settlement, the town of Skiathos.
Skithos town is built amphitheatrically from the beach to the surrounding hills. In the central pedestrian street, you will find dozens of shops with souvenirs, gifts, commercials, small taverns and cafes. The most beautiful part of the settlement is the old town, at the western end and over the old harbor, with the narrow cobbled paths.
The famous Koukounaries beach, with the golden sand, is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece. Also famous is the Lalaria Beach, pebbled and the special rock with the arch, a natural sculpture, a trademark of the beach. Other beaches are: Xanemos, Megali Ammos, Achladies, Vromolimnos, Agia Paraskevi, Great and Small Aselinos. Also Banana, Mandraki, Xerxes Harbor, Kechria, Castle, Troulos and the beach of Tsougria Island.
Alexander Papadiamantis House
The house where Alexander Papadiamantis grew up and died has now become a museum. It is located in the pedestrian Papadiamantis street. Visitors can see personal objects of the great Greek writer as well as some of his manuscripts.
The remnants of the first settlement of the island are located at the northernmost point of Skiathos. Today, some churches, a section of the wall with the gate and ruins of buildings are preserved, while efforts are being made to rebuild some houses and churches.
A small pine-covered peninsula, transformed into a place of recreation and entertainment. Here is a municipal cafe, while during the summer there are cultural events.
Church of the Three Hierarchs
It is a royal three-aisled church, built in 1846, located in the center of the city and it houses holy relics and the icon of Panagia Kounistra which was found in 1650 and is the protector of the island.
One of the most exciting experiences in Skiathos is the boat trips. You can go to the exotic Lalaria and to the Kastro beach to the north of the island (from where you can walk up to Kastro) or visit the uninhabited Tsougria islands – with three beautiful beaches, a fish tavern and the church of Ag. Floros and Arkos with its unique beach.
Skopelos, however, over its spectacular beaches, is also an ideal place for excursions.
Sporades Marine Park
It is the largest marine park in the Mediterranean. It stretches north of Alonissos and hosts the Monachus monachus (Mediterranean Monk Seal), as well as other rare species of flora and fauna. Several boats do one-day excursions to the park’s accessible areas.
If you like Skopelos, then you will fall in love with its little… neighbor. The beautiful beaches and the picturesque Chora will delight you.
Food and Nightlife
Skiathos does not have its own local specialties, but the visitor has an infinite choice of tastes and restaurants, ranging from classical Greek skewer to restaurants that offer French, English, Spanish and Italian cuisine. Fresh fish and seafood are offered in plenty to all the island’s taverns, most of which are concentrated in the town of Skiathos. If you want to enjoy a meal overlooking the Aegean Sea, you will find many good taverns in Koukounaries, Kanapitsa, Agia Paraskevi, Megali Ammos and Skiathos port. Do not miss out on the delicious spoon sweets made on the island and especially the “white”, sweet of the spoon made with almonds.
Atmospheric bars, beer-shops, live music, fast-paced and bustling clubs are everywhere and waiting for you!
The island is ideal for cycling, exploration, strolls on impressive paths, bird watching, fishing, but also a variety of marine activities that will surely keep your days full.
• Horse Riding: at the “Skiathos Riding Center”, Nikos Drakos, tel .: 24270-49548, 6994 555553. Site: www.skiathos-horse-riding.gr
• Athletic riding: at the Sporades Horse Club, tel .: 6936 517360 (Mr. Michalis Spanodimos).
• Trekking in forest paths: Victoria Sands (guided tours and walks): tel .: 6976 789570. Group of Skiers of Skiathos (Skiathos). Useful information in the book “Discover Skiathos by walking”.
• Diving: Skiathos Diving Center: tel .: 6977 081444, 6979 580041 (Mr. Panagiotis Dioletta). Site: www.skiathosdiving.gr
• Bike: Skiathos Mountain Bikes: tel .: 6989 403985 (Christos). Site: www.skiathosmountainbikes.com and www.skiathosmtb.com
• Tour of the island with the ship “Kalypso”: Lambros Choumas: 6978 094966.
How to get there
Skiathos, like the rest of the Northern Sporades, is connected by ferries to Volos and Agios Konstantinos with conventional and high-speed vessels, as well as flying dolphins of ANES, Aegean Flying Dolphins and Hellenic Seaways.
In the summer there is a ferry connection with Thessaloniki as well as with Kymi in Euboea. Finally, if you arrive in August, try to book your tickets as early as possible.
• by speedboat or conventional ship from the ports of Agios Konstantinos (Mainland Greece) and Volos
• a conventional ship from the port of Thessaloniki during the summer season
For those who live in foreign countries ask for charter flights to Skiathos.
By Bus – Skiathos is well served by public bus.
By Car & Moped –Car rental offices in Skiathos can be found in the port of the island, Chora and Skiathos airport. Parking spaces are available everywhere on the island, although many hotels offer private parking to their occupants. The roads are in good condition, although there are signs that are relatively narrow and require special attention
By Taxi – The taxi stand is at the end of the waterfront.
By Boat – To visit the more isolated beaches, take one of the excursion boats.
Port Authority: 24270-22017, Airport: 24270-22049 Customs: 24270-22510, Flying Dolphins: 24270-22209, Ferry Boat: 24270 22204, Police: 24270-21111, Health Center: 24270-22222, Pharmacies: 24270-29898, 24270 -21230, 24270-22666, 24270-24090. Taxi Station: 24270 24461, Tourist Police: 24270 23172,