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Holidays in Skiathos
A jewel in the Aegean Sea, Skiathos is popular for its spotless coastline and wild, natural beauty. Beach lovers will be in paradise with the choice on the coastline, from secluded bays to lively party beaches. Looking like something straight off a postcard, the coast melts back into rolling countryside covered in olive groves and wetlands. Skiathos’ compact size works in its favour; it’s easy to get about for day trips, like sightseeing in Skiathos Town or hiking through Koukounaries forest, making this an ideal holiday destination.
If you love the sun, aim for July which has the hottest temperatures, or else a little earlier in spring for slightly cooler temperatures.
Skiathos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
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A 10 minute drive outside island capital Skiathos Town, the little resort of Achladies packs a real punch for its southern coast location. The resort is the perfect choice for families looking for a quiet spot outside the hustle and bustle of the capital, while still being within easy reach of its attractions. To venture even further into Skiathos’ lush countryside, choose Troulos. Located in southwest Skiathos, the resort sits in rolling fruit groves and forest and is the best place for peace and quiet. Nearby Koukounaries is famous for one thing – the beach. A golden arc of spotless white sand, the beach runs between fragrant pine trees and the shallow, clear Aegean Sea.
There are around 60 beaches in Skiathos, and if you want to try them all, you’d better get started early. Soak up the sun and the sound of the sea in horseshoe bays like award-winning Achladies, or see for yourself the pine-backed beauty of Koukounaries. Jump on a water taxi and speed off to any resort you fancy, from the historic charms of the island capital or up to buzzing Banana Beach. If you fancy retreating into Skiathos’ wild countryside, find a walking trail and explore the thickly-covered hills, which open up into wildlife reserves with hidden lakes and spectacular views of the coast.
Skiathos is perhaps best known for its beaches, boasting some of the most beautiful on the Greek islands. The Mediterranean good looks of Koukounaries attracts visitors from all over to lie on its silky white sand and swim in the warm, clear waters. You’ll find protected bays with narrow ribbons of sand where you can relax among the pine trees, or shift up a gear at Banana Beach. Just a kilometre up the coast from Koukounaries, Banana Beach is party central with bars playing music all day and well into the night, and is one of the best places in Skiathos for water sports.
As well as its picture-perfect coastline, Skiathos is renowned for its wild and unspoilt countryside. Resorts like Troulos are surrounded by thick pine forest and soaring hills, many of them featuring signposted walking trails that can guide you through everything from a brief stroll to a six hour hike. Koukounaries forest is one of the best places in Skiathos for exploring nature, where the pines conceal a natural lake home to many species of migratory birds. The lake is a wildlife refuge, and something of a haven in the peaceful forest.
Skiathos is a small island, and whichever resort you pick you’ll be perfectly placed to explore. You could hire a car and navigate the island’s sun-drenched coastal roads to see neighbouring resorts, or else go by water taxi. Departing from the famous Koukounaries beach, water taxis zip you around the island to wherever you want to go. It’s well worth a day trip to the island capital of Skiathos Town, with its spectacular natural harbour speckled with bobbing yachts. The town has some of Skiathos’ best attractions, including impressive historic sights like the town’s old monasteries and Venetian remains.
Beach lovers: From the famous sands of Koukounaries to the party crowds of Banana Beach, beach lovers will find paradise.
Nature lovers: Skiathos’ attractions don’t stop at the coast. Inland you’ll find miles of unspoilt forest, lakes and nature reserves.
Families: Kids will love Skiathos’ family-friendly beaches and jumping in a water taxi for an adventure at sea.
Language: The language spoken in Skiathos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Skiathos is the Euro (€)
Local time: Skiathos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Skiathos Island International Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Skiathos tourist information can be found www.skiathos.gr/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Skiathos.
Temperature: Mid to high 20s (°C) for most of summer, peaking in the 30s around July.
Best time to visit: If you love the sun, aim for July which has the hottest temperatures, or else a little earlier in spring for slightly cooler temperatures.
Skiathos enjoys long, hot summers with the sun shining the majority of the year. The temperature starts rising in May and usually peaks in July and August, before cooling down in September.
By water taxi: Based all around the island, water taxis are the best way to hop between resorts and beaches. In resorts like Skiathos Town, the taxis are around €5 and run every hour to the likes of Achladies or Koukounaries beaches.
By car: If you’re interested in resort-hopping, hiring a car is the best way to get around in your own time. The island is small and easy to navigate, and there are a number of car hire companies that can get you sorted.
By taxi: For transport from the airport, or back to your hotel after a night out, the easiest way is by taxi. There are taxi ranks at the harbours on the waterfront, and it’s a good idea to check the price before you hope in.
Summer feast: In late July, the town of Agia Paraskevi in Skiathos celebrates its patron saint of the same name. The town comes alive with live music, Greek dancing and different stands, and the locals light candles in their church in commemoration.
Carnival: In February during the run up to Lent is the famous Carnival. Skiathos celebrates Carnival in style, with a week of crazy costumes, parades, feasts and parties in the street. Carnival finishes with the biggest party of the week with firework displays and dancing until the early hours.