Skiathos holidays

The greenest island in the Sporades archipelago, Skiathos sports more than 60 stunning beaches along its beautiful coastline. Soft, golden sands stretch back from the shallow shores, before lush-scented pine forests and aromatic olive groves take over the landscape. Towards the seafront, you’ll find a busy marina brimming with boats, from expensive yachts to working fishing vessels.

With a vibrant nightlife, the island is ideal for couples, groups of friends, and fashion-conscious clubbers who want to be seen on the scene. However, there’s plenty if you’re looking for the quieter side of Greece. You can spend a day sightseeing in Skiathos Town or hiking through Koukounaries forest, making this an ideal holiday destination, whatever you want from your break. This island offers a beautiful atmosphere and picture-perfect views to dazzle and delight. Wander through the town centre and discover a wealth of shops, restaurants, and bars, or head down to the old port and enjoy an evening stroll in one of the idyllic gardens here. Discover Skiathos holidays today.

Things to do

Holidays in Skiathos are made even more memorable by the many beautiful beaches scattered across the island. With over 60 beaches to choose from, you could spend your entire holiday taking a tour of different sun-traps! While some promise a lively atmosphere with sunbeds stretching all along, others offer a secluded retreat to enjoy peace and quiet as you recharge and take in your surroundings. One thing’s for sure – the beaches scattered across this Aegean paradise are like no other.

If you manage to separate yourself from the powder-soft sands, you’ll find a wealth of things to do. Jump on a water-taxi and take a coastal cruise to some of Skiathos’ most fascinating attractions. Explore the island’s capital’s historical charms, or head up to the buzzing Banana Beach. Away from the shore, you’ll find pine forests to explore and wildlife reserves, for those who enjoy nature and superb photo opportunities.

Plenty of easy beaches

Skiathos has over 26 beaches, including some of the most impressive across all of the Greek islands. The beautiful surroundings of picturesque pine forests and crystal-clear waters add to the beaches’ natural splendour. Skiathos’ beaches range from stretches of soft, golden sand to pebble-strewn shallow bays, perfect for swimming. Kick back, relax, and forget your troubles as you watch the waves lapping gently against the smooth white shoreline.

Featuring a pleasant backdrop of lush greenery, Koukounaries Beach is one of the most popular hotspots on the island. This gently curving arc of fine white sand is made even more picturesque by the rows of cypresses and eucalyptus trees swaying softly in the breeze. Take a dip in the deep, azure waters before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many beachside tavernas. 

Venture a little further west and spend a day down at Big Banana Beach, where you’ll experience a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of activities to tickle your fancy. Sheltered by a mass of rocky hills, this beach takes its name from its crescent shape. It’s a particular favourite among sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. When you’ve finished topping up your tan, hop on a pedalo and take to the waters where you can enjoy outstanding views while working up an appetite for lunch.

Mamma Mia!

The old town of Skiathos is the island’s capital and one of the most popular attractions  across all of the Sporades Islands. The town’s charm and authentic Greek way of  life inspired the movie Mamma Mia, which adds to its appeal for many visitors.

If you’re a fan of Mamma Mia, you’ll be pleased to know that you can visit some of the film’s iconic locations in Skiathos. Head down to the harbour where the movie stars first stepped ashore. Filming down at the dock was made into a public, memorable event. Some locals were invited to play extras and tourists gathered around to watch. It’s also worth a quick trip to the picturesque Skiathos Princess Hotel, where the cast and crew are said to have stayed during filming.

Much of the film was also filmed on the neighbouring island of Skopelos, just 28 kilometres east of Skiathos. For a brilliant day out, hop on a Mamma Mia themed boat excursion and get set to discover even more amazing hotspots on this beautiful island. From the iconic chapel to the beaches where many classic anthems were filmed, recreate your favourite moments with a tour of these renowned spots. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you’ll want to take plenty of snaps throughout the day!

Peaceful Achladies Bay

On the east coast of Skiathos, you’ll find the sleepy village of Achladies Bay, surrounded by lush green countryside. The old fishing town still retains its natural charm, making it a peaceful escape for those looking for tranquillity away from livelier Skiathos.

Places to stay

A tenminute 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 coast runs between fragrant pine trees and the Aegean Sea’s shallow shore.

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If you’re looking to make the most of the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, book your Skiathos holidays between June and August, when the temperatures are at their highest.

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Flights from the UK land at Skiathos International Airport.

Skiathos is best for...

Beach lovers: With over 60 beaches from which to soak up the sun, it’s a slice of paradise for those looking for sun, sand sea.

Nature lovers: From scuba dives to nature reserves and some of the most spectacular scenery in Greece, nature-lovers will find plenty to see and do.

Families: Kids will love the family-friendly beaches and jumping in a water taxi for an adventure at sea.

Fast facts for Skiathos

Language: The language spoken is Greek. However, most of the locals have a good command of English, but will certainly appreciate your efforts, no matter how bad! So pack a phrase book or check out our handy app of simple phrases.

Currency: You’ll need to change-up your pounds and pence for Euros, before zipping off on your holidays to Skiathos.

Local time: Skiathos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Skiathos Airport. Transfer time to Troulos is 35 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Skiathos is 4 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found https://www.skiathos.gr/en/

 

Getting around Skiathos

By water taxi: Water taxis are a great way of seeing the coastline and a fun way to get to the best beaches. You’ll find the majority of water taxis at the harbour in Skiathos town, running to beaches, such as Kuokounaries, Kanapitsa, Tzaneriá and Achladias.

 By car: There are plenty of car-hire offices in the town, giving you the opportunity to see the destination at your own pace. There’s only one paved road travelling along the south coast; most of the others tend to be dirt tracks or gravel roads. Navigation is easy, but do remember that Greeks drive on the right and overtake on the left!

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, but it’s a good idea to check the price before you hop in. Taxis are easy to spot, as licensed cabs are silver in colour, with an on/off-duty light on the roof.

Events in Skiathos

Summer feast: In late July, the nearby town of Agia Paraskevi 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: If you’ve booked your holiday for February, you might be lucky enough to catch the Carnival. Carnival is big in Greece and, across the island, you can expect flamboyant floats, elaborate costumes, sizzling street food, live music, and fantastic fireworks! The carnival is the result of ten days’ worth of preparation and fasting, so don’t expect too much sleep on the night of the parade!

Skiathos weather

Temperature: Mid to high 20s (°C) for most of summer, peaking in the 30s (°C)  around July.

Best time to visit: Sun-worshippers should book their break between June and August, to make the most of the beaches and the nightlife scene.

The island enjoys long, hot summers with the sun shining the majority of the year. The mercury starts to climb in May and usually peaks in July and August, before cooling down in September. For cooler temperatures, but with plenty of sun, book your holidays to Skiathos in the spring.

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