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Holidays in Skiathos

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, to be replaced by lush, perfumed pine forests and aromatic olive groves. Towards the seafront, you’ll find a busy marina brimming with bobbing boats, from expensive yachts to working fishing vessels. With a vibrant nightlife, the island is popular with 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.

10-27 °C

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.

Approximately four hours.

Flights from the UK land at Skiathos International Airport.

Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Skiathos today and discover for yourself the island’s award winning, pine-lined beaches stretching between beautiful Greek fishing villages.

Recommended offers in Skiathos

Skiathos Palace Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking Koukounaries beach
  • Rooftop restaurant
  • Courtesy bus to Skiathos Town

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Based on 10 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Muses Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking a nature reserve
  • 200m to the resort centre
  • Close to the beach

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Based on 259 reviews

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Based on 14 reviews

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Skiathos Premier

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for families
  • In resort centre
  • 300m from sandy beach

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Based on 243 reviews

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Based on 9 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Filia Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Beautiful sea views
  • Troulos centre 100m
  • Relaxing location

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Based on 407 reviews

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Based on 5 reviews

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Bourtzi Boutique Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • In the centre of Skiathos Town
  • TripAdvisor award-winner 2016
  • Outdoor swimming pool

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Based on 512 reviews

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Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Esperides Beach Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning sea views
  • Near the beach
  • Watersports facilities

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Based on 680 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Elizabeth Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 600m from resort centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Quiet location

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Based on 126 reviews

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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.

With over 60 beaches to choose from, you could almost spend your entire holiday taking a tour of different sun-traps! However, if you do manage to tear 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 historic charms of the island’s capital, 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.

Skiathos’ biggest attractions are its beaches, drawing over 150,000 visitors each summer, who all come here to kick back on the golden sands. The shoreline shelves gently in to the aquamarine waters, providing excellent conditions for novice swimmers and those with little ones. Many beaches offer a superb variety of water sports, such as water-skiing, while you’ll find the beach bars and nightclubs up towards Banana Bay.

In addition to its sweeping, sandy coastline, Skiathos is well known for its wild and unspoilt scenery. Head towards Troulos for walking trails that’ll take you through dense, perfumed pine-forests and over rolling hills. To get to grips with the flora and fauna, the forest at Koukounaries is home to a tranquil, natural lake and a variety of species of migratory birds. Pack a picnic and your camera and prepare for a fascinating and rewarding day out.

The destination’s compact size means that you’re never far from something to see or do. If you’ve topped-up your tan and fancy something of an adventure, head to Tzaneriá Beach, where you’ll find guided diving excursions in the crystal-clear waters. The sand-strewn crescent of Banana Beach is the perfect spot for water sports and for plugging into the vibrant nightlife. Alternatively, explore Skiathos’ Old Town and dip into its rich past, visiting ancient monasteries, the imposing cathedral and ragged Venetian ruins. Once you’ve got some sightseeing under your belt, relax and enjoy a leisurely drink at one of the harbourfront cafés. 

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

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: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Skiathos Island International Airport 

Flight time from UK: Approximately four hours

Tourist Information: Further 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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


GETTING AROUND

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

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!


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