Koukounaries holidays

You’ll find this stunning island escape at the western end of the island of Skiathos, sitting pretty against a mountainous backdrop and fragrant pine forests. Holidays to Koukounaries (that’s Greek for pine cone) will take you to a traditional town with one of the finest beaches anywhere in the Aegean. Make the most of the glorious summer sunshine and relax on the beach, or head out to the turquoise sea to tackle watersports adventures. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family, Koukounaries holidays have something for everyone.

Things to do

Koukounaries’ legendary Blue Flag beach is a big draw for holidaymakers. Here you can bask in the sun amid spectacular surroundings, before heading for an alfresco dinner at one of the chic beachfront restaurants. If you’re feeling energetic, you can make the most of thrilling water sports on offer here, including reef walking and diving. And if you want to take a break from the beach and explore local culture, why not pay the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria a visit? 

 

Beautiful beaches

If you’re going to Skiathos for a relaxing beach holiday, then Koukounaries is the place for you. Head down to the picture-perfect gold-sand Koukounaries Beach, and settle down on a sun lounger for a restful day with a good book. Or seek out Hidden Beach, a secluded little stretch where things are nice and quiet.

Great activities

When it’s time for some action, you can take your pick from a wonderful set of activities to get the pulse racing. Try watersports like jet skiing and waterskiing, go on a sailing trip around the coast, or take things at your own pace and hire a boat for the day. Drop anchor in a quiet little cove as you look for a secluded patch of paradise to call your own.

Super attractions

Koukounaries is ideal for all manner of holidays, whether you’re going away with your family, friends or partner. There are some fantastic attractions that you can visit, including the impressive Castle of Skiathos and the Monastery of Panagia. Skiathos Town is a lovely spot to spend an evening, where you can wander the narrow streets looking for a family-run taverna for dinner. Try local specialities like moussaka or have a crisp Greek salad while a guitar player strums traditional folk tunes by your table.

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Skathios Island National Airport (JSI / LGSK).

Koukounaries is best for...

Beach lovers: You can top up your tan as you sit back on the sand, while soaking up the unspoiled natural beauty that surrounds you at world-class Koukounaries Beach.

Outdoor enthusiasts: Away from the beach, you can head out into the picture-perfect hills covered with lush pine forests for an adventure in nature. There are trails to suit beginners and experts alike. 

Sightseers: Explore the relics of Koukounaries’ past and take a daytrip to the medieval fortification of II Kastro (or Castle of Skiathos). The views from here are magical. 

 

Fast facts for Koukounaries

Language: The language spoken in Koukounaries is Greek.

Currency: The currency used in Koukounaries is Euro (€).

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

Fly to: Skiathos Airport. The transfer time to Koukounaries is 40 minutes.

Flight time from the UK: The Koukounaries flight time is 3.5 hours.

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Getting around Koukounaries

By taxi: They’re readily available in Koukounaries. It’s worth bearing in mind that it’s actually cheaper if you flag one down on the road rather than calling in advance. But it’s still a good idea to ask for a fare before you hop in. 

By bus: Local buses are a cheap and convenient way to explore beyond the resort, and a great way to meet the locals! Services to Skathios Town operate regularly through the day. If you’re travelling in summer, be prepared for a tight squeeze - it can get really busy at this time of year. 

By kaiki: Once a traditional Greek fishing boat, kaikis are now used to transport visitors to the some of the more isolated beaches and islets, as well as the nearby islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Kaikis depart from Skiathos Town in the morning and return in the evening.

Events in Koukounaries

Skopelos Music Festival: For two days every June, singers and musicians from the local region and beyond perform at various venues throughout Skopelos town. You can even join in yourself at one of the Skopelos Singing Workshops that coincide with the festival. 

Agios Georgios: In April, the whole island of Skiathos celebrates the feast of Agios Georgios with horse races followed by an open panigiri (or festival), where locals tuck into delicious dishes, and dance the traditional Kamara dance. 

Aegean Festival: Throughout the summer, Bourtzi (small peninsula that separates the port of Skiathos in two) plays host to theatre shows, art exhibitions, concerts and film screenings within the ruins of an old fort.

Koukounaries weather

Koukounaries starts to warm up mid-spring, with temperatures hovering in the high-teens (°C) by June. If you like it hot, book your holiday to Koukouanaries for summer; this peak season sees highs of 29°C, so make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen as the sun’s UV index can be pretty high. However, the seasonal winds take the edge off the heat and make it pleasantly hot, rather than blast-furnace unbearable! Rainfall starts to pick up the in the autumn, but temperatures still remain in the high-teens. Winter is the coolest month of the year, but even so temperatures rarely drop below 9°C throughout the season. 

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