Famous for its protected Blue Flag Beach, Koukounaries is a picture-perfect town on the western coast of Skiathos. Warm weather, turquoise waters and fragrant pine forest surroundings have made this town a hit with scenery lovers in search of a relaxing island escape. Take advantage of the glorious sunshine to learn a new water sport, or spend your holiday in Koukounaries reflecting from one of the many beach bars.
Temperature: 9-26 °C
Koukounaries experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and mild winters.
Flight time from UK:
Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
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Koukounaries’ legendary Blue Flag beach is one of the resort’s main draw cards. Go there to bask in unspoiled surroundings, or to enjoy an alfresco meal at one of the beach restaurants lining its fine white sand. More active types can take advantage of Koukounaries’ favourable climate to enjoy a variety of interesting water sports, including reef walking and dolphin diving. For a break from the beach, the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria is a fantastic place to go for a cultural insight of the town.
With its fine white sand and fragrant pine forest surroundings, it’s no wonder the beach is one of the most famous attractions in Koukounaries. Often considered the most unspoiled natural beach of the Mediterranean, this sandy stretch is well organised with chairs, umbrellas, water sports and beach bars. Nearby tavernas and eateries offer a charming place to cool off and watch the world go by.
Feel the calming stillness at the Monastery of Panagia. Situated on a hillside north of Skiathos Town, this peaceful monastery is one of the best places to go in Koukounaries for a taste of the island’s cultural history. Inside, you can look forward to three chapels, a library and a museum with a variety of relics.
With its warm Mediterranean climate and gentle coastal winds, Koukounaries has great conditions for water sports. From scuba diving and snorkeling, to reef walking and sailing, there are a variety of water-based things to do in Koukounaries. New divers can take their first plunge with registered instructors. There are several diving centres in the area that can show you the ropes as part of a short course. For everyone else, the usual water sports that you would expect, such as snorkels and pedalos, are available at Koukounaries Beach.
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: Skathios Island National Airport is located approximately 14km from Koukounaries
Tourist information: Further Koukounaries tourist information can be found here
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Koukounaries, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health
Beach Lovers: Soak in the unspoiled natural beauty of Koukounaries Beach.
Scenery Admirers: Take the perfect picture against a stunning backdrop of fine white sand and lush pine forest.
Sightseers: Explore relics of Koukounaries’ past on a day trip to II Kastro Castle.
Koukounaries starts to warm up mid-spring, with temperatures hovering in the high-teens (°C) by June. Summer is a popular time to visit Koukounaries. The season sees highs of 29, but seasonal winds keep the weather bearable. Rainfall starts to pick up te in the autumn, but temperatures remain in the high-teens. Winter is the coolest month, but by no means cold. Temperatures rarely drop below 9 throughout the season.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Koukounaries. It’s cheaper if you flag one down on the road rather than call in advance, but we recommend you agree on the fare before you set off.
By bus: Local buses are a cheap and convenient way to explore outside the resort. Services to Skathios Town operate regularly through the day. Be prepared for a squeeze if you’re travelling during the popular summer season.
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.
Skopelos Music Festival: For two days in June, singers and musicians are invited to perform at various venues throughout Skopelos Town. Join in yourself at the singing workshops that coincide with the festival.
Feast of Agia Georgios: In July, join the locals as they mark the Feast of Agia Georgios with music, dancing, food and drinks in the streets of Skiathos Town.
Bourtzi Festival: Throughout the summer, the Bourtzi fortress plays host to a series of theatre shows, art exhibitions, concerts and film screenings.