Whether you’re after the old-school charm of a Greek town, buzzing nightlife, getting to grips with some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, or you want to laze on a beach and catch some rays, you won’t have time to wonder what to do in Skiathos. Combining a fascinating cultural history with all the trappings of an elegant beach paradise, Skiathos has become an increasingly popular holiday hotspot for families, couples, and groups of friends.
It’s especially popular with groups of hens, possibly as a result of its appearance in the movie, Mama Mia, although we can’t promise you’ll find Pierce Brosnan! Whatever you’re looking for from your holiday, there are plenty of things to do in Skiathos, which will leave you with long and lasting memories.
Hit the beach
With over 60 beaches spread out along its glorious coastline, Skiathos is perfect for those who want to get some serious sunbathing under their belts. However, while there are plenty of secluded bays and tranquil coves, there are also some beautiful beaches to visit, if you prefer things a little more up-tempo. The most famous of these must be Banana Beach; a stunning sweeping sandy beach located on the west coast. If you don’t have a car, it’s a short bus-ride from Skiathos and you’ll be rewarded with beach bars brimming with snacks and beverages, a wonderful array of watersports, and some great music.
Blue waters and Blue Caves
Getting to the best beaches needn’t be a problem. If you’re looking for things to do in Skiathos, hop on a boat and take a cruise around the island. There are cruises available from the harbour and you’ll be treated to a view of the Blue Caves: a series of secret caves and grottos carved into the cliff faces. After that, get out your sun-block and pay a visit to Lalaria Beach. It might seem a bit pebbly, but this is one of the most popular sunspots on the island, blessed with clear-blue waters: perfect for a spot of snorkelling.
See the Old Town
For those who are wondering what to do in Skiathos without having to hit the high seas, a stroll around the Old Town could be in order. A guided tour will see you finding out about its famous inhabitants and indulging in a cheeky glass of wine in one of the rustic tavernas. Alternatively, explore the cobbled streets yourself and hunt out the romantic atmosphere of the harbour, or make your way up to the magnificent and imposing Bourtzi Castle.
Take a trip back in time
If you want to dig deeper into the island’s past, look out for the Sacred Church of the Archangel, which you’ll find in the hills near the town. A medieval church, it’s surrounded by lush vegetation and natural springs which were once thought to have held healing properties. Nearby, you’ll find the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Evangelistria Monastery. The monastery was founded in the 16th century and now houses religious artefacts, including 17th century manuscripts and rare books. If you don’t fancy the walk, there’s a regular bus from Skiathos, up into the hills.
Whatever you want from your downtime, you’ll find there are plenty of things to see and do in Skiathos.