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Weather and climate

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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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.

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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: 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 http://www.skiathos.gr/en/

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

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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!