Skiathos (Σκιάθος in Greek) has extraordinary energy and feeling that lies in its thick greenery and cool bar and restaurant life. If you have high standards, then you’ll appreciate this Greek island, as it is a destination for posh, international travelers, even those coming in on yachts and sailboats. When you spend your holiday in Skiathos Greece, you’ll see that its marina is always filled with boats docked side by side, you can even rent one to take out on the sea yourself!
As you sit in your lounge chair on the the most popular Skiathos beaches, which are Lalaria and Koukounaria, you will find that the servers are always ready to bring you a lemonade refill. Every moment in Skiathos will be filled with something beautiful and entertaining for you, from the 14th-century castle to the habitat of Strofilias, and the caves to the nightlife in Hora. You’ll fall in love with the locals, who always go out of their way to help you and make your stay special.
Things to Do in Skiathos Greece
Lalaria Beach: Infinite Beauty
This is the breathtaking beach which has given Skiathos its reputation of a must-visit island. You’ll have to see it to believe it. The waters are crystal blue, the beach covered in smooth, white stones, and surrounded by jagged cliffs which extend into the sea. You will find yourself exploring the island with visitors from all over the world on your choice of small boat, yacht, or day cruise.
Nature’s Delight: Koukounaries Beach and Lake Strofilias
Koukounaries is the second most popular beach on Skiathos, and in contrast to Lalaria, it is an endless stretch of golden sand. You are in the depths of nature at this beach surrounded by a pine forest, behind which hides Lake Strofilias. Make your way to the lake and observe the home of various species of rare birds.
Established Skiathos Villages
Hora and Bourtzi
You will come upon the island at Bourtzi, the port which is home to the ruins of a 13th-century Venetian fortress. Direct your eyes across, and you will notice the red rooftops of Hora standing out against the horizon.
Papadiamanti Street: The Meeting Spot
Your calm days at the beach will slowly morph into nights on Papadiamanti Street, where you will flow with the lively energy in the bars, restaurants, tavernas, and boutiques.
Alexandros Papadiamantis: Legend of Skiathos
Alexandros Papadiamantis was a famed Greek writer. He is known as the ‘patron saint of modern Greek literature.’ Born in Skiathos, his stories often took place on the island, depicting it as it was in the 19th century. As you walk through Hora, you will find the Papadiamantis house-museum, which is one of the most popular attractions on this Sporades island.
The Castle: By Boat Tour
You cannot get to the secluded Kastro (castle) any other way than by taking a boat. Boat tours leave from Skiathos Town to the Kastro on a daily basis, so you will have plenty of opportunities to go. Kastro was built in the 14th century, on the northern part of the island as protection against pirates. It continues to be a captivating and beautiful monument to visit. When you get there, you will see the art of 22 surviving churches, including ceramics of St. Nicholas and a depiction of the Nativity.
Skiathos Town for All
There are so many beautiful beaches on the island of Skiathos that planning your visit will prove difficult. Some of the beaches you should be sure to step foot on include Big Banana, Troullos, Agia Paraskevi, Kanapitsa, Xanemos, and Megalos Aselinos. Skiathos cares most about your optimal enjoyment, and most beaches have beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas, water sports, and tavernas.
The Secret Treasures of Skiathos
Be adventurous – rent a boat, and make your way to the beautiful sea caves. Pounta, Fonissa, and Altanous will welcome you in for exploration.
When you discover the circular building at Pyrgi, your mind will try to answer the question of why it’s hidden among the oak trees and for what it was once used.
Monastery of Evangelistria
This monastery on the northeastern tip of Skiathos has been there since 1794. It resembles one of the classic monasteries of Mount Athos with its stone walls.