Aside from being the sister island of Skopelos, Skiathos is also considered the smallest inhabited island in the Sporades archipelago. But don’t let its size deceive you. Skiathos has managed to become an unspoiled, breathtaking, premier holiday destination for the island nation of Greece.
Despite being gifted with fantastic natural attributes like dramatic landscape and beautiful beaches; Skiathos also somehow possesses a cosmopolitan side. It boasts a bustling nightlife. The central hub for entertainment on the island has got to be the pedestrian street by the Old Harbor. Here, you will find a slew of bars and clubs that host youngsters and party revelers until the wee hours of the morning. Another notable nightlife area is Ammoudia, which is situated on the road that leads to the airport. This area is known for its huge open air clubs. Aside from the consistent nightlife. Skiathos is the regular venue for concerts, art exhibitions and cultural events during summer.
The island is the only one of the Northern Sporades islands that maintains an airport. And its capital and biggest settlement, Skiathos Town in the east, is also served by regular ferry and hydrofoil services that connect to neighboring islands like Alonnisos and Skopelos. Skiathos town is a new and modern resort equipped with impressive tourist facilities.
The town’s most notable landmark is its natural harbor, which has also become a yacht and sail boat docking area. Some of the attractions in town include the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and its museums; the Kastro (castle) and the former home of the renowned author Alexandros Papadiamantis that has been turned into a museum. The other prominent towns, villages and even resorts on Skiathos are mostly found along the island’s southern coast.
Skiathos has more than 60 beaches and inlets to choose from! A number of these spots boasts golden sands and that famous aqua marine clear water that the Greek isles are known for. The most famous among these sandy stretches is the pine forest adorned Koukounaries (Golden Sand), which is often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Mediterranean region. Koukounaries is home to a campsite and a selection of tavernas. Another beach you should consider visiting is Banana Beach, also known as Krassa Bay. Banana is popular for its bar parties and water sports facilities. Western beaches like Mandráki, and Small and Big Asélinos are more low-key, serene and barely receive visitors.
Troulos and Koukounaries are two of the most prominent resorts in the southern coast. Outdoor and beach lovers absolutely adore these two spots because of the abundance of water sports opportunities offered here. If you wish to experience the more rugged and unadulterated side of the island, venture to its northern side, where mountainous terrain rules. This is a great region to experience some serious hiking adventures.
A number of visitors use the abandoned town of Kastro as the gateway to exploring the north. Just off the coast of Skiathos are smaller islands waiting to be visited. You can easily arrange for a boat to bring you to these most gorgeous islets that are generally devoid of people. Boúrtzi is one example of these alluring islands. It is known for its lush vegetation, outstanding panoramas and the ruins of a Venetian fortress built around 1207. Boúrtzi has developed a reputation of being one of the most romantic places on Skiathos