The island of 60 sandy beaches
Skiathos may be small, but it serves up big doses of scenery. This Greek isle is edged by some of the best beaches in the Aegean, and they’re complemented by clear blue waves and an emerald countryside. For the biggest concentration of golden sands, head south, where you’ll find sleepy villages like Troulos.
Even though Skiathos is a small island, it has over 60 beaches, and there is at least one for every taste: Koukounaries is one of Greece's most famous beaches - a long sandy beach with beautiful surroundings, taverns, snack bars and water sports, Agia Paraskevi - a perfect beach for the family, Lalaria - a white pebble beach you only can reach by boat (Jason and the Argonauts was partly filmed here). The north side can get quite rough, and the beaches there are not so suitable for children.
Restaurants & Nightlife
The nightlife in Chora is quite busy, especially during high season, but fortunately, most discos are on the "Disco Strip", at the end of the new harbour towards the airport. There are little bars everywhere, but the busiest street is Polytechniou street, or "Bar Street". Koukounaries also has quite a few places.
Even though Skiathos is such a small island, there are quite a few things to see. In Skiathos torn, Chora, there is the old part with tiny winding streets and old, impressive houses.
There is also the Bourtzi, a tiny peninsula in the harbour which used to be a Venetians citadel, with remains of the 13 century wall and canons. Here, you can enjoy concerts, art exhibitions and puppet shows for children in the open air theatre.
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How to get there
Skiathos has an airport, so you can either get there from your home country or via local flights from Athens. The flight from Athens takes about 35 minutes. The Flying Dolphins are hydrofoils that go to and from the mainland (Volos and Ag Konstantinos) every day. The larger ferrybots also arrive several times a day. A couple of times a week there is also a ferryboat from Thessaloniki.