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|THE BEACHES AND NATURIST BEACHES OF THE ISLAND OF SKIATHOS IN GREECE|
The island of Skiathos is covered with pine forests and has excellent beaches, good connections by ferry and a busy international airport. A lot of well to do British and Italians know to find their way to the island. It is also known as the "Mini Corfu". As many of the small islands Skiathos has only one village of importance (Skiathos City) and no other true centers. Skiathos Town is located in a bay with islands around it. In the harbour most of the restaurants can be found and in the old harbour you will find the excursion boats. The prices (in the restaurants, etc.) are slightly higher than average on a typical Greek island.
Most hotels on Skiathos are located outside the city along the south coast of Skiathos, where the only road of the island is running. It goes through the woods and passes many bays with beaches. There is also good bus service between Skiathos town and the coastal villages on the road. It is also easy and inexpensive to take a taxi. The most visited beach is Koukounaries Beach, completely in the west of the island. Behind Koukounaries lies the naturist beach Banana Beach.
The north coast of Skiathos is quiet and is barely inhabited. There can be some wind from time to time on this side of the island. On the north coast are two more beaches: Elia and Asselinos (with camping), a popular destination for people that like it more quiet. It is also more quiet on the east coast, with the beaches of Xanemo (with camping) and Lalaria Gialos, that can be reached by boat from Skiathos town. Lalaria Beach is a beautiful beach with white photogenic pebbles.
For sightseeing on the island there are the home of the poet Alexandros Papadiamantis, the beach-island Tsougria (accessible by boat excursion vanauit Skiathos town), the blue cave on the east coast, the medieval center of the island, Kastro, the monasteries of Kounistra and Evangelistria and the beach of Lalaria with its cliffs and white pebbles. These places are all accessible by an excursion from Skiathos Town.