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The island of Skiathos in the Sporades in Greece - the island of pine tree forests and sandy beaches
Skiathos is one of the Sporadic islands in the north of Greece. None of these islands is really big, and Skiathos is no exception. From the four main islands this one has the best beaches, most of them very sandy and very large, but also almost all of them organized with facilities / sunbeds / parasols etc. There's a bus going from the main town, which makes a stop at practically every beach on the east and the south of the island and then goes back again. There are beds and parasols almost everywhere you go and there are plenty of accommodations and restaurants to choose from. There are bars and clubs where you can have a good time in the evening and the night and terraces where you can have a cocktail while you stare at the sea or at the people that pass by. Skiathos is a stylish island with a touch of class that seems to be attracting people that have a bit of money to spend.
This may be nice for some people, but personally I prefer the more unspoiled kind of beaches, which are more difficult to reach and where you just throw your towel in the sand. We found one beach like that in the north. I think it was called Asselinos, but I'm not 100% sure. The bus doesn't stop there and you have to walk a bit before you reach it. It's a nice walk though through the forest over a sandy path. This is one of the few beaches where you can swim in the nude (like on one of the 'Banana-beaches') if you like. A couple of beaches like Lalaria are not serviced by the bus, and you can reach by kaik from Skiathos town. The beach in Skiathos town itself is situated close to the main road. Better beaches are for instance Agia Paraskevi (big), Koukounaries (also big) and Troulos (smaller, but overlooking a very pretty small island), but there are lots of others.
The main town of Skiathos is rather big and busy, with a lot of white houses with red tiles, and typical church-towers. It has a nice long boulevard with shops, restaurants and terraces where you can sit down. Some of the streets are souvenir-heaven with lots of leather-shops, shoe-shops, shops that sell souvenirs of glass and ceramic, and supermarkets. There's also plenty of restaurants to choose from. The town has a new harbour and a more quiet old harbour with a lot of kaiks (traditional Greek wooden boats) and small boats.
The ferries to and from Skiathos arrive in the new harbour and here you also find the modern boats of the tourists that visit the island in a more stylish way. The boats for the daytrips to the islands like Alonissos, Skopelos, Kyra Panagia, Tsougria (a small beach island) and other islands you find in the old harbour. They all leave early in the morning around 9 or 10 o'clock. It's best to check the price of the tickets before you jump on, because we found there was a big difference depending on which boat you took.
Although Skiathos town has some charm of its own, some parts of it are quite busy, too busy in my point of view, especially around dinner time. You can find some peace and quiet on the islet of Bourtzi, which is connected to Skiathos town by a small road. Here you find no cars and the view is beautiful. I really enjoyed drinking a cocktail or an ouzo there in the evenings.
The beaches and the naturist beaches of Skiathos island 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.
Some facts about Skiathos Island
Skiathos is an island that is part of the Northern Sporades island group, located in the northwest of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to Greece. Skiathos has a surface area of 61km ≤ and a population of about 3300 people. The highest point of the island is 424 m. The island is covered in dense pine forests. It is an island that attracts many people because of the long and white sandy beaches with the surrounding trees and the clear seawater, and especially in the months of July and August it is often busier than elsewhere. The island has many tourist facilities.
Many taxi boats provide a trip around the island including a visit to Kastro, the most beautiful beaches, the hardest to reach beaches (including Lalaria), three caves and there are day trips to the nearby islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Organized tours with the "Flying Dolphins' visit Thessaloniki, Delphi and Meteora. Of these excursions, the latter is made by a wooden boat. Another excursion is a 2-hour walk on a path that starts in Skiathos town and leads to the ruins of the castle, the Kastro, located on the north coast of the island. Kastro is the ancient capital of the island.
Accommodations on Skiathos Island
There is a wide variety in accommodations on the island of skiathos, from Luxury hotels, apartments and studios to basic rooms in pensions. Below are a few examples of these accommodations. If you would like to see more and check availabilites and prices or make a reservation for a hotel in Skiathos you can click here.
Skiathos Island Hotels - Babis Studios in Skiathos Town
Situated in the centre of Skiathos Town, overlooking the old harbour, Babis Hotel offers great value rooms and studios, close to the port and Skiathosí vibrant nightlife. Each of Babis Hotelís rooms and suites offers modern and fully equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities and a dining area. Enjoy beautiful sea and harbour views from your window as you prepare meals. Babisí lovely rooftop terrace is an excellent place to relax, soak up the sun and watch the boats coming into the harbour. The friendly owners are available to help with any information you may need to further enjoy your stay. The central location of Babis allows you to fully explore all that Skiathos Town has to offer. The lively bars and restaurants are just a short walk away. The port is just 200 metres from Babis, which is ideal for those short stays and day trips.
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Skiathos Island Hotels - Stelios Studios - Megali Ammos Beach, near Skiathos Town
This small property offers 6 comfortable studios for 2 people and one 2 bedroom apartment. Stelios Studios are situated 350 metres from Skiathos town centre and 70 metres from Megali Ammos beach. Guests of the studios can use the swimming pool of the nearby Palmira Studios. At Stelios Studios, you will enjoy a friendly, family atmosphere. Enjoy clean accommodation and peace and quiet away from the noise of the town yet close to the sea
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