Skiathos is the most popular of the Sporades. It has much to offer people of all ages. An extension of the wooded Mount Pelion, Skiathos is a green island with forests and abundant water. There are fig, olive, plum, and almond trees as well as grapes.
As you will be entering the port of Skiathos, the characteristic piney peninsula with the ruins of the Venetian fortress and the neoclassical buildings of the old school shall welcome you. This green and blue island has only one main settlement, which is also the capital and main port.
Skiathos pulses with lush green vegetation, extended sandy beaches, piney refreshing regions and crystal clear waters, while numerous magnificent settlements that are outspread all over the impressive landscape embellish the island in a unique manner.
The capital of Skiathos is built amphitheatrically on the southeastern tip of the island in a windless bay, the only natural port on the island. Skiathos’s architecture has been influenced by the Venetians and can be seen by the red tile roofed white houses with balconies and narrow alleys, which create beautiful scenery.
On the other part of the island one can find many various rooms, apartments, hotel complexes, studios units and summer beach resorts. There are also campsites available.
Because it is a very cosmopolitan little town, Skiathos Town has plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and clubs opened all night long and offering all kinds of music for everyone. Most of the entertainment is located in the main street Papadiamanti and on the seafront. Snack bars can be found in great quantity as well as luxurious restaurant such as Italian or a Greek restaurant functioning in a renovated windmill, which is located on the highest hill of the town, overlooking the sea and the island.
The open-air Cinema Paradiso on Papadiamanti Street shows recent Hollywood movies and offers a nice ambiance with little chairs, a garden and a snack bar.
There is also the Bourtzi, a tiny peninsula in the harbour, which used to be a Venetian citadel. Here, you can enjoy concerts, art exhibitions and puppet shows in the open-air theatre.
The House of Papadiamanti is the only museum of Skiathos, located in the heart of the capital.
The Monastery of Evangelistria, The Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin, The Monastery of Panaghia Kounistra and The Cathedral of the Treis Ierarches (Three Bishops) are worth visiting too.
When visiting the monasteries, don't forget to wear a long skirt and to cover your shoulders if you are a woman, and to wear long trousers if you are a man.
You can also visit the medieval capital Kastro, either by going on one of the boat trips around the island, or driving almost all the way and then walking. Don't miss the Church of Christ and the old houses.
There are over 60 sandy beaches in Skiathos; Koukounaries being rated 7th best in the world and best in Greece. It is well known for its extremely fine white sand and its fragrant pine trees forest from which the region took its name. It is considered as the most unspoiled natural beach of the Mediterranean and is a protected environment. Most of the beaches are easy to get to by bus or moped as they are mostly found on the only main road on the island. There are all manner of water sports available, including a diving center.
Let yourself be enchanted by Skiathos, the forever-captivating island.