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The island of Skiathos does big business in the summer when tourists arrive from across the world to enjoy its pine forests, expansive beaches and good climate. Throw in cocktails, great seafood and shopping and you have a recipe for one unforgettably relaxing beach holiday. For the more adventurous, you can only explore parts of the island on foot as you embark on a hike and you will no doubt be rewarded with spectacular views of the island and surrounding Mediterranean Sea.
The average duration for flights to Skiathos from the UK is around four hours. Flights land at Skiathos Island National Airport and from here it can take up to an hour to reach your hotel, depending on where you are staying on the island.
As both flight carriers and flights are limited, it can be quite difficult to get your hands on cheap flights to Skiathos. Don't rely on getting last-minute bargains either, this Greek Island is notoriously popular during the summer months. Instead, your best bet is to book far in advance and compare airfares online. FlyThomasCook run direct flights, while other routes will be provided by a combination of airlines. Flights depart from locations such as Manchester, Birmingham, London Gatwick.
Many people who arrive on the island book a vehicle with one of the many Skiathos car hire firms and you can also rent motorbikes. Package tour operators may include transfers to your hotel if you do not want to rent and there are inexpensive taxis on offer to nip around in. There is also a local bus system that runs services; note that the route between Skiathos Town and Koukounaries Beach gets very crowded in peak summer time!
There is plenty to see in Skiathos, provided you can bear to spend a little time away from the beach. Kastro is the heart of the island's medieval heritage; it has been abandoned for two centuries but is still full of interesting sights that will transport you back in time, such as its many ruined stone buildings. Skiathos Town, on the island's east coast, is a quaint port city that features a small harbour, at which ferries connect the island to other Greek destinations.
Now back to the beaches! Some beaches, such as Lalaria, are only accessible via boat and this gives you the most serene, secluded experience of life on Skiathos as well as an opportunity to see the rugged coastline from a different perspective. Let's not forget the gorgeous contrast of the white pebbled beach with the bright blue water! Koukounaries Beach may not have quite as blue water as Lalaria Beach, but it does have an inviting sandy beach and crystal clear water. It is also the most popular beach on the island, so be prepared for crowds!