Quick Guide to Skiathos
Skiathos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, known for having a starring role in the film version of Mamma Mia as well as for its gorgeous beaches and the party lifestyle of its main resort, also called Skiathos. Away from here though there are plenty of chances to get away from it all on Skiathos holidays, with quiet villages, traditional tavernas and beautiful scenery.This is an island where you'll want to spend as little time as possible indoors. From exploring its sun-soaked beaches to scuba diving into its clear waters, mountain biking through its pine woodlands, and even strolling through its sprawling countryside, stopping at ancient monasteries along the way, it's all about the great outdoors here. As one of the most popular Greek Islands for tourists, it has plenty in the way of restaurants, bars and hotels, catering for every taste. And did we mention the raucous ?
Fab holidays for:
Plentiful beaches, Great nightlife, Scenic walks
Did you know?
The island provided the setting for the film Mama Mia in 2008 starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
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How to get to Skiathos
Your cheap holiday in Skiathos is just four hours away by plane, with direct flights throughout the summer. If you're after a party holiday in Skiathos then it's best to get your package holiday deal with transfers included, which will take the hassle out of getting to your hotel. If you're interested in exploring the 60 beaches on the island then it's definitely worth getting a hire car so that you can get off the beaten track, although be aware that in the interior of the island many roads are just dirt tracks.
Top 5 Beaches in Skiathos
With over 60 beaches on the island, Skiathos has plenty of sandy shores to choose from!
- Thanks to the pine forest that reaches all the way to the water, Koukounaries beach's water is an incredible emerald colour! Along with a lagoon and stunning wetland, it's rightfully regarded as one of the best beaches on the island.
- Troulos beach lies at the southern tip of the island, lined by leafy olive groves. Silky sands and crystal clear waters are accompanied by a fantastic watersports school and plenty of seafront tavernas, bars or restaurants.
- Despite only being available by boat, Lalaria beach is well worth a visit. It's blue waters are a beautiful contrast against the white cliffs and the magnificent Blue and Dark Caves are nearby. Make sure you save some time to explore!
- This Blue Flag beach is postcard perfect. Achladies beach slopes gently into azure waters that attract enthusiastic scuba divers for its crystal clear clarity.
- Megali Ammos
- A mix of sand and shingle, Megali Ammos beach has plenty of places to sunbathe - it's nearly two kilometres long! Walk around the rocks on the eastern end for a more secluded spot.
What to do in Skiathos
The beach at Koukounaries is certainly a must-see with its long curve of sand, lined with taverns and snack bars. You should also check out Lalaria Beach which is only reachable by boat and has some of the clearest water on the island - great for making people jealous of your holiday in Skiathos with some photos!
Most historical sites are accessible by boat or there are footpaths on the island, with good walks up to Kounistra Monastary or Evangelistra Monastary. Taking a boat out for a day of sailing is a popular activity, with plenty of choice leaving from the New Port of Skiathos. All the major beaches have watersports centres, including three diving centres.
Fans of the film Mamma Mia can take in all the filming locations with a dedicated tour while history fans won't want to miss out on exploring Kastro, the now-abandoned medieval village at the centre of the island which was once the capital. Get yourself over to our dedicated guide for more tips for your holiday to Skiathos.
Where to stay in Skiathos
There are plenty of two and three star hotels to choose from when you're booking your holidays to Skiathos and you should also consider apartment rentals or private villas if you're going in a group and staying away from the main Strip. No matter where you stay, it's pretty certain that you'll only be a short distance away from a beach. The beaches on the south of the island are sandy with calm waters, while those on the north tend to be quieter but the wind is usually stronger here.
Skiathos for Families
Despite its reputation as party central, Skiathos is perfectly family friendly - British parents have been flying their kids here for decades! There's loads for families to do in Skiathos - and plenty of restaurants serving international cuisine, catering to even the fussiest of eaters! Hire some scuba gear in Skiathos Town, and head to the water to see colourful fish and the odd squid. Most beaches on the island are calm and easy swimming for water babies. Kids will also love boat trips to nearby islands and secluded beaches.
Couples Holidays in Skiathos
With more than 60 beaches (considered some of the best in Greece), Skiathos is just the place to while away the sunny hours with your partner. It doesn't matter if you're on your honeymoon, planning a proposal, or it's your golden anniversary - Skiathos is a sublime romantic destination. After spending days on the beach, head into town for a cocktail, a boogie and a nightcap. Or, head into any of the number of tavernas for a Greek feast. For some alone time, stay out of Skiathos Town, for this is where many tourists flock. Any one of the nearby villages will offer the best of both worlds - party time when desired, and solitude when it all gets a bit too much!