The hill behind Skiathos Town
As you leave Skiathos Town towards Megali Amos you pass a petrol station on your left, about200 yards past this on the opposite side of the road there is a road which quickly becomes a track leading to the top of a hill (the one with aircraft beacon lights on) overlooking Skiathos Town.
From the top you get a great view over the town.
This walk is quiet steep in places with narrow donkey paths through wooded areas and is not suitable for the elderly or infirm.
S K I A T H O S
"of the northern Sporades"
One of the three northern Sporades islands, situated in the northwest Aegean sea. Sporades are also called the emerald islands, for its green vegetation and pine forests.
Along the coastline of Skiathos, there are beautiful beaches, among which the biggest is Koukounaries, officially considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, but in my humble opinion, I think that Lalaria (on the same island) is much more beautiful, and for sure I have seen better and more beaches on the Mediterranean! But anyway…
The biggest settlement is the town of Skiathos, which is also a big harbour. A very picturesque town, typical Mediterranean, with narrow streets made of stone, stone houses and on a hilly ground, which makes the streets go up and down in great elevation. The sight is typically Greek – white houses with blue rooftops!
Skiathos got its name after the Greek word “skia” which means “the shadow”, so Skiathos should be a “shaded place” (no wonder, among all these pines!)
The green comes probably from the plentiful running water, that makes the island very productive and fertile, its main crops being olives, grapes, cereals, fruits and vegetables. Other typical products are fish of course, and together with tourism, those are the main branches of Skiathos industry.