Where do I begin? This town is just absolutely amazing! As soon as I saw the white washed cliffside buildings, I knew this was a traditional Greek island town, and that I was gonna like this place.
Our guide gave us 3 hours in the town. She took us to the view point, than the group dispersed, and we had most of the streets to ourselves. You don't need to know where you're going in this town. If you see a street you like, walk down it. That's pretty much what we did, and it made the experience more fun.
You will walk down narrow streets, between white washed buildings, narrow stairways, lovely restaurants, food stands, shops, white washed churches, and meet friendly Greeks who live a stress free life on island time.
What more can I say, just explore. If you see a shop or restaurant that catches your eye, just pop in. Even with our 3 hour limit, we had no rush. The town is small, and for some reason, time seemed to pass really slow.
The streets are too narrow for cars, so most residents travel on mopeds, which makes the town really pedestrian friendly, but do look out for the mopeds. There are cabs and buses though, that do travel the main road.
A day trip is not enough. You could spend all day walking these narrow streets, and not get bored.
There is no need to rush. I would rather skip the beach, and spend more time in the town.
This is one town you won't mind getting lost in.
A Beach To Yourself
Koukounaries is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Our tour stopped here, and all the tourists hit the main beach, but if you want a bit of privacy, there is a small secluded beach, on the other side of the marina. There was one guy on it earlier, but than he left and we had the beach to ourselves for a while, than a few tourists came just as we were leaving.
There is a nice rocky cove there. The water is warm, clam, and clear which makes it great for swimming.
The beach is tiny, and there is a hotel right above it, but its location and rocky cove, make the beach feel secluded. If you want a bit of privacy, check out this beach.
Big Banana Beach: Local Party Beach
Right next to Small Banana Beach, is Big Banana Beach, known for being the local party beach. This beach is even more popular, and crowded than Koukounaries. The locals opened a bar there, and turned it into a party beach for students, so if you're looking for peace and quiet, don't come here.
The beach is a short walk from Koukounaries, so I visited it. I was there on a Saturday, and there were hundreds of students having a party. There was loud music playing, and they were drinking, and having fun. I heard it's quieter in the morning, on weekdays, and during the off season, but on summer weekends, it is overrun with students. This was the first time I had seen a beach party. it was interesting to see, but it was a bit loud and crowded for me, so I quickly left for the neighboring Small Banana Beach, which was much quieter.
If you're looking for a party, this is the place to come. If you just want to relax, Koukounaries will do.
Small Banana Beach
This is the only clothing optional beach on Skiathos. The beach is a short walk from Koukounaries Beach, and is located right next to Big Banana Beach. After taking a wrong turn, I finally found this beach. This is one of the quieter beaches on the island. Big Banana Beach is a party beach, and Koukounaries Beach can also get loud. If you're looking for a quieter beach, this is a good one to visit. You don't have to come here to be nude, but just come for the peace and quiet. The beach is situated in a nice rocky cove, so it feels isolated. There is actually a parking lot above the beach.
Most of the people were naked, but there were a few who kept their clothes on, and some girls just went topless. The crowd was mixed, but it was mostly middle aged and older people, looking to get away from the loud party beaches.
I didn't get to spend too much time on this beach, because our boat was leaving, but you can't come to Greece without visiting a nude beach. I just took a quick dip, and had to head back.
It's a good idea to hide your cameras before going on this beach, or you will get some strange looks.
Platanias my favourite beach
The perfect sandy beach!
Due to the fires this July in the area between Troulos and Platanias, some of the trees burned down, but still, this beach is absolutely lovely and well worth visiting!
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We hired a scooter and drove to this large beach in the North.
In the morning it was not very busy there, but in the afternoon 5 ships with tourist arrived for a short stop over. There is one large taverna/snackbar at the beach.
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there is an amaziing beach at the far end of the island called aghia eleni which has beach parties on an evening but during the day, the local guy christos gives Water ski lessons, but possesses this amazing "settee" which he tows out and takes you around the bay, just like a banana. there are 2 cafes on the beach. Quite a trendy beach at weekends and on an evening.
"Trion Ierarchon" Church
The church of "Trion Ierarchon" (The Church of the Three Hierarchs) which has been the cathedral of the island for 150 years leads the intellectual cultivation of the island, since it was blessed to have in its bosoms competent and excellent priests and intellectual leaders such as priest Adamantios, father of Papadiamantis, priest Nikolas Papanikolaou, priest Andreas Bouras and other led always by priest Georgios Rigas, the great scholar and author of the island. The Church of "Trion Ierarchon" is a basilica of three aisles, built in 1846. It is built in the centre of the village near the sea. In this church there is the icon of Panagias tis Kounistrias, which was found in a miraculous way around 1650. This is the patron saint of the island and it is a sacred pilgrimage for both the inhabitants and the visitors of the island. Many sacred heirlooms from all the country churches of the island have been transferred into this church as well as many icons of great archaeological value. All these sacred heirlooms are in perfect condition.Here services are held according to the old ritual and the tradition of "Kollyvathes" still remains alive.
The Monastery of Panagia Kechrias
The Monastery of Panagia Kechrias is built in a pretty valley among olive trees and pine trees. Only the "Katholikon" of the monastery (its church) has been saved. It has a wooden icon screen and frescoes covering the whole church. It was built in the 18th century.
The Monastery of the Annunciation
The Monastery of the Annunciation provided significant moral and material assistance to the pre-revolutionary movements as well as during the revolution of 1821. It was there, that in the year 1807, the first Greek flag with the white Cross at its center on a blue background was designed, woven, blessed and raised. It was on this flag that Father Niphon swore in the guerrilla leaders Theodore Kolokotronis, Andreas Miaoulis, Papathymios Vlakhavas, Iannis Stathas, Nikotsaras, the Skiathian Teacher of the Nation, Epiphanios - Stephanos Dimitriadis and many others following the great assembly held at the monastery to lay out plans to liberate the (Greek) Nation. The philosopher priest, Theophilos Kairis, following his conviction by the Holy Synod in 1839, was confined to the Monastery.
The Evagelistria Monastery
Immersed in the greenery, deep in the Lekhounio gorge beside the springs in the place called Agalianos, under Karaphlytzanakia, the highest peak on Skiathos, stands the Holy Communal Monastery dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin, the Evagelistria Monastery or Vagelistria as it is called by the Skiathians. Construction of the monastery was started in 1794 by a group of kollyvados monks who had been forced to leave the Holy Mount of Athos in the face of disturbances resulting from disputes over the celebration of Canonical Requiem Masses Saturdays rather than Sundays. The objective was a return to the tradition of the Ancient Orthodox Church. The group leader was Niphon, an Ordained Monk, whose worldly name was Nicholas "from the line of the Nicholarades", who was born in 1736 at the village of Patrika on the island of Chios. He served in the Monastery of the Greatest Banner and the retreat of the Omnipotent on the Holy Mount of Athos. Initially he went to Samos, Patmos, Leipso and Icaria where, in 1775, he founded the monastery of the Annunciation at Leucada. Amongst the monks at the Monastery of the Annunciation was one Gregorios Khadjistamatis, a Skiathian, who, upon the death of his father, inherited extensive property on Skiathos. Possessing this large estate Gregorios persuaded Niphon to move to the green island of Skiathos and establish a new monastery, abandoning Icaria "for the all-pervading barrenness and unwholesomeness of the place". Construction of the monastery complex was completed in 1806 and it became the epicenter of the kollyvados both during the disputation and in the following years. The kollyvados spirit has profoundly influenced the life of the Skiathian islanders and that most significant writer of (modern) Greek prose, Alexander Papadiamantis and also of the Skiathian author Alexander Moraitidis.
"I Panagia i Limnia" Church
"I Panagia i Limnia" with an impressive bell-tower rising over the whole village this is the second parish church of the island. The icons from "Christos sto Kastro - Christ in the Castle" as well as Papadiamantis's head are kept here. The parish of Panagia continues to preserve the traditions and customs of the island, so vividly represented in the written work of Alexandros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitidis.
Alexandros Papadiamantis House
Papadiamantis was born on the island of Skiathos. The island would figure prominently in his work. His father was a priest. He moved to Athens as a young man to complete his high school studies, and enrolled in the philosophy faculty of Athens University, but never completed his studies. He returned to his native island in later life, and died there. He supported himself (very meagerly) by writing throughout his adult life, anything from journalism and short stories to several serialized novels. The house where Alexandros Papadiamantis was born on 4th March 1851 does not exist today. It was sold and the new owners knocked it down. Papadiamantis grew up and died in the new house his father built in 1860, as it is said on a built-in inscription on one of its walls. This house is located about 100 metres inland from the eastern coast of the city, in a narrow street which is a dead-end. It could be said that it is a sidestreet of the present Papadiamanti street. The smallest room on the right was in the beginning a priest's room where Adamantios, Alexandros' father, kept his books and his vestments. Later, it belonged to Alexandros and he used it as a bedroom and a study. It resembled a monastery cell with a window, a built-in cupboard and his narrow and small bed. Right opposite the entrance, there is the living-room of the house with a coloured diamond-shaped design on the ceiling as the only decoration.The house is generally a simple, austere island house. Today the old entrance of the house which is on the western side is closed. The entrance side and the visitors enter the house - museum through external wooden stairs.
Bourtzi is a small peninsula which separates the port of Skiathos in two. In the past it was a fort, which was established by the Gizi brothers who occupied Skiathos in 1207. It was surrounded by walls battlements and embrasures and on the left and right of the gate there were two round towers. It is not possible to determine the height of the walls by the present ruins. Moreover, in the fort there was a tank and a small church called Agios Georgios, protector of the Venetians, probably built by the Gizi brothers. Because of that church, Bourtzi was also called "Kastelli tou Agiou Georgiou - Castle of St. George". The fort was destroyed in 1660 when the admiral Fransesco Morozini occupied the island. In 1823 though the ruined embrasures, the island inhabitants - both Skiathians and refugees - managed to repulse Topal - pasha. After the liberation, the first lazaret of the island operated in Bourtzi. In 1906 a primary school was built in the centre of the peninsula, donated by Andreas Syngros. In the entrance of that school since 1925 there has been the bust of Alexandros Papadiamantis. Nowadays, Bourtzi is really a rare recreation place. It is full of pine trees, always with fresh, cool air and with a magnificent view. There are few ruins of the old fort and we can see, on the left and right of the street leading to the entrance of the old school, the sites of the church of Agios Georgios and of the fort tank. The old primary school has been converted into a picturesque cultural centre, with the initiative of the present municipal authorities. In it, there are practical conference rooms in good taste and a fabulous summer theatre which hosts successful theatrical and musical performances every summer. Moreover, in Bourtzi there is a municipal cafe where special nights are held.
Beach: Troullos Beach
This beach has been named after the little island found there which looks like a dome (troullos). It is situated on the way to Koukounaries right after the crossing which leads to the monastery of Panagia Eikonistria. You can reach Troullos by road and enjoy a swim in the bluish - green transparent waters under the shade of the pine trees which reach almost the sea water