This is the site of the medieval capital of the island. The walled town was built in the 14th century and eventually after much travail abounded in 1829 with the foundation of Independent Greek State. The restored Church of Christ gives you an opportunity to view some unique wall paintings of post Byzantine art.
A fifteen minute climb will give you a breathtaking view and make it easy to understand the reason it was chosen to avoid the attention of marauding pirates. In those far off days it had over three hundred homes and twenty churches. A part ruined mosque a crumbling wall and a cannon are all that remains of those far days. Access: The same as Kastro beach, then a 15 minute climb up steep steps.
The one thing everbody who goes to Skithos should do once is take a walk to the old windmill at the end of the strip to watch the planes come in to land with a nice cold glass of Mythos. As the plane comes down it gets so close you can almost see the whites of the passangers eyes!
Take a trip from Skaithos town, and go island hopping. We went to Skopelos and Alonissos.
It gives you and idea of other island to maybe stay on another time. They are all different,and charming in their own ways. We also saw dolphins whilst going from one island to the other. Great day out, relaxing whilst seeing other beautiful places.
Why book a more expensive Boat Trip around the island when a Boat calls at TROULOS BEACH about 10:00 hrs. Cost was 15 Euros which dropped to 12 during our stay. Russ & Katherine went twice and say it was wonderful. They had a Scooter so went and joined at start Koukoukarnaris Beach so then able to pick best place on boat. It was a far better trip than the reps Trip. Stopped for swimming and beaches on round trip returning trulos about 17:00 hrs.
If you're going to Skiathos, you have to go snorkeling. You can buy a basic snorkeling kit for around 12 Euros, although there is a specialist shop in Skiathos town (on the main street) with more upmarket gear.
The warm, clear and calm waters around the island make it perfect for snorkeling. There are fish everywhere - plus a few squids.
Unfortunately I don't have a flash underwater camera so you'll just have to settle for a pic of me adjusting my goggles.
We stumbled across Ayia Eleni beach after making the mistake of walking on to Little Banana beach - too many naked middle-aged men. Ayia Eleni is just north of the two Bananas, looking west straight at the mainland, which looks surprisingly close.
We arrived mid to late afternoon, just as other people were thinking of packing up - soon we had the beach almost to ourselves. A beautiful beach with a lovely taverna, water sports and a small bar. Just watch out for the wasps - I got a nasty sting.
Taking a trip to the tiny island of Tsougria is well worth it. Three boats a day leave from Skiathos town harbour, giving you a whole day on the island. Boats return to pick you up at 4, 5 or 6pm. (8 Euros).
The beach is fantastic with a lovely Taverna. It's best to go here in early or late summer - I went in the first week of July, just as the crowds started arriving.
The swimming is fantastic, and it's well advised to take a snorkel. You'll probably have to hire a lounger and sun-shade to keep out of the sun, this was 8 Euros.
Kolios was my home during my stay on Skiathos - it's about half way between Koukounaries and Skiathos town, just west of the Kalamaki peninsula.
The Kolios beach taverna is my favourite on the island. Fantastic menu, relatively inexpensive food and friendly service. Kolios beach itself is fairly underrated, perhaps because it's not noticable from the road. It's probably the most sheltered beach on the island - the water is incredibly calm and clear, ideal for snorkeling.
There are rarely large crowds on the beach, so it's simple finding a quiet spot. As well as the taverna, there's a small bar and soft drinks hut.
Skiathos town doesn't get particularly great reviews or descriptions, owing to a fair amount of commercialisation - there's even a McDonalds on the main street. But, if you venture off to the western side of town, things change completely. The streets are designed like a labyrinth, apparently to confuse any invading pirates. The streets and lanes are absolutely charming - it's easy to get lost and end up at some tucked-away taverna.
Skiathos town has an outdoor theatre adjacent to the harbour on small peninsula jetting out into the sea, and an outdoor cinema. The harbour is a hive of activity offering tourists excursions to nearby islands and beaches. One tip - if you fancy a round-the-island tour, go with a local boatman rather than your holiday company. It's a lot cheaper.
Skiathos town is a very safe place - even the mulleted kids seem friendly enough. Shops open until 1 or 2 in the morning should you fancy some late night shopping.
Skiathos town has a seemingly infinite amount of tavernas, plus a decent selection of bars. You could easily spend all day and all night here without getting bored. For the best tavernas, head off the main tourist streets.
Koukounaries beach is probably the most famous spot of the Skiathos. It is now maybe 30 years ago, when the rich and glourious discovered this fascinating place and used to anchor their luxury yachts in this bay. All the area is no more a hidden treasure, but still retains its natural charm and unique character. The beach is a huge crescent with azure crystal clean water, bright sand and small pine forests in hinterland.
Although this beach is quite organised, with a lot of watersports, facilities, tavernas etc, you will probably enjoy the peace and tranquility of the late afternoons after all the crowds have loaded their trip boats and left for Skiathos town.
The only real village in the island with some beautiful corners, like Bourtzi fortress, Mouria taverna, Papadiamantis museum and some others. To be frank, a bit too commercionalised in last years, Skiathos town is not as much picturesque as neighbourhood island´s main city, namely Skopelos. However, wouldn´t stay accomodated in Skiathos town if i had to choose.
Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Skiathos Island National Airport
Tel : +30 24270 22376 ,21885
Fax: +30 24270 24130
TELEX : 0282102 LGSK GR
Operational Year 1972
Locator: SKC NDB 326 KHz
Latitude 39 11' North
Longitude 23 30' East
Airfield elevation 49' (14m)
Runway direction 02/20
Runway Length 1570m
Middle size aircrafts types:
Transportation: Only by TAXI
The airport is only 4km away from the town. The air photo is taken from the north. Skiathos town can be seen after and slightly to the right of the runway.
Call: +30(Greece), 24270(Skiathos), 22049(airport).
Not really a lovely beach to write about, more a place to cool off in the sea after walking across the old Castle to see the ruins. This beach is situated on the northern tip of the island, under the old medieval town of Skiathos. The beach at Kastro is pebbly but nice, a wonderful spot to view the old town of Kastro and contemplate how life must have been for Skiathitees in the days before independence from Ottoman empire. In the high season boats stop here with tourists who have come to see the place. That means refreshments and possibly a lift back to the town if the thought of walking back is too much to take. There is a traditional small taverna-cafe (not seen in the photo), in a lovely situation, selling omelettes and sandwiches. The combination of a swim in the bluish transparent waters and a visit to the old city of Kastro is a unique experience you must not miss while you are in Skiathos.