Elisabet Cruises, the experience of a lifetime~!
For a true experience of Greek culture head to the beautiful port town of Amaliapolis, and take a trip to Skiathos with the fabulous Captain Kostas, and the rest of the Elisabet Cruises crew.
The cruise stops at Skiathos town, for about 2 and a half hours, before continuing on to Koukounaries Beach. Sometimes he'll also head to Lalaria, or stop in a secluded cove.
Their departure time has been clearly set by the sea police, so DON'T BE LATE!!!!
Because this is a private boat, it costs a little cheaper than the average ferry, about 40 Euros, or 62 US dollars. Prices may very though, so check with them before booking. Because of their popularity it is adviced that you book a few months in advance, unless it's offered in your vacation package. They offer a variety of different cruises to different islands, including day drips, and night cruises. Which ever one you choose, I promise you, it will be an experience you'll never forget. If you do book, try to get on the Victoria. The fabulous Captain Kostas provides a variety of fun activities! So whether it's a waterballoon toss, swimming in the Aegean, sipping on Metaxa, or traditional dance lessons from the captain himself, I guarantee you'll have an AWESOME time!!!! I highly recommend the Sirtaki dance! Even if dancing is not your thing, just standing off to the side and watching, is truely amazing! And the music was just AMAZING!!!! You will immediately become emersed in Greek culture, and it will leave you with a cultural experience you'll never forget!
Captain Kostas is a true Greek sailor, and just an absolutely AMAZING and FUNNY guy, who is passionate about showing his passangers a part of Greece that they may never experience!
A trip with Captain Kostas will leave you with once in a lifetime experiences, and memories you'll never forget!
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HALIVELAKIS Rental company to be AVOIDED!
I have been to Skiathos 4 times and it is a wonderful island. Piece of advice:
DO NOT rent vehicles from Halivelakis rental company.
They may be cheaper, but totally unreliable. If you make an appointment, they never come on time. We rented an ATV which they delivered broken. We got stuck with it on the road. They never acknowledged that the machine was not technically fit. Lots of problems which created annoyance. To be avoided!
Hire a Scooter
There are car and scooter/motorbike hire places all over the island.
In Platanias we hired our scooter for 12 Euros per day and it was great for us two to get to the local beaches. Office is in the main road, they speak English and German.
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Bus Route to the Beach
Pick up from the harbour.
5. Megali Ammos
9. Villas Kim
10. Esperides - Achladies
11. Villa Luva
13. Nostos Kanapitsa
18. Asselinos / Kounistra
19. Troulos Beach
21. Palace Hotel
24. Agia Eleni
25. Koukounaries - Terminal
Megali Ammos: Bus Stop No4
Achladias: Bus stop No 8
Tzaneria or Nostos: Bus stop No 12
Kolios: Bus stop No 15
Vromolimnos: Bus stop No 13
Platanias / Agia Paraskevi: Bus stop No 16
Troulos: Bus Stop No19
Maratha: Bus stop No19
Koukounaries: Bus stop No25
Big Banana: Bus stop No25
Little Banana: Bus stop No 25
Agia Eleni: Bus stop No24
Aselinos: Bus stop No 18
Mandraki: Bus stop No 22
Kechria: Bus stop No 13
Lalaria: Bus Stop No13
Kastro: Bus stop No 13
Xanemos: Bus stop No 13
Skiathos Town - Agia Paraskevi: 1.10 €per person.
Skiathos Town - Koukounaries: 1.40 €per person.
Every 15 - 20 minutes.
Another mean of transport you should try is the water taxi. It leaves the old harbour every hour to Achladies bay, Kanapitsa beach and other popular beaches of the island. Costing only 2.00 € it is worth the effort. The last one departs from Skiathos old harbour at 11.45 p.m. to hotel Esperides (Achlaidies bay).
Hiring a boat enables you to reach a lot of otherwise inaccessible corners of the island. You can rent a boat from the Skiathos marinas or a ski school. Prices vary from 60 € to 90 €. Another exotic way to do island hopping is chartering a yacht. It is much more expensive, although renting with a group of friends can save you a lot. Depending on your nautical qualifications, you can either take the helm yourself or let the crew do so.
It is easy to find a taxi in Skiathos. Ranks are found at airports and harbours. When getting a cab at either of these outlets arrange the fare before you set off. This can often avoid an unpleasant surprise later. By law there must be a board at these sites showing the taxi fare to the most popular destinations.
Phoning the taxi station incurs an extra charge of 2.00 €. A local cab number to note is 24270 24461. There is a cab rank in front of Skiathos harbour. You will often find yourself sharing a taxi with strangers. This does not mean the fare will be shared. Some drivers ask your permission to do this and you may say no. As this is common practice you can of course hail a cab with occupants and join in the very often short journey to town.
Exploring the Island by Motorbike
Motorbikes are widely available in Skiathos. Make sure that the vehicle is in good condition and that the price includes proper insurance. Always wear a helmet! There are severe fines in case that someone doesn't wear its helmet. Some roads are tricky, hilly and slippery. Be aware of sharp, unexpected corners.
Exploring the Island by Car
If you want to have the freedom to explore at your own leisure, renting a car or jeep is the choice for you. Most major international and local car rental companies offer a good choice of packages and competitive prices. The minimum legal age to rent a car is 18 years old and there is no maximum age restriction. The only other requirement in this regard is that you've held your valid driving license for at least a year.
Whoever you rent from, be sure to check the insurance being offered. Full coverage is strongly recommended. So, arm yourself with a valid international license and a reliable road map and set out for the adventure of your life. Remember that traffic in Greece travels on the right side of the road.
With an amazing public bus service along the south coast of the island from the bus station on the harbor to Koukounaries with stops at the beaches in between,the island has a very well organised bus servise to display.Buses run at least six times daily from April to November; every hour from 9am to 9pm, May through October you will find a bus every half hour from 8:30am to 10pm June through September and the busiest tourist period every 20 minutes from 8:30am to 2:30pm and 3:30pm to midnight July through August. Also if you are interested in visiting the north coast beaches, neighbouring islands, and historic Kastro the caique(small boat) is your best bet which is both romantic and convenient.
From Skiathos Airport to your hotel/studio
When we got to Skiathos Airport, we had to wait for the bus, but suitcases were NOT loaded onto the bus, but on trucks and dropped off at everybody's accommodation. There was a bit of a chaos at the airport, as the tourists did not really know the system.
Please prepare yourself a small bag with maybe showergel/soap/shampoo and clothes to change into, just in case you will be at your accommodation, before your suitcases arrive.
If you have booked a package holiday from the UK to Skiathos, this might happen to you too.
We had to wait 1 hour in the sun outside and saw many people just get onto a taxi with their luggage.
Next time we go there we will definitely just take a taxi, as it is not far from there to any village on the island and might have cost us approx. 10-15 Euros one way. But that would have been well worth it!
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Be aware that the taxi drivers drive a bit mad on Skiathos!
Ask the taxi driver how much your trip will be before you get into the taxi, as we have had one nasty surprise with one of them.
Most of them were fine though.
It is not unusual that a taxi driver already has 2 passengers in the taxi, but will stop for you to take you as well, if you flag him down.
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Take the green Bus
You can't get lost in Skiathos, as there is only one bus that goes every 15 minutes.
Bus station no. 1 is in Skiathos town and the bus ends in Koukouniaries, which is station no. 26.
We stayed in Platanias which is station no. 16 and the return bus trip to Skiathos Town only cost 2 Euros.
I think the last bus goes around 1 AM.
Be aware that the bus can be over crowded from approx. 18-21PM, as a lot of people take the bus from Koukounaries back to Skiathos Town.
But don't worry if you miss it, there are lots of taxis around and taxi drivers all speak English.
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Getting Around Skiathos - Tips
Skiathos island is relatively small, and simple to get around - there's one main road (see photo). We were strongly encouraged by our holiday company not to hire mopeds or motorbikes because it's pretty dangerous, apparently.
We relied on the bus service and taxis for the week - or explored on foot. The bus is excellent value for money, although it can be extremely overcrowded, so be warned - especially if you head into Skiathos town between 6 and 8pm in July or August. The bus has 26 stops between Skiathos town and Koukounaries - costing 1 Euro 40 cents. Shorter journeys are only 1 Euro.
The bus terminal is situated at the end of Skiathos town harbour, in the direction of the airport. At the other end, you catch the bus from Koukounaries beach car park.
Taxis are generally slightly cheaper than in England - sometimes it's possible to barter. If you share a taxi with other people who you don't know, the driver will charge both sets of people the full fare. Flagging a taxi down is easy, you'll only have to wait a couple of minutes anywhere along the main road to catch one.
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airplane to Skiathos
There are many charter flights to Skiathos from various European metropolitan cities in the high season. I think some lines are operated from Athens to Skiathos during all season.
Frequent ferry and flying dolphins connection from mainland (Agios Konstantinos, Volos), good connection to the neigbourhood islands of Skopelos and Alonissos.