delightful food, marvelous beaches, greenery all around
Mosquitoes, wasps, annoying Reps from holiday companies
Beautiful island, lively but not rowdy
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
Unless you are a family of wealthy sea lions you may wish to avoid the Carnayo restaurant for fear of becoming victims of the great 'fresh fish!' scam visited upon us during our stay in July. While it is frequent practice for fish to be priced by the kilo in many restaurants, I am sure that most non-amphibians would not expect to be served a whole...more
It is located in a less crowded spot of the town from he harbour towards the road to airpot. We enjoyed the breathtaking view to Bourtzi while being 'on board', which is the name of the retaurant translated. We laso liked the style, and speaking as a stylist & journalist too, it reminds cruiser of old times '30's or something and combined with the...more
Skiathos town has a lively nightlife scene, more concentrated on each end of the port, but many prefer to pass the evening with a walk along the harbor or around and above the Plateia Trion Ierarchon.The main concentration of nightclubs is in the warren of streets west of Papadiamandis. On the street opposite the post office is the Blue Chips Club....more
A bit hard to find, but look out for the club strip close to Skiathos town bus station by the harbour. There you can find one club after the other with lots of different music.Sit outside on comfortable seats, have a drink and enjoy until early in the morning.If loud music is not for you, there are a lot of bars at the harbour (close to where the...more
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...more
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...more
Skiathos town has no shortage of shops, many offering standard wares but some with distinctive items. The highlight for Greek crafts and folk art is Archipelago (tel. 24270/22-163). Adjacent to the Papadiamandis House, it offers a world-class assemblage of exquisite objects of art and folklore, both old and new, including textiles, jewelry, and...more
With an impressive range of goods to offer,from top designer labels to fine antiques and high quality local products in Skiathos you can find anything you can think of.Tourist shops are open 9 am-10 pm.7 days the week and they are offering a wide range of products from delicious traditional candies to the trendiest designer clothes that you always...more
On the 21st November Kounistra Monastery celebrates the Presentation of Virgin Mary. On the 20th November the original icon of the Virgin Mary located in the church of "Trion Ierarchon" is removed and taken to the Kounistra monastery by foot via the mountain route. Along the way a gun salute honours the removal of the icon at Acropolis. Once the...more
Mosquitoes and wasps are the main insect problem on Skiathos during the summer. Decent mosquito repellent really does the business - I didn't get bitten once, other people can get bitten 8 or 9 times a day.Wasps seemed to be everywhere food was. Don't make them angry... I did, and it hurt a lot. Unfortunately there's not a lot you can do to get rid...more
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Koukounaries beach is, apparently, the finest beach is Greece, and seventh finest in the world. By the first week of July however, it's hideously over-crowded and only merits a quick look to imagine what it could be like if you were the only people there. Here's a tip - there's a completely hidden beach around the corner, still part of the same bay...more
Allow me to refer some characteristics which are the less impressive, striving to avoid the strong word disappointing. First of all, an outrageous, uncontrolled and still accelerating urban sprawl along the south seashore starting in the Skiathos Town and ending in the Troulos bay. All this coastal line is a row of apartments with extremely high...more
This summer it was so hot, that I could only wear sleveless tops and thin cotton skirts and dresses. Even short sleeve shirts were too hot for me, day or evening. Middle of July we had between 34 and 48C degrees, the hottest we ever experienced in Skiathos.
Many people are wearing flip-flops at all times.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As there were a lot of mosquitoes this summer again, we bought some mosquito repellant that we put on every night before going out. Needs to be re-applied after a few hours.
My other half and I got both stung by a wasp, so it is advisable to carry a tube of clear gel that can be bought at any pharmacy (several available in Skiathos town) and needs to be applied directly when one has been stung. The wasps seemed to be looking for a shady place and tried to crawl under us and we hadn't realised they were there.
If you don't have gel to apply after the sting, you can cut an onion and hold it onto the sting, it works wonders! Just ignore the smell.
A great way to appreciate the true Skiathos is to explore on foot - particularly in the hills. About 95% of tourists, I reckon, spend their entire holiday on the beach, by the pool - in other words, never venturing anywhere beyond the south coast. This is fine, but if you need a bit of head-space, some peace and quiet and some fantastic views, head...more
The north of Skiathos is rarely explored by tourists, apart from the famous Lalaria beach, accessible only by boat. We took a taxi to the Panayias Kounistras monastery, and walked the dirt track through the hills to Mikros Aselinos beach, a quieter version of Megalos Aselinos. The beach is beautiful - when we arrived at lunchtime there were about...more
The island is rather cold in the winter, but it has a pleasant climate during the summer. The usual daytime air temperature is over 30 °C usually in July and August,but night temperature is lower. The water is warm during from July to September,but colder in the beginning of the season. You will not experience any rain phenomenon in Skiathos, since...more
The island’s traditional architecture,does not have a severe island character.On the other hand,it is a combination of a traditional village in Greece and an island village,with neoclassical elements. Influenced by the attitude and the needs of the local people,local architecture is one of a kind and will undoubtedly cast a spell on you.With small...more