Skiathos Island Travel Guide

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Skiathos Island Things to Do

  • Skiathos Town

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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!Please support Greek Tourism and visit Skiathos!

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  • Megali Asselinos

    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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Skiathos Island Hotels

  • The Bourtzi Hotel

    Moraitou 8, Skiathos Town 37002, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Alkyon

    Skiathos Island, Skiathos, 37002, Greece

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Stellina

    Skiathos Town, 37002, Greece

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Skiathos Island Restaurants

  • Don't miss it

    The best place in Skiathos, great people, great food. We went in 1994 and got on great with Dino and his family. We sent them Pics when we got home which are still behind the bar. My ex Father in Law visits every year and says it is still going strong.

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  • Avoid like the plague!

    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...

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  • Mediterranean Homemade Rustik Food

    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...

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Skiathos Island Nightlife

  • Porto Paradiso

    It is an all day bar situated at Vromolimnos beach just next to the sea. It also serves light snacks and spagetti.

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  • Nightlife

    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....

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  • Up until early in the morning in...

    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...

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Skiathos Island Transportation

  • Elisabet Cruises, the experience of a...

    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...

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  • HALIVELAKIS Rental company to be...

    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...

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  • 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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Skiathos Island Shopping

  • Shopping 2

    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...

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  • Shopping

    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...

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  • Skiathos Town Shops

    When you go there look out for shops that sell:beach wearshoesclothessunglasses (lots and lots)I find these things are very stylish in Greece!

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Skiathos Island Local Customs

  • Ag Paraskevi - Name day of the Saint...

    Every summer on 25. or 26. July there is a big party at the church of Platanias=Ag. Paraskevi that starts in the evening and finishes around 2am. Local people and tourists enjoy the live music in the church yard in the high street. Everybody is welcome.

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  • Kounistra Monastery

    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...

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  • Katsonia Feast

    In the marine region of Kastro the "Lampros Katsonis "submarine sunk in September of 1943 after beeing attached by German dive bombers. Every year on this day officials and locals go out on boats and throw flower wreaths into the sea in commemoration.

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Skiathos Island Warnings and Dangers

  • The Monster of Kolios Beach

    Only surfacing under the cover of darkenss, the monster of Kolios beach lurks in the undergrowth until it finds its prey...

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  • Wasps and Mossies

    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...

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  • Skiathos Island Hotels

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Skiathos Island Tourist Traps

  • Secret Koukounaries - how to escape the...

    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...

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  • Urban sprawl

    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...

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Skiathos Island What to Pack

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    by Susi_Blackforest Updated Jul 29, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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Skiathos Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Explore the hills - escape the crowds

    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...

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  • Mikros Aselinos and the North

    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...

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  • Western shore I

    Western shore is completely another Skiathos as it is known from tourist brochures - remote, dramatic and particular rocky.

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Skiathos Island Favorites

  • Banks - ATMs

    Skiathos has branches of most Greek banks which work in cooperation with the most important foreign and international banks and you will find a wide display of ATM’s spread all over the centre town area at your disposal.

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  • Weather in Skiathos Island

    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...

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  • Skiathos Culture

    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...

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