Skiathos – Σκιάθος, a gently rolling wooded island, lies 2.5 nm east of the Peninsula of Magnesia and is the most westerly island of the Northern Sporades. It is also the most important island boasting the best ferries connections, a smallish airport and serves as the prime starting point for sailing holidays in the north Aegean since it is the only proper yacht charter base in the vicinity. With its equable climate and beautiful sandy bays it is a popular holiday destination, particularly favoured by Greeks. Skiathos’ main source of income apart from the tourist trade is its 600,000 olive trees.
The chief place, and indeed the only town on the island, is Skiathos, on the south-east coast. Founded in 1830, it occupies the site of the ancient city, on two low hill ridges flanking a small sheltered bay.
The ruins of the islands’ medieval capital, Kastro, are located along the west coast on an impregnable crag. The remaining stretches of town walls and the drawbridge can be visited by boat or over land by beautiful winding dirt roads. The lush and fertile inlands as well the monasteries are indeed the most appealing part of Skiathos.
If you are interested into renting a yacht, rent a boat e.t.c. there are plenty of skiathos boat hire companies operating in Greece. Are you wondering what you will see in Skiathos? Keep reading
Beaches of Skiathos
There are over 60 beaches in Skiathos, all sandy including Koukounaries rated 7th best beach in the world and best in Greece. Also Banana Beach just around the headland is the island’s only Naturist Beach and is fantastic and very sheltered. Most of the beaches are easy to get to by bus or moped as they are mostly found on the only main road on the Island. There are all types of water sports available at most of the beaches and even a diving center. As a rule, the closer you are to town the busier the beach will be.
The iconic Lalaria Beach which is accessable by excursion boat is known to lovers of Greece through the EOT posters from the seventies which used the white pebbles and turquoise waters to lure generations of tourists to Greece in the same way that Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos does now. But unlike Zakynthos there is no rusty hulk rotting on the beach, just sand and sea. OK. pebbles and sand. You catch the boat from the harbor in Skiathos town. It can get crowded in the summer and there is no shade so bring your own. You may want to bring water too. If you come early you may have the beach to yourself but probably not for long. There are a number of private boat tours, some on sailboats, so rather than go to Lalaria and be dropped off find the tour that goes around the island with a stop there.