"Combine a relaxing beach holiday with visits to the churches, monasteries, the Old Town, and the island’s medieval castle"
Discover Skiathos TownHolidays to Skiathos Town will be all about sand, sea, scenery, and sunshine, culture, shopping as well as lively nightlife also add to the mix. Lying on the south east coast of the enchanting Sporades Island, this bustling capital has something for everyone. The whole island has for the most part remained unspoilt by mass tourism and even the capital, Skiathos Town with its modern facilities and amenities has managed to retain its traditional charm and appeal. Situated in a bay, surrounded by pine woods, the town spreads over two hills divided by the Bourtzi peninsula and along to the twin bays at the water’s edge. Popular with all ages Skiathos Town combines the allure of a cosmopolitan town with beach life and promises an unforgettable holiday experience. Transfer time from the airport is just fifteen minutes.
Exploring Skiathos Town
AttractionsAlthough Skiathos is a great choice for those wishing to lie on the beach, there is plenty to explore in the Town and the rest of the island. The old town and former fishing village are interesting places to see, and a great way to get around is to take a boat tour around the island. Hiking is also popular for getting out of the commercial centre and into the beautiful countryside.
Things to DoHigh above Skiathos Town is the Kastro; 14th century remains of two ancient churches. It is a popular hiking trail – although it takes several hours and is a good choice for experienced walkers. The beautiful lagoon behind Koukounaries beach is another hidden gem of Skiathos’ natural beauty, and well worth getting out and exploring.
ArchitectureBourtzi is the fascinating hilltop fortress that marks the divide of the old town with the new. It was built in the 13th century Venetian era to protect the inhabitants from pirates. The fascinating medieval remains are a monument to the history of a thriving modern tourist city.
Skiathos Town Beach Getaways
BeachesA fantastic choice for beach fans, plenty of long summer days can be spent enjoying Skiathos Town’s numerous sandy beaches. Top picks include Megali Ammos, a relaxing choice with soft sand and shallow waves, and Koukounaries, a picture-postcard choice lined with quaint tavernas and set against a beautiful natural backdrop.
AttractionsBeing an incredibly popular resort for tourists, Skiathos Town ensures that beachside culture is alive and thriving so that you’ll never need to leave the sand. Most of the beaches are lined with pretty promenades and have a wide choice of restaurants, bars, tavernas and shops close at hand, so you can enjoy the optimum sunbathing time.
Beach ActivitiesAs well as sunbathing, there are lots of activities to enjoy in and around Skiathos Town’s beaches. There are plenty of water sports on offer, as well as several diving centres. Diving is still a relatively new experience in Greece, but the clear water and interesting marine life is well worth exploring. Boat tours of the island are another popular way of seeing Skiathos.
Seafront StaysAria Hotel is a great choice for beach lovers, set atop a picturesque hillside overlooking the ocean and leading town to the beaches and heart of Skiathos Town. The hotel is just 100 metres from the closest beach. The hotel offers light, spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, large outdoor swimming pool and panoramic roof terrace. Find more info about:
- Aria Hotel
Skiathos Town Family Holidays
AttractionsSkiathos Town, along with the rest of Skiathos island, is a great choice for enjoying Greece’s beautiful beaches. With clear water and pretty bays, they are the ideal place to relaxing, swim and sunbathe. Megali Ammos is ideal for families and children, with soft sand and shallow, calm water. The old port is a quaint place to explore, with little fishing boats that kids will love. Find more info about:
- Megali Ammos
Things to DoAfter enjoy all the beaches on offer, explore Papadiamantis, which is the most famous street in the city. Full of gift shops and cafes, it is a lively place to stroll down before stopping for lunch. For family-friendly outdoor pursuits, take a boat trip, enjoy a coastal walk or plan a tour of the surrounding towns.
NightlifeNightlife in Skiathos Town can be pretty busy and lively, but there are options available for families after a relaxed and fun evening. Enjoy some authentic Greek food or international meals at a restaurant in town, then sit back and enjoy a taverna or bar, many of which play live music and have dancing.
Family StaysThe family-friendly Hotel Alkyon is just 250 metres from the shops, restaurants and amenities of Skiathos Town. The beach is just a mile away and regular served by the local bus service. The hotel offers a freshwater outdoor swimming pool, snack bar and air-conditioned guestrooms with private balconies. Find more info about:
- Hotel Alkyon
Skiathos Town Romantic Breaks
AttractionsSkiathos’ most popular attraction is its stunning golden beaches, where you can spend days relaxing on the soft sand or taking a swim in the clear, warm water. Nearby Koukounaries is considered one of the prettiest on the island. Lined with lovely little tavernas and restaurants, you don’t have to leave the beach to enjoy a meal or cold drink.
ActivitiesAn idyllic sunny afternoon can be spent on the water, relaxing on a boat tour of the whole island. Stunning views can be seen from the medieval fortress above the peninsula that separates the old Skiathos and new town Skiathos. For a particularly memorable experience, enjoy the island’s beautiful natural landscapes on horseback.
NightlifeSkiathos Town has a famously buzzing nightlife, with a wide choice of big clubs, chilled bars and traditional tavernas to head to after sunset. Start with a delicious seafood meal on the seafront, and listen to some live music with a glass of ouzo before heading into the thick of the new town for some all-night parties.
Couples HotelsBourtzi Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located close to the harbour in Skiathos Town. An ideal choice for a romantic stay, the charming hotel offers a range of luxurious rooms and suites with plenty of modern conveniences. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, chic cocktail bar, restaurant and more. It is just moments from the popular Achladies beach. Find more info about:
- Bourtzi Hotel
Explore Skiathos TownSkiathos Town is a dream to explore with twin contrasting districts joined at the hip to shape this captivating island capital. Head to the quaint old sector, oozing charm and character, to meander its cobbled street and narrow laneways lined with white washed houses adorned with cascading blooms. Linger over coffee, lunch or drinks in one of the traditional atmospheric tavernas. Admire the quaint old harbour teeming with fishing boats. The more modern part replaces old world charm with cosmopolitan elegance. Fashionably stylish shops, designer boutiques, up-market restaurants and trendy bars line the streets that lead down to a bigger, busier port and a chic marina. Why not take in a show at the open-air summer theatre on Bourtzi. Take in a boat trip to see the medieval ruins at Kastro or sail to the sister islands for a further taste of Greek island life.
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