Located on the beautiful island of Skiathos enjoy a relaxing, sun-drenched holiday in Koukounaries. This town is about relaxation and getting to know the ways of the locals on the Greek Islands. Named after the Greek word for pine cone, the scent of the beautiful hills scattered with pine trees which form a backdrop to your holiday to Koukounaries will help you relax and get the most from your time here.
The main attraction of Koukounaries is its stunning sandy beach. The town has grown up from a traditional fishing village, with houses, shops and restaurants growing and curving around the golden sands. Flights to Skiathos take around 5-6 hours and you'll find that Skiathos and Koukounaries are one of the favourite Greek Islands, meaning you'll find plenty of resorts, hotels and accommodation to suit you.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 45m
When to go
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Although Koukounaries is small it’s home to a fantastic beach where you’ll find lots of water sports and other activities. Try your hand at windsailing, jet-skiing or take a peek into the underwater world with snorkelling. There is also a little harbour here, making the town ideal for those who like to sail. If you prefer to immerse yourself in history the capital of the island, Skiathos Town, is just 20 minutes away by taxi or bus. We recommend the Evangelistria Monastery outside of Skiathos Town, constructed by monks who'd left Mount Athos in Halkidiki after disagreements.
In Skiathos Town you’ll not only find historic attractions and architecture but also shops, restaurants and bars galore. Explore the markets, wander through historic whitewashed streets or head to the bars and clubs for a night of dancing or the chance to discover some live bands.
Wine and Dine
With lots of shops and restaurants to choose from wander through the pretty little streets of Koukounaries and find your favourite traditional taverna. Get to know the friendly Skiathos locals as you enjoy the warm atmosphere, delicious Greek dishes and a glass of wine or two on your Koukounaries holidays. Enjoy succulent grilled meats and gyros, creamy dips and tzatziki and fresh fish caught by local fishermen. For fussy eaters or those who want to eat something more international there’s a pizza restaurant, as well as a British pub to choose from. Whether you prefer to eat outdoors and soak up the warm evenings or make the most of the lively atmosphere inside there are plenty of Greek restaurants to choose from.
Families with younger children will find lots to keep them entertained on holidays to Koukounaries. The Blue Flag beach is soft and sandy and over a kilometre long so you’ll have lots of space to spread out and watch the little ones run around. The smooth waters of the sea remain shallow for a little way so children can enjoy paddling and splashing about. For older children there are plenty of water sports and activities to try, including jet skiing and banana boat rides. If you’re looking for more activities Skiathos Town is just 20 minutes away and offers shops, bars, a wide selection of restaurants as well as a beach with plenty of sports on offer.
Action and Adventure
For action and adventure Skiathos Town is just 20 minutes from Koukounaries and is easy to reach by either bus or a taxi. From Skiathos Town you can enjoy boat tours to serene coves where you can snorkel, swim or enjoy a picnic. For something more fast-paced step aboard a party boat and enjoy the music, food and company as you witness some of Greece’s most beautiful views. Scuba diving is also available, as well as mountain biking tours in the pine-scented local area. Of course, a trip to Skiathos Town wouldn’t be complete without visiting the bars and clubs or the open air cinema which shows a variety of films.
Life's a Beach
Koukounaries is home to a beautiful sandy beach which has been awarded Blue Flag status. The waters are clear and clean, perfect for swimming, paddling and snorkelling, with a gently shelving beach making this the ideal place for a holiday with younger children. Sit back and relax on the warm golden sands or rent one of the sun loungers, which stretch for over a kilometre so you don’t need to worry about getting there early to put your towel down. If you’re a more active type try water skiing when the waters are calm in the morning, banana boat rides in the afternoon or rent a boat and spend the day sailing, stopping off for a picnic in one of Skiathos’ many pretty coves.
Holidays in Koukounaries are quiet and relaxing, perfect for those who like to wander from bar to bar sampling local wines and beers, chatting to friendly locals and finding their favourite live bands. If you prefer to enjoy something more lively Skiathos Town is just 20 minutes away by bus or taxi and has plenty of busy bars, as well as nightclubs where you can dance away until the early hours. Whether you like jazz, rock n roll, house or pop there’s a club for you in Skiathos Town. For something more sedate the island’s capital is also home to an open air theatre where you can enjoy traditional Greek plays, as well as more modern releases.
Couples will enjoy the serene, relaxing atmosphere of a holiday in Koukounaries. The whitewashed streets of the town curve around the golden sands of the beach, while the beautiful hills covered in pine trees provide a beautiful backdrop to your holiday. Spend the day relaxing on the golden sands of the beach, taking a dip in the cool waters of the sea to cool off. Alternatively, head along the shoreline to discover Koukounaries’ hidden beach. Here you’ll find clear, glittering waters, a little café with toilets and other amenities, loungers to rent and a quiet atmosphere perfect for a stroll.
Wandering the pretty, whitewashed streets of Koukounaries is the perfect way to soak up the local Greek Island culture. You can enjoy delicious Greek food and drinks as you chat to friendly locals about the history of the area. Alternatively, head into Skiathos Town for stunning architecture, such as the Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower, Cathedral of the Three Hierarchs and Skiathos Cemetery. You can either visit the places on your own or take one of the many walking tours around the town. For those who want to dig deeper into the culture of the area there are a few art galleries with modern as well as traditional Greek artworks on display and for sale.