Introducing holidays to Koukounaries
Koukounaries is one of the few residential areas on the island of Skiathos, apart from the town area itself. It is a compact and relatively quiet place, with a scenic village close to a pine forest, from which its name originates (Koukounaries is a Greek colloquial name for pine trees). The town is most famous for its beautiful beach, renowned as the best on Skiathos, perhaps even in the whole of Greece.
With only 150 permanent residents, Koukounaries is secluded enough for those who wish to avoid the bustle of Skiathos Town and is ideal for those who prefer a more laid-back, relaxing vacation. This is a fantastic resort for holidaymakers who wish to experience the best of Greek life at their own pace, whether you’d like to take strolls on the beach, go scuba diving or revel in the breath-taking beauty of nature in the Koukounaries area.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 3h 45m
When to go
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Life’s a beach
As one of Skiathos’ most popular beaches, Koukounaries combines natural beauty, water sports and ideal conditions for sunbathing. The beach is famed for its unspoilt white sand and clear blue waters which immerse you in a tropical paradise from the moment you step foot on the island. Many holidaymakers consider the beach to be the best feature of Koukounaries and spend the majority of their vacation enjoying its distinctive natural beauty and excellent range of activities. The beach is well-maintained and organised, with plenty of sun loungers and parasols to protect you from the powerful rays of the sun.
There’s a good selection of snack bars and kiosks, ensuring your holiday won’t be spoilt by hunger pangs. For the more active holidaymaker, there’s a multitude of water-based activities to enjoy, from scuba diving and snorkelling to swimming and boat trips. Just behind the beach is a wetland area, well worth a visit to take in the native beauty of the area and spot some of the local wildlife.
Koukounaries is an ideal holiday destination for those who prefer a fuss-free beachside holiday. As the island of Skiathos is so small, you can easily walk to many places or hop on the bus that operates between a number of southern resorts in the area. Koukounaries town itself is peaceful and quiet, making it ideal for experiencing traditional Greek life. Most inhabitants of Koukounaries are in the travel business and they are seasoned pros in making your stay a pleasant one. You’ll enjoy mingling with the friendly natives, savouring the delicious local food and taking strolls around the scenic town centre.
If you find yourself craving a more vibrant nightlife scene, it’s worth taking a trip to Skiathos Town. The island’s capital comes alive at sunset, with local favourites Bob’s Bar and the Stay Cool Cocktail Bar offering good food and company. There are plenty of restaurants both in and around the island’s resorts that serve Greek’s renowned seafood-oriented cuisine. Other notable attractions include the beautiful Monastero di Panagia Evangelistria and Il Kastro, which makes for a great hiking destination.