Spectacular holidays to Skiathos Town 2019 / 2020
Skiathos Town, located on the east coast of the stunning Greek Island of Skiathos, provides opportunities to simply relax on the beach as well as explore the history, culture and attractions of the capital of a Greek island. Wander through the pretty white-washed streets, stopping off in restaurants, bars and boutiques or making your way down to the beach. Home to the Mamma Mia! films and mixing smart luxury with the laid-back feel of Greece you can enjoy the best of both worlds on 2019 / 2020 holidays to Skiathos Town.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 3h 25m
When to go
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Skiathos Town has recently found fame in the Mamma Mia! films and is often a hot-spot for celebs looking for a bit of rest and relaxation. Head to the harbour and unwind as you listen to the waves lapping the boats, watch the yachts go out in the morning and back in the evening or just enjoy a drink or two. Evenings are perfect, with warm weather almost all year round, as well as cocktail bars serving up exotic cocktails, cool beers and delicious local and international wines. The beach is a must and provides plenty of opportunities to simply soak up the sun and unwind. Skiathos Town is fantastically connected for you to explore the whole island, visiting popular spots like Koukounaries, Aghia Paraskevi, and nearby Vassilias. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or family you’ll enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of holidays to Skiathos Town.
A holiday to Skiathos Town can be as lavish as you choose, with plenty of options for those who don’t want to break the bank as well. Enjoy delicious local and international wines at one of the many nearby bars or a choice of exotic cocktails made with fresh fruit from the local area. Treat yourself to a traditional Greek mezze and indulge in creamy dips, succulent local meats, fresh local seafood and produce grown on the nearby farms. Those who prefer Greek-International fusion and international dishes will find plenty of restaurants to choose from, with lots of delicious Mediterranean foods to try. Choose from local tavernas tucked into the whitewashed streets of the town or splash out on one of the more up-market fine dining options with breath-taking views over the sea and marina.
Families will love the laid-back atmosphere of holidays in Skiathos Town. Take the little ones to the beach for the day and watch them take a dip in the clear, shallow waters of the sea or build sandcastles on the beach. Older children will enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving or learning to water ski in the morning when the waters are calm and flat. Canoeing is a great option for those who want to explore the rest of this stunning coastline. And if your little ones’ love animals why not book a horse riding trip and explore Skiathos by land? If you’re travelling with fussy children there are plenty of dining options available, with international choices as well as some light and simple Greek fare.
Action & Adventure
Most of the activities in Skiathos Town revolve around the crystal clear waters of the sea. Rent your own boat or hire a skipper for the day and sail around the Skiathos coast, stopping in pretty bays for the afternoon. You might even see a pod of friendly dolphins! Alternatively, take to the water in the calm hours of the morning and learn to water ski. To experience the glistening waters from a different angle snorkelling and scuba diving trips are also available, or you could find yourself dragged along behind a motorboat in an inflatable banana or doughnut. If you prefer to stick to dry land why not hike or mountain bike along the pretty trails in the surrounding area? You can also take a ferry to the neighbouring Skopelos island. The trip takes just half an hour and is a great way to explore another landscape and enjoy two for one on your Greek Island holiday.
Life really is a beach in Skiathos Town. The town itself overlooks the sea, with the nearest beach, Megalis Amos, just 1.5 kilometres away, which takes just a quick bus ride or is easy walking distance. Here you’ll find sand and shingles with crystal clear waters which shelve gently into the ocean, ideal for little children who just want to paddle or splash about. There are plenty of sun loungers available to rent if you like to unwind with a good book or soak up the warm rays of the sun. Those who are more active can try some of the water sports on offer, including water skiing in the calm waters of the morning or canoeing if you prefer to explore this pretty coastline.
Skiathos is a compact island lined with gorgeous bays waiting for those willing to travel just a little way. Less than half an hours driving will find you at beautiful Koukounaries beach, the most popular on the island thanks to its soft white sand, gently rolling waves and pine-fringed shores. Koukounariesis also the most buzzing beach well serviced by café’s, shops, eateries and activities. Banana beach and charming Agia Eleni beach are just around the headland from Koukounaries and tend to be slightly less busy while still delightful. Troulos resort on the South coast has a lovely beach and is even closer to Skiathos Town, while up in the North coast, just a 20-minute drive from your hotel, the ruggedly beautiful Lalaria Beach is waiting for those with n explorative streak, it is only accessible by boat.
There is a variety of cocktail bars to choose from if you’re looking for a relaxing drink in the evening, as well as tavernas where you can chat to locals and enjoy local wines and beers, as well as international options. There are plenty of up-market options, as well as beautiful modern bars. Alternatively, sip drinks as you party on the beach or head to one of the larger clubs where you can dance the night away until the early hours of the morning. And if a good old British or Irish pub serving favourites from home is your tipple of choice there’s something on holidays to Skiathos Town for you.
Holidays to Skiathos Town are ideal for couples simply wanting to relax and soak up the culture and beauty of the Greek Islands. Wander hand in hand through the whitewashed streets, stopping off in one of the shops to pick up gifts and trinkets as you go. Duck into one of the cocktail bars for something sweet and exotic or a cool beer, or head to one of the restaurants along the front for gorgeous views of the sparkling sea and the yachts of the rich and famous. For the ultimate leisurely treat head to the spa and enjoy an indulgent massage, as well as a range of other treatments, before you head to one of the clubs and dance the night away.
Just wandering the streets of Skiathos Town allows you to immerse yourself in the incredible culture of the Greek Islands. Most of the buildings are in the pretty whitewashed style of the area and will make you feel as if you stepped into a painting. Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower are worth a visit for its beautiful views back over the town, while the Blue House Art Gallery is ideal for those who want to keep up with the more modern culture of Greece. The ruins of the Bourtzi fort stand impressively dividing the port in two. Build by the Gizi brothers and containing the ruins of a church it represents a formative era in Skiathos’s history. If you are interested in the religious history of the island a visit to the Cathedral of Three Hierarchs, the beautiful Evangelistria Monastery, and the Skiathos Cemetery are a top priority.