Welcome to the island of Skiathos, a Greek island situated just off the mainland in the northern Aegean Sea. Small at only 46 sq km, it is a popular holiday destination for many tourists because it has many of the best beaches in Greece, of which there are over 60 of them. The atmosphere is relaxed and the nightlife consists of tavernas and small bars and has plenty of accommodation to suit all taste and pockets.
Travelling to Skiathos from the UK is easy, as many of the large travel companies provide package holidays from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Newcastle airports. The island has its own small airport which is only a mile or so from Skiathos town and aircraft can often be seen flying down the harbour front on approach to the runway. The airport not only serves the charter flights from all over Europe, but a scheduled service comes in from Athens and there is now even a sea plane service.
For the independent traveller, you can purchase flight only deals and you can book accommodation directly with hotels or apartments. You can also reach the island via the Greek mainland from Volos on numerous ferries and hydrofoils which service the Sporades islands. Transport around the island is easy.
There is only one main road which runs along the south coastline between Skiathos Town and Koukounaries, this road is where most of the tourist villages and beaches are located. A bus service runs regularly every 15 minutes during the high season. From some of the beaches nearer to Skiathos Town there is a water taxi service which takes you straight to the old harbour. If you want to explore the centre of the island or the northern beaches, it is recommended that you hire a jeep, as the roads are mainly dirt tracks which are narrow and very rough in places. This is highly recommended as some of the northern beaches are extremely quiet even in high season.
Skiathos Town is a bustling cosmopolitan town both during the day and evening. The waterfront includes both the old and new Harbours, which includes a marina. Between the two harbours is the Bourtzi. This small peninsular has a taverna and houses the islands cultural centre. The main street away from the harbour front is Papadiamantis Street and this contains many shops, tavernas and bars and is a hive of activity in the evenings. If you prefer a more lively night’s entertainment, then on the road from the new harbour towards the airport, there are more tavernas, bars and night clubs. Part of the recent blockbuster movie Mamma Mia was filmed on Skiathos, with the majority of the filming taking place on the neighbouring island of Skopelos.