Sandwiched in the water between mainland Greece and the island of Skopelos, Skiathos holidays immerse you within a rich tradition of Greek heritage while having acclimatised to the ever-warm Mediterranean atmosphere; sun, sand and scintillating views all combining to make Skiathos a haven for holidaymakers. Not unlike the majority of Greek islands, Skiathos has a vibrant and lively nightlife which explodes into life as the sun sets over the horizon, but with a wealth of historical attractions and picturesque sights, holidays to Skiathos can be so much more.
Greece is known for its accommodating and friendly atmosphere, and with locally-owned restaurants and boutiques Skiathos is no different in providing a homely culture in which to relax. Over 65 sun-splashed beaches will also mean that Skiathos can act as the ultimate respite away from the stresses and strains of everyday life – a prominent combination for an endearing holiday experience.
Wherever you decide to base yourself during Skiathos holidays, you can be sure of winding cobbled streets, Venetian and Ottoman architecture and an authentic aura emanating from the tantalising towns and quaint little fishing villages around the island. To the east of the island, Skiathos Town will host just about every activity you’ll need for an energetic escapade, whether you want to explore the depths of the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkelling session, relax on the gold-glittered beaches or experience the raucous nightlife that paints the scene in a colourful neon tinge.
If you’ve arrived on your holidays to Skiathos to unwind amid the famed pine forests, then the southern resorts are the best place for relinquishing yourselves to the natural splendour. Koukounaries and Kanapitsa opulently showcase luxurious hotels, many having their own spas for a viscerally relaxing affair, while hiking through pine forests and breathing in the verdant, vegetative aromas is another way to leave the hustle and bustle of the world behind.
A Colourful Vibrancy
Whether you want to make the most of the natural landscapes, delve into a range of activities along the sandy embankments that lap up the summer sun or peruse the historic ruins and towns which are born out of resplendent views, holidays in Skiathos will always open your eyes to a varicoloured kaleidoscope of shades and beauty. If it’s a mixture of history and culture you’re after, then making the trip to the Medieval Castle is a must. Just off of Lalaria Beach you’ll come across the majestic medieval building which was at the heart of many Venetian and Ottoman disputes, and is a wonderful example of Skiathos’ rich heritage-ingrained past.
Many top destinations are situated around Skiathos Town and heading south will transport you to the small resort of Troulos, an ideal escape for families. Lusciously white sands and crystal clear waters decorate the shores, while from Troulos Beach you will be able to look out towards a small green coloured islet, jutting out from below the waters and standing proud in providing eclectic scenery upon which to gaze. Skiathos holidays in Troulos also allow the chance for picking up a trinket or two at Patitiro Souvenirs, before heading to one of the many snack bars and trying out some authentic Greek cuisine.
Your stay wouldn’t be complete without engaging in the eclectic nightlife opportunities that exist in the more lively parts of the island. Skiathos Town draws the majority of party animals and with an assemblage of cocktail bars crammed around the old port it’s easy to see why it’s counted among the islands top attractions. Venue, Seven Steps and Rock n Roll are just a few of the top bars that you should visit before heading to the strip, while a lack of entrance fees for the majority of clubs here will mean club-hopping for a more diverse dance scene is easy. Whereas away from the dynamic allure of Skiathos’ finer clubs, you can always find solace on your holidays in Skiathos in the many monasteries such as Panagia Evangelistria, a more humbling excursion that will suit the adventurers and culture vultures among you.