Skiathos Travel Guide
Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos © Jason Dixon
Possibly the most popular of the Sporades islands, Skiathos boasts more than 60 beautiful beaches and was the setting of the popular film, Mamma Mia. The island is only four miles (6km) wide and seven miles (11km) long, but has its own airport and each year attracts thousands of tourists to its busy and beautiful coastline.
Away from the resort areas along the south and east coast it is relatively undeveloped with shady woods, olive and walnut groves and quiet beaches that can only be accessed by boat. The seafront in Skiathos Town is lined with local tavernas, cafés and some excellent seafood restaurants that look over the lively marina. From here boat trips leave to take tourists around the island to swim in the sparkling blue-green waters and see the sights. The island offers a satisfying combination of modern amenities, resort attractions and unspoiled natural wonders for visitors.
The most famous beach on the island, and perhaps in all of Greece, is Koukounaries, a one mile (2km) strip of fine golden sand and crystal clear water set in front of a thick pine forest. It attracts many visitors, especially during July and August, and offers all sorts of watersports facilities.
Aside from the stunning coastline, Skiathos attractions include the ruins of a 12th-century Venetian fortress, and a visit to the deserted medieval town of Kastro is a sightseeing must. There are also a number of monasteries to visit, including the 17th-century Moni Evangelistria (the Monastery of Annunciation) and the Monastery of Agios Charalampos, where the local writer of short stories, Alexander Moraitidis, spent the remaining years of his life. Other interesting buildings include Bourtzi Fortress, and churches like Ayios Nikolaos and Trion Ierarchon.
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