Skiathos is the cosmopolitan island on Northern Sporades covering an area of 45 sq.km has been the top destination for thousands of tourists just in a few years. Skiathos can be reached by boat from Volos port (41 n.m.) and it’s an international tourist destination. The magnificent forest of Koukounaries, located just beside the seaside, the famous Banana Beach and its magical sunset, and the wetlands of Strofylia Lagoon will just take your breath away. Skiathos is offered for hot summer vacations, mostly for young people, with its special nightlife, as well as for people that seek relaxation.
Skiathos’ beautiful beaches with crystal waters, the green natural scape, the traditional villages, the local hospitality as well as the perfect touristic structures and the extreme nightlife are the clues that attract more Greek and foreign tourists every year.
Tourists can visit spots like the house of the great Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis, Bourtzi, the Castle of Skiathos as well as the traditional greek orthodox churches and monasteries. Read our article of 10 things to do and see in Skiathos.
Tourists can visit spots like the house of the great Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis, Bourtzi, the Castle of Skiathos as well as the traditional greek orthodox churches and monasteries.
Alexandros Papadiamantis museum
The museum was also his house that he lived and wrote his novels from 1879. Alexandros Papadiamantis was a famous greek writer and his house is located at 80 meters from the east port of Skiathos.
Bourtzi is a small peninsula that seperates the new from the old port of Skiathos. You will see the remnants of the old castle that was built in 1207 from the Grizi brothers. Today, there’s a cafe that many people choose to drink their coffee and enjoy the view to the port of Skiathos.
Castle of Skiathos
Castro is a natural peninsula that was used from the residents of Skiathos to protect themselves from the pirates. Today, you will see the remnants of the old buildings, four remaining churches, the gate, two water tanks, and a big canon.
Tsougrias and Arkos islands
Visit these two beautiful islets! Boat excursions are being organized from the old port with daily departures.
Churches and monasteries
Accommodation in Skiathos – Hotels in Skiathos – Rooms to let – Prices
You will find stylish and beatiful hotels and apartments in Skiathos town, Troulos, Agia Paraskeyi, Megali Ammos and Koukounaries. Also beautiful elegantly decorated villas are located in the island providing, pools, BBQ and fully equipped accommondation. The only camping in the island is located in Koukounaries. Many visitors choose to stay in Skiathos town because many taverns are in short distance from their hotel.
Transportation – Bus – Taxi – Rent a car in Skiathos – Ferry tickets to Skiathos
There are 3 bus lanes (see map for details)
Lane 1: Skiathos (Park of Elementary school) – Evagelistria Monastery
Lane 2: Skiathos (Park of Elementary school) – Ksanemos beach
Lane 3: Skiathos – Koukounaries
Ticket to Koukounaries costs 1.80euro and ticket to Agia Paraskevi costs 1.40euro. Buses depart every 20 minutes. Bus services operate from 07:00am till 00:00.
The taxi station operates 24hours a day and is located just 50 meters from the exit of the new port. Telephone 0030 24270-21460.
Rent a car in Skiathos
You will find many car rental companies in Skiathos town if you wish to rent a car while you are staying in Skiathos in cheap prices. Book now your rental car in Skiathos here
Banks – ATM
There are three banks in Skiathos town, Pireus Bank, National Bank and Alpha Bank. Withdrawal fees are from 2 euros (National Bank) to as much as 3,95.
Ferry tickets to Skiathos from Volos, Thessaloniki, Mantoudi, Aghios Konstantinos
Highspeed and conventional vessels make routes to Skiathos through the ports of Volos, Thessaloniki, Mantoudi and Aghios Konstantinos.
“Express Skiathos”, ferry ticket cost 25euros per person, car ticket costs 79euros. Departure from Volos 07:45 every day, arrival in Skiathos at 10:00
(Highspeed) “Flying Cat”. Ticket costs 41 euros. Departure from Volos at 16:00 every day, arrival in Skiathos at 17:40.
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Where to swim in Skiathos
You will find many beaches in Skiathos. Here are 6 must-visit beaches in Skiathos: Lalaria, Koukounaries, Aselinos, Agistros, Banana, Agia Eleni. Find out more about all beaches in Skiathos at our article: Where to swim in Skiathos
The exciting nightlife of Skiathos and the beach bars at Banana. Also, enjoy your drink and your cocktail at the Maxilares, an area inside the town with bars that have cushions.
Have an excursion to Lalaria beach by boat. It costs at about 10 euro to Lalaria-Castle and isle Tsougrias.
Sunset spots in Skiathos: beaches of Banana-Koukounaries-Agia Eleni and at the Castle (North Skiathos).
Visit famous Greek writer Papadiamanti’s House-Museum.
Visit the small island Arkos and have an excursion to Skopelos and Alonissos at the Marine Park of Alonissos which is the largest marine park in Europe.
Enjoy the view from Bourtzi at a lovely evening.
Events in Skiathos
Every year in summer the Festival of the Aegean takes place in Bourtzi area with concerts, theatrical shows, excibitions, folklore dances and more!
7th of September – the locals throw flowers to the sea in commemoration of the famous submarine Lampros Katsonis.
Easter Monday – a horse race is taking place near the lake of Koukounaries every year in honour of Agios Georgios.
Easter – on Holy Friday with 3 epitaphs.
15th of August – celebration in honour of Virgin Mary at the monastery of Evagelistria.
18th of August – celebration in Tsougrias island.
Skiathos – Nightlife – bars and restaurants
The nightlife in Skiathos ” hits ” on two points. In the coastal area of the village on the road to the airport where the fun and music continues until the morning hours and the second point where the ‘cushions’ in the old harbor were offering stunning cocktails. Another good choice is the bar at the Bourtzi for coffee or a drink.
Skiathos – Activities
Water Sports: at the beaches of Koukounaries, Banana, Kapapitsa, Ambelakia, Megali Ammos and Vromolimnos.
Diving: diving at the emerald waters of Skiathos with good underwater visibility. You will find 3 diving centers in Skiathos, the first in Koukounaries, the second in Tzaneria and the third in east-port Marina.
Boat Excursions: to Skopelos-Alonissos and the Marine Park. Also boats depart every day from the old port of Skiathos to Lalaria-Kastro-Tsougrias, ticket costs about 20euro.
Hiking: For lovers of nature and hiking trails having 25 paths which in total exceed the 197 kilometer distance.
Planespotting: The airport of Skiathos is the “Saint Martin” of Greece, the runaway is short and narrow and you can watch flights landing and taking off so close from you! Many ”planespotting” fans choose Skiathos because it’s cheaper than going to the airport of Sint Maarten. Read more and watch videos about planespotting in Skiathos here.
Horse Riding: You will find the horse riding center which operates for the last 21 years on the island behind the beach of Koukounaries. Also, every year on Easter Monday a horse race is taking place near the lake of Koukounaries in honour of Agios Georgios.
Of course we will not miss our report at the beach bar in Banana Beach where many young people choose to dance and drink cocktails.