Welcome to Skiathos

The gods must have been smiling when they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling multitude of beaches vastly out of proportion with its modest size.  The island’s sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract thousands of tourists each year, taking advantage of the hot, dry summer weather and opportunities for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-round relaxation.

Skiathos

View from Skiathos Town

Quiet

But while there is no doubt that the island’s coastline is its main draw, those who venture inland will discover a quieter and equally beautiful landscape filled with peaceful churches and monasteries, pine forests, olive groves and wild herbs.  The traditional rural lifestyles of some islanders have remained surprisingly constant through the huge changes of the past few decades.  Walking is an excellent way to explore this side of Skiathos and is a popular pursuit in spring and autumn: stunning views are to be found almost everywhere.  The protected ‘biotope’ nature reserve of Strafilios lagoon is one of only three such environments in Greece.

A chic beach destination for A-list stars and royalty

Yacht in Skithos

At the port of Skiathos: Owner unknown.

In the sixties and seventies, Skiathos was the chic destination of choice for many actors, rock stars and other celebrities.  The island remains a popular port of call for breathtakingly expensive yachts and the impressive roll call of visitors to have dropped anchor here in recent years includes an array of A-list stars and royalty.

Skiathos is very popular among Brits and Germans

The rich and famous continue to grace Skiathi shores, but these days charter flights and regular ferries have opened up the resort to a much wider range of people.  Among the many foreign nationalities who visit (alongside a fair number of Greeks), it is especially popular with British and German tourists.  Sizeable expat communities dwell permanently on the island and contribute to its character. The British community is the largest and most prominent, and virtually everywhere you go people will understand at least basic English.

Tsgoria church

Church in Skiathos. Photo by Jonathan Knott

Understated nightlife

While there are plenty of busy bars and clubs on Skiathos, the nightlife is more understated than on some other 24-hour, ‘party till you drop’ Greek islands (admittedly, not a hard thing to achieve).  The holidaymaker demographic includes many families and older couples, and if the party scene is not for you it is entirely possible to visit, even in high season, without it intruding on your stay.

‘Mamma Mia’ has raised Skiathos’ profile

The hit Abba musical ‘Mamma Mia’, which was filmed here, as well as on the neighbouring island of Skopelos, has further raised the profile of Skiathos in recent years.  The boat ‘Columbus’ used in the early scenes can often be seen moored in the old port, and residents reminisce fondly about appearing as extras in the film.

8 Comments so far...

Nick Karvounis Says:

15 February 2011 at 12:11 pm.

Amazing articles about Skiathos. I have featured your Blog at the Facebook Skiathos page http://www.facebook.com/skiathos.greece

gill martin Says:

15 February 2011 at 4:16 pm.

AFTERmy 20yrs of travelling abroad to several different countries,including 11 greek islands ,SKIATHOS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST>IT HAS EVERYTHING TO OFFER,ALL AGE GROUPS. I PARTICALLY LOVE THE TOWN ,The many boat trips to explore from the town,its many restaurants,the friendliest beaches, close to get to,each with their own small village,to enjoy.I TRY TO GO TWICE A YEAR JUNE AND SEPTEMBER.s,agapw skiathos <3.see you soon

Manos Says:

23 February 2011 at 10:44 am.

Not to state the obvious, but how can you advise other people on Skiathos when you don’t live or work there. And where are you getting your information and why isn’t it attributed properly?

Also suspicious is the tagline of “honest,” as if trying too hard to sell people you’re not lying.

Sketchy Skiathos.

Janelle Freysen Says:

24 February 2011 at 10:52 am.

My husband and I are South African and have been visiting Skiathos since 1985
We love this island so much that we recently bought a villa at Sklithri and now go to Skiathos every year for 4 months – from June until September
We have done the usual tourist thing of island hopping but there is only one island for us and that is Skiathos!
In South Africa we own a 4 star Bed and Breakfast, http://www.villacalla.co.za and on our property in Skiathos we also have 2 x double en-suite studios which are rented out during the Skiathos summer
We cannot wait to get to our beloved island and thoroughly enjoy the people, food, beaches and the entire ambience of Skiathos

Jonathan Knott Says:

13 March 2011 at 5:14 pm.

Nick, Gill and Janelle, thank you for your comments and I am glad you like Skiathos as much as I do!
Manos – I did the research on Skiathos in 2010. The information is gained from my own personal observation so I don’t need to ‘attribute’ it to anyone else. I didn’t write the tagline but I can assure you I tried to give as honest an impression of the island as I could. I hope this answers your questions.

Yvonne Ayoub Says:

4 June 2011 at 8:18 pm.

Great blog, Jonathan! I’ve enjoyed all your articles and have added your link to my blog about Skiathos too: PAINTING SKIATHOS Regards, Yvonne.

Misty Rowe Says:

12 July 2012 at 6:39 pm.

I too love Skathos but havent been for a few years, been trying out some other islands…We are always drawn back & intend to visit again in June 2013…Can anyone please help as to the cost of meals these days? Many thanks

Paul Morkel Says:

9 September 2012 at 10:18 pm.

FROM CAPE TOWN–SOUTH AFRICA. WE HAVE VISITED SKIATHOS FOR THE LAST 27 YEARS AND WILL BE BACK IN 2013. ITS ABSOLUTE PARADISE AND PEOPLE ARE FANTASTIC. NOT SPOIT BY TOO MANY TOURISTS BUT HAS A SUPER BUZZ “IN SEASON” ANOTHER BIG PLUS IS VALUE FOR MONEY–I NEVER FEEL LIKE I WAS BEING RIPPED OFF. MAN I LOVE THIS PLACE.

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