My Skiathos secrets
Away from the crowds
Head inland or to the north coast to enjoy Skiathos away from the crowds (even in high season – it’s amazing how many people never stray from the south coast).
The island has many monasteries, but off many people’s radar is the tiny and secluded Hidden St John monastery. It is accessed by a footpath through lush forest leading from Kounistra monastery (which is up the road north from bus stop 18). Ask the woman who looks after Kounistra for directions, or follow the instructions in Victoria Sandels’ book ‘Walking on Skiathos’, which contains more information about the monastery.
Small and idyllic beaches
Small but idyllic beaches on the north coast worth visiting are Agistra, Krifi Ammos (hidden beach) and Little Kechria (see beaches section for more details).
Walk a dog
If you’re missing your pets from home, you can walk the dogs at Skiathos Dog Shelter (just before Kounistra monastery) between 9am and 1pm.
On the rocks
You don’t need to go to a beach for a swim – there are a couple of good spots in Skiathos Town itself. Locals swim at the ‘plakes’ rocks (carry on past the steps up from the old port and then left – watch out for sea urchins when you get in). There is also a diving board and swimming area below the Bourtzi.