Skiathos is the most popular of the Sporades group and the birthplace of
Papadiamantis, one of the most important writers of the Greek literature. It is
a green island with forests; abundant water and at least 60 large and small fine
beaches, which stretch all along the south-facing coast. Skiathos town the
capital and the main port of the island, offers a busy cosmopolitan life,
numerous local taverns, ouzeris and cafes located at the harbour. During the day
you can wonder around the small alleys and visit the small peninsula Bourtzi.
Don't miss to visit Kastro, Skiatho's most notable monument.
Skiathos town is the only built up area of the Island. It is a relatively new
settlement built amphitheatrically, spread out on the sides of two hills. Its
houses are traditional, with white painted walls and red roofs. As most of the
Greek island, Skiathos has narrow back streets waiting for exploration;
nevertheless much of the town's life is on the waterfront.
Bourtzi is a small peninsula, which divides the harbour into two. On it, the
Ghizi family built the Venetian fortress in 1207. The fort was destroyed in 1600
when the admiral Francesco Morozini occupied the island. From the present ruins
of the forts will transfer you in past periods.
The house of one of the greatest Greek authors, placed near the harbour, is a
museum of his personal belongings.
Kastro was erected in the middle of the 14th century; it was built on a
peninsula on the northern part of the island, which was a natural fortress,
because of the continuous pirate raids. Kastro was the island's sole town but
it was abounded in 1829. The dwellings, the chapels and the walls were ruined as
well as the bridge, which disappeared. Today there is little but remnants.
The most famous beach of the island and Greece. The beach
is 1km long with golden fine grain sand, crystal clear water and thick-growing
pine tress behind it. It attracts many visitors especially during August and is
organized with water sports and umbrellas.
Famous beach with large pebbles, blue-green waters, accessible only by boat form the town. Take
with you food and water because there is nothing there.
Banana: A sandy beach with clear waters. It is organized with umbrellas and offers water sports
facilities; there are also a few taverns available by the beach.
Organized sand beach with turquoise seas against a lush green background.
Karnagio: The Island's best restaurant in a traditional house, with
friendly atmosphere. It traditional cuisine, it serves fish dishes and lobster,
anchovy fillets and avocado cocktails. Asprolithos: Local specialties and
fresh seafood, served in a pleasant surrounding. Gerania: It serves Greek
and international dishes. Stamatis: Greek cooking, fresh fish and variety
of hors d'oeuvre.
How to get there
- By air: from the Eleutherios Venizelos airport of Athens
- By ferry: from Volos to Skiathos and from Agios Konstantinos.