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Guide to Skiathos

An eden of natural beauty in the Aegean Sea

The smallest island of the Sporades archipelago, Skiathos is revered for its pristine coastline of immaculate beaches, lush pine-covered hillsides and cool summer breeze. The most idyllic spot to begin island hopping the Aegean Sea, the beautiful soul of this island stands out amongst the lively and sociable ambience, and will be a memorable stop on your Greek yacht charter trip.

Considered to be the most beautiful place in the Mediterranean by many, nowhere better represents the natural splendour of Skiathos than Koukounaries Beach. The air is heavy with the scent of nearby pine trees, and the entire area is a protected nature reserve. The beach is a glittering sweep of soft white sands lapped by crystalline waters, which offer watersports if you’re so inclined. Just around the headland from here is Banana Beach, where you’ll find Nest Beach Bar, a fashionable spot for a sunset cocktail.

For a more secluded beach experience, walk through the forest from Koukounaries to Elia Beach for sands where you may not find another soul. Or visit Lalaria Beach, which is only accessible by boat. A tranquil strip of bleached egg-shaped pebbles which contrast starkly against the bold aqua of the ocean, this beach is truly breathtaking and can be found on Skiathos’ more remote northern coast.

If you’re looking for a break from beach life, you’ll find what is left of the ancient Kastro Fortress perched precariously on the northernmost tip of Skiathos. The restored ruins date back to 1540 and provide an insight into this beautiful island’s history against pirate invasion. The views across the glittering Aegean Sea are stunning too. Afterwards, head inland towards Skiathos Town to seek out Moni Evangelistrias, an 18th century monastery and the place where the Greek flag was first raised. There is also a vineyard here with a quaint café, where you can soak up the Grecian atmosphere. 

Skiathos Town is one of the prettiest towns you’ll see throughout the whole of the Sporades Islands. Fringed with pretty shops and restaurants, it is a meandering maze of alleyways and streets just begging to be explored. If you get lost, even better, as you’re sure to come across a typical Grecian café or taverna like Marmita Restaurant. One of the best places to eat in Skiathos, this Mediterranean restaurant is renowned for its exquisitely creative dishes and tranquil, candlelit courtyard. Skiathos Town also has a couple of museums dotted around, if you feel like whiling away a few hours. 

Skiathos Marina is a large marina conveniently located in the main town and is fully equipped with all suitable facilities. Able to accommodate vessels with a maximum length of 65m, this is most certainly the perfect place to berth and discover everything Skiathos has to offer. This haven of idyllic beaches and lush nature is ready to be explored on a yacht charter vacation. 

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Reasons to Visit

Exquisite and untouched beaches
Protected natural beauty
Mouthwatering Greek cuisine
Historical places of interest
Stunning ocean viewpoint

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Monuments
  • Marine Life
  • Nature
  • Diving
  • Anchorage

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