The popular island of Skiathos is a huge attraction for holidaymakers thanks to its crystal clear waters, beautiful hidden bays and impressively colourful harbours. Although the island is known as having a sleepy atmosphere, it still offers plenty to do for adults, children and the family as a whole.
Here’s some of our top things to keep you occupied
Visit Papadiamantis Museum
This was the former home of Skiathos’s most famous person - Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911). It was here he spent his childhood before later becoming a novelist, writing more than 100 novellas and short stories, all of which were about island life. The house itself was built by his father in 1860 and is now a museum that shows the simplicity of local life before tourism reached the island. Open all year round, there is a small entrance fee.
Boat trip around Skiathos
Offering a great way to relax and see the island’s coastline, a boat trip is one of the more popular things to do in Skiathos. Embark on this trip and your first port of call will be the beach of Lalaria, one of the most photographed places in Greece. Here you will get to take in the amazing sights of the azure sea as well as the beach’s famous rocky arch. Next you will set sail to Kastro where you can leisurely wander round the ancient city, stop for lunch and even enjoy a swim. Your final stop will be Tsougrias; a small island opposite Skiathos’s port where you can sunbathe and enjoy the beach.
Mamma Mia excursion
No list of things to do in Skiathos would be complete without a visit to the nearby island of Skopelos, made famous by the Meryl Streep film - Mamma Mia - featuring the music of ABBA. Departing Skiathos in the morning, you will visit the famous church on the rock which has become one of the most popular venues for weddings. You will also visit the Port of Skopelos where you will have a few hours to meander the picturesque streets and enjoy the local food. Lastly you’ll experience Kastani, a trendy beach where you will have time to swim before heading back to Skiathos late afternoon.
Sweeping Bay of Koukounaries
Located on the southwest coast of Skiathos, Koukounaries Beach is one of the most photographed stretches in the Aegean. Its fine golden sand and clear waters make it ideal for families, offering a safe swimming environment and fantastic snorkelling opportunities. The backdrop to the beach is a blanket of beautiful pines and fig trees where you can escape the midday sun for some welcome shade.
Stroll around Skiathos Town
If you tire of the coastline, why not head to Skiathos Town for some retail therapy? Here you will find an array of traditional Greek artefacts such as ceramics, jewellery, and embroidery - perfect for picking up a souvenir. Don’t forget your camera as you will find many stunning photo opportunities including white-washed houses (covered with trailing bougainvillea and vines), red-tiled roofs and cobbled back streets.
Escape into the interior
For something a little different you could hire a car and see the interior of the northern part of the island. Here you will find a total contrast to the beaches as you drive amongst pines and olive trees, pass deserted monasteries and picturesque churches, and possibly even come across fresh water springs.
Horse riding through the countryside
For the equestrians among you, riding offers a great way to see some of Skiathos that you wouldn’t be able to reach by car. With a riding centre located just outside the resort of Koukounaries, you can join a trek through the forest and even enjoy some of the views of the coastline.
Wine and dine in a traditional taverna
Greece is, of course, well known for its tavernas, and the island of Skiathos is no exception. During the evenings the waterside tavernas attract people out for a stroll, whilst at lunchtime they act as perfect refuge away from the early afternoon sun. Spend a few hours in a traditional taverna over local favourites such as loukoumades (small honeyed fritters), pan-fried prawns or suckling pig, to name just a few.
As you can see, whilst Skiathos offers unparalleled relaxation time, it also has a whole host of things to keep you occupied, making it the perfect destination if you’re looking for a holiday that gives you a lot of options.
Take advantage of weekly direct flights from Southampton to Skiathos with Flylolo to experience this beautiful Greek island. Flights are running through the months of July, August and September 2018, with Tuesday flights offering a travel time of just 3.5 hours. Plus, children (2-15 yrs) get a discount of £25 off adult prices. Why not book your flight today?