Skiathos is a Greek island situated just southeast of Greece and its amiable climate coupled with its stunning beaches has made it a popular summer destination for Brits. The best time to visit this wonderful island is during the warm summer months of July and August as the temperature reaches highs of 30 degrees but there is still a light breeze.
Skiathos is served by Skiathos Island National Airport (JSI) which is situated in the east of the island. Direct flights to Skiathos only run during the popular months between May and October and a return ticket costs less than £300. While flight times vary according to which airport in the UK you depart from, on average, the flight from London to Skiathos takes just over three hours.
What to Do in Skiathos
Undeniably, one of the most attractive features of Skiathos is its stunning, sandy beaches. One of the most famous beaches in Skiathos is Koukounaries which is bordered by the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea on one side and lush pinewoods on the other. This 1km beach is often regarded as the best beach in the whole of Greece not only because of its beauty but also because of its excellent tourist facilities. If you fancy practising water sports head to Vromolimnos which is situated just between Skiathos town and Korkounaries. Here you will find a lively, younger crowd and excellent water for surfing and water skiing.
Be sure to pay Skiathos Town, the cosmopolitan centre of the island, a visit. Here you will find traffic-free streets filled with cafes, boutiques and authentic tavernas. Walking around the town, there are number of interesting monuments to be found such as the Bourtzi Fortress, a 13th-century fortress on an islet just off the harbour. In the evening there are plenty of restaurants and bars to unwind in. If you are looking for something more lively, head to the eastern part of the town. Here you will find a plethora of night clubs where you dance away until dawn!
If you head to Skiathos between late June and early October, be sure to get involved with the Aegean Festival. This celebration comprises of Greek plays, traditional music and dance at the Bourtzi Cultural Centre. Performances start late in the evening and cost around 15€.
Skiathos is incredibly popular between from July to September, so make sure that you book your accommodation well in advance. If you are want to stay in a location that is close to the best night life and the cosmopolitan delights of the island, look for accommodation in Skiathos Town.
Hotels within the limits of Skiathos town are nice, but if you are looking for something a bit more special why not look for a villa in an encompassed by an olive groves or along the edge of secluded beach?