Known as one of the islands where Mamma Mia! The Movie was filmed , Skiathos is a lovely island, typically used as a stop-over before tourists head to a quieter island near-by: Skopelos.
How to get to Skiathos
Skiathos is accessible both by ferry and plane. It is served by an international airport, which receives domestic flights offered Aegean Airlines. Flights from other European cities also land here, Austria Airlines being one of the airlines which flies into Skiathos. Unfortunately, there aren’t any direct flights, which means the airfare is very expensive.
If you prefer to get here by ferry there are regular connections from Thessaloniki, Volos and some of the Greek Islands.
Weather in Skiathos
Part of the Sporades, Skiathos has a mild weather, similar to the one in Pelion. Winters are very wet and summers are warm. Compared to the Cyclades, summers are colder here. The average daytime temperatures in July and August reach about 25-26C.
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What to do
Skiathos town is the capital of the island. It’s a picturesque, traditional Greek town. You can find a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars here. The popular entertainment places are located on the main street Papadiamanti and on the seafront. It is kind of touristy though and the prices can be a bit too high.
Bourtzi Fortress is located on the peninsula with the same name. It used to be a fort but now it’s used for recreation. It is located right in the port. The views from above are absolutely stunning.
Skiathos Castle can easily be reached by car from the capital (about 1 hour drive). It is a former Medieval castle. The remains of the Turkish baths and the surrounding wall can still be seen here.
There are over 60 beaches on Skiathos, catering to all types of travelers. The south side has sandy beaches, which tend to get crowded while the north side of the island offers less crowded beaches.
Some of the beaches on Skiathos are:
Agia Eleni – sandy beach, 12km from the capital; umbrellas and sun beds for rent
Agia Paraskevi – sandy beach, near Skiathos town; a lot of tourist facilities
Achladies – sandy beach, 2 km from the capital; excellent for water sports
Banana – 10km from the capital; excellent for water sports, fine sand
Ftelia – 2km from the capital, picturesque landscape
Maratha – small sandy beach, tavern on beach, 10km from capital
Koukounaries – very popular, surrounded by pine trees, fine sand.