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Skiathos | Cosmopolitan Greek Island Retreat

Skiathos is a small, charming Greek island in the Sporades archipelago. It has glorious beaches, fragrant pine forests, and active nightlife, especially in Skiathos Town. The main tourist spots are in the southeast of the island.

For a family-friendly atmosphere, the west coast and interior are perfect. Make Skiathos part of your Sporades Islands Itinerary Skiathos to Skiathos Itinerary, or your Skiathos to Athens 14-Day Itinerary.

Skiathos Seacave

Places to see on Skiathos

  • Skiathos Town. During the day, explore the old churches and Venetian houses. The town comes alive at night with music, dancing, and a party atmosphere.
  • Kastro (Old Town): Nestled on a hilltop, Kastro is the historic old town of Skiathos. While much of the original medieval settlement has been lost to time, you can still explore remnants of ancient walls, ruins, and charming narrow streets. It offers a glimpse into the island’s rich history.
  • Kounistra Monastery: Perched in the hills of Skiathos, the Kounistra Monastery is a serene and beautiful site to visit. This monastery dates back to the 17th century and features a lovely courtyard, a small chapel, and lush gardens. It’s a peaceful place to explore and offers panoramic views of the island.
  • Bourtzi Peninsula. This tiny peninsula divides the island port into two parts. It has a fascinating history and a cultural center that hosts theater and musical performances. You can also visit the Museum of Naval and Cultural Tradition of Skiathos here.
  • Sea caves: Near Lalaria beach, you’ll find two sea caves, Skotini and Galazia. Skotini is a very dark cave, while Galazia is famous for its beautiful blue reflections on its rocks.
  • Alexandros Papadiamantis House Museum: Dedicated to the famous Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis, this museum is located in a traditional Skiathian house in Skiathos Town. It showcases the life and works of this renowned writer and provides insights into the island’s culture during his time.

Things to do on Skiathos

  • Soak up the sun. Tsougrias Beach is popular with families because the water is calm and shallow. Lalaria Beach on the northeastern island has magnificent scenery and tranquil blue water. Make sure to bring your sunscreen, especially at the nudist Banana Beach.
  • Hike: Lace up your hiking boots and explore scenic trails. The Kastro Trail, leading to the historic ruins of Kastro, offers fantastic views. The Alexandros Papadiamantis Trail takes you to the famous author’s grave.
  • Take a tour around the island on the Eleni Boat. You’ll visit the small uninhabited island of Tsougrias, the white stone beach of Lalaria, and the medieval town of Kastro.
  • Shop. Boutiques like Arkos and Natura Skiathos offer unique Greek fashion and products.
  • Nightlife: The island is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Skiathos Town has many bars, clubs, and tavernas that come alive after dark. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and dancing.


The island has many restaurants and taverns where you can embrace your inner foodie. Whether you favor a laid-back and inexpensive meal or if you’re in the mood for something more upscale and elegant, you’ll undoubtedly find something you love. Best of all, many restaurants are by the water and offer gorgeous views.

Skiathos is well-known for its amygdalota, a traditional macaroon biscuit. Another delicious option is Skiathos pies. The local version is called hortopita, and it’s made with greens, herbs, and feta cheese. Traditional ingredients include local wines, homemade liqueurs, olives, and honey.

Marinas and Anchorages

Skiathos Marina. Offers 350 berths. Amenities include water, electricity, fuel, and Wi-Fi.

The marina is north of the island’s main port. It is within walking distance of many good tavernas, restaurants, and bars near the sea. In addition, there’s a grocery store and medical services.