Destination Spotlight September: Skiathos

Elaine’s  favourite holiday destination has always been Greece, with one of her favourite Greek Islands being Skiathos.

Here Elaine shares what makes Skiathos so special…

With its picturesque harbour, cobbled streets in the old town, lush countryside and beautiful beaches you can’t beat Skiathos for a typically Greek experience. Whether you want a family holiday or romantic break for two, there is something for everyone.

Many people stay in Skiathos Town itself which is just minutes from the airport. It’s a quirky place, with clusters of restaurants and taverna’s situated not only around the harbour but within the streets and alleys that lead off.

When I visit Skiathos I like to travel around, exploring the beautiful island in detail and with it being such a small island it never takes long, and if you don’t fancy hiring a car it’s inexpensive to get around. If you wanted to use public transport then getting around has never been easier! With an excellent bus service running along the coast from Skiathos Town, it gives any keen explorer the opportunity to experience the many coves and beautiful beaches – From the famous Koukounaries to lesser known Mandraki you will be spoilt for choice with picturesque views.

Where to Stay

There is plenty of choice and variety when it comes to accommodation, from 5 Star hotels, beautiful waterside or rural villas to the selection of many small tavernas with rooms and apartments, there’s definitely something for everyone.

Where to Go

If lazing around on the beach or by the pool is not your thing then there are plenty of walking trails to explore. If you wanted to go further afield then visitors to Skiathos can make day excursions to nearby islands Skopelos (location for hit film Mamma Mia) and Alonissos. There’s horse riding activities, watersports, or if you prefer a walk taking in the spectacular views of the scenery, including the luxury yachts moored in the harbour and the fishermen bringing in their latest catch of the day.

Where to Eat

With an array of restaurants and bars to enjoy local dishes such as Stifado (a Greek stew), you will not be disappointed. Beautifully cooked fresh seafood and salads make evenings out a delight, especially when teamed with the excellent choice of local wines. For fine dining, The Windmill Restaurant in Skiathos Town is a special treat. For more reasonable fare, Skiathos Town has an array of places serving Souvlaki (marinated Greek chicken skewers) or Gyros (traditional Greek kebab served in a pita bread)

Where to hang out

Skiathos can be as quiet or as lively you choose, from laid back bars overlooking the sea (Goldfish Cocktail Bar is a must) through to cosmopolitan nightclubs (try the Kahlua Club) to let your hair down and enjoy the music.Skiathos offers both types of evening leaving the choice completely up to you.

All the above teamed with a beautiful summer climate, crystal clear seas and the sounds of the Greek Bouzouki in the background, Skiathos really is the ideal location for a perfect Greek island getaway.

If this has whetted your appetite for a Greek adventure or you’d like to know more about holidaying in Skiathos or Greece itself then why not get in touch.

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