If you’re looking to get away from it all in every sense of the word, then give Skiathos a whirl. Beaches, watersports or propping up a bar are the order of the day here making this beautiful Greek isle the perfect fly and flop destination.
With more than 50 of the Aegean’s most beautiful beaches lapped by an almost Caribbean-coloured sea, Skiathos makes an instant impression. Inland from the coast, there’s a lush green backdrop of forests and mountains, which offer some relief from the fairly humid climate.
Skiathos enjoys long sunny summers and mild winters. Temperatures are cooler in autumn and spring are similar and vary between 18 and 24 degrees while winter rainfalls help to maintain the island’s lush vegetation throughout the year.
Skiathos Town is the island’s major settlement and port on the southeast coast and can get busy in the summer months. The rest of the south coast is interspersed with holiday villas and pine-fringed sandy beaches.
The town is a major tourist centre and cosmopolitan destination, with hotels, shops, galleries, travel agents, tavernas and bars spread along the waterfront. Opposite the waterfront via a short causeway lies tiny and inviting Bourtzi Islet.
Beach-hopping is a popular pastime for visitors to Skiathos. Head to Kastro, perched dramatically on a rocky headland above the north coast, to find the fortified pirate-proof capital of the island for almost 300 years. Mount Evangelistrias is Skiathos’ most famous monastery and acted as a hilltop refuge for freedom fighters during the War of Independence.
So for a cosmopolitan combo of stunning beaches, trendy bars and tavernas, and a verdant landscape, skip on over to Skiathos.