Skiathos

Skiathos holidays

Say hello to a gorgeous piece of Greece, where dreamy shores and whitewashed towns are what it’s all about. With visits to dainty churches, hikes through lush forests and scenic boat trips on the agenda, there’s plenty to enjoy. Plus, the island's dinky size and great bus network make it a doddle to explore. One of the best things about Skiathos is that it's lucky enough to boast both the buzz of the crowds and total tranquillity. Weave among Mamma Mia! film fans in popular Skiathos Town or head to nearby Achladies where go-slow is the name of the game.

Byzantium Studios
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£420pp
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  • Bristol, Sun 03 Oct 2021
  • 7 Nights, Self Catering
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Byzantium Studios

Troulos, Skiathos

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Based on 132 reviews

  • Friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Ideal location
  • Spacious accommodation
Skiathos Palace Hotel
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£474pp
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  • Bristol, Wed 29 Sep 2021
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 Adults, 0 Children

Skiathos Palace Hotel

Koukounaries, Skiathos

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Based on 1935 reviews

  • Beautiful views
  • Spacious rooms and suites
  • Great range of dining options
  • Perfect for couples
  • Peaceful atmosphere
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT + 2hours

Cost of a beer

from €3 a bottle

3 course meal

from around €20

Flight times

4.5hrs

Beaches by the bucketload

Dreamy beaches are Skiathos’ signature style and there are 60 to choose from! Surrounded by pine trees, Koukounaries Beach on the island’s west side is touted as one of the best with its soft sands and aquamarine waters. Meanwhile, nearby Lalaria Beach on the north-eastern tip is another knockout. It’s only reachable by boat, so you’re in for a real adventure.

Spellbinding scenery

Tear yourself away from the coast and you’ll find the island’s interior is just as magical. Dense forest and rugged peaks create a beautiful green backdrop for walks and bike rides – there are 500km-worth of hiking trails across Skiathos! For more spectacular scenery, the islands of Skopelos and Alonissos are only a ferry ride away and are equally epic. 

Sunny, sunny, sunny…

 Ever wondered where you fave sun-drenched musical was filmed? That’s right, Mamma Mia! was snapped right here on the idyllic isle of Skiathos. Follow in the footsteps of Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and say: ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ to two familiar landmarks – St. Nikolaos Bell Tower and the Old Port! 
 

Achladies

On the south-east side of the island, just down the coast from Skiathos Town, you’ll find the dinky resort of Achladies.

Agia Paraskevi

In a peaceful spot on Skiathos’ south coast, Agia Paraskevi is the ultimate choice for go-slow Greek getaways.

Kolios

Lying on the sedate southern coast of Skiathos, Kolios is a place to pick for unwinding and enjoying one of the island’s best beaches.

Beaches

A whopping 27 miles of sun-soaked seafront makes up Skiathos. This waterside winner has bragging rights to more than 60 beaches, so there are oodles of places to flop down. White pebbles carpet popular Lalaria Beach, which is only accessible by boat, while golden sand dominates another favourite, Troulos Beach.

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Poros Beach

Poros Beach

Poros Skiathos, Skiathos

This quaint and secluded spot is the perfect choice if you want to sunbathe away from the crowds. The turquoise water is warm and calm so it’s perfect for swimming and there’s a handful of...
Achladies Beach

Achladies Beach

Achladies, Skiathos

Tucked into a sheltered bay, Achladies Beach is a beautiful sandy spot to unwind in the Greek sunshine. It's a vision of colour, with olive and citrus trees on one side and the glittering Aegean Sea on the...

Sights

Welcome to traditional Greece. Make a beeline for both Skiathos Town, the capital, and the captivating Old Port. It’s worth ticking off St. Nikolaos Bell Tower, Evangelistria Monastery and the castle, if you’re big on history and culture.

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Agia Paraskevi church

Agia Paraskevi church

Agia Paraskevi, Skiathos

Hidden between centuries-old trees in a pretty yard, you’ll find this charming stone-built church. If you’re around on 27 July, the Day of St. Paraskvei, don’t miss the local festival that...
Agios Nikolaos Church

Agios Nikolaos Church

Skiathos Town, Skiathos

This beautiful church and clock tower sits atop a hill that peers over Skiathos Town. The views of the town and the shimmering bay below are breathtaking. The church also has a claim to fame as the dreamy...

Activities

While there’s plenty to see on dry land here, who’s eager to explore the sea? Set sail on a boat trip to Skopelos for almost luminous shades of turquoise waters and emerald headland. You can also discover an incredible underwater world with the scuba diving offering or journey to laid-back Kanapitsa and Platanias, two charming villages.

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Alonissos National Marine Park

Alonissos National Marine Park

Skiathos

Discover the natural beauty of Alonissos National Marine Park. From Patitiri, jump aboard a boat and cruise around the island’s turquoise waters, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins, turtles and the...
Boat tour around Lalaria sea caves

Boat tour around Lalaria sea caves

Skiathos

Not far from Lalaria Beach, you'll find this pair of natural treasures. Head out on a boat tour and discover Skotini and Galazia, two famous sea caves. On the tour you’ll see the beautiful reflections of the...

Eating and drinking

The island is known for its homegrown juicy olives, as well as honey and preserves of deliciously-fruity flavours. But when it comes to main meals, you can’t beat the fresh fish dishes. Family-run tavernas are dotted all around, so you can tuck into classic Greek feasts.

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Infinity Blue

Infinity Blue

Kolios, Skiathos

This incredibly popular restaurant has an upmarket vibe, putting a modern, refined twist on classic Greek dishes. The views are just as stunning as the beautifully presented plates of food. Dine looking out on...
Maistrali

Maistrali

Agia Paraskevi, Skiathos

This classic Greek taverna has the look of a traditional wooden village house. The flower-lined pathway leads to a lovely al fresco dining area and a shaded veranda. The food is just as appealing, with...

Shopping

Picking up souvenirs from Skiathos is a doddle. Teeny trinkets and mini mementos are sold in many of the dinky shops and convenience stores here. You’ll also come across a few places specialising in jewellery, while others are great for purchasing bags of dried fruit and nuts.

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Shopping in Skiathos Town

Shopping in Skiathos Town

Skiathos

If a little retail therapy is on the cards, Skiathos Town is a great place to pick up a few treats. Head to Papadiamantis Street, the backbone of the resort, and you’ll find a selection of high-street brands...
The Blue House Art Gallery

The Blue House Art Gallery

Skiathos Town, Skiathos

For the ultimate artistic keepsakes and souvenirs from Skiathos, check out the Blue House Art Gallery. The shop offers distinctive handmade jewellery and ceramics. Look out for glistening stones and gems and...

Nightlife

Go to a club or play things low-key – you’ll have the best of both worlds here. Buzzing bars and clubs with DJs spinning the decks will be on hand to make sure you have a great night out. Most of the restaurants are atmospheric, friendly and show off fab wine lists too.

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La Bussola Bar

La Bussola Bar

Koukounaries, Skiathos

La Bussola Bar is perfect for a relaxed spot to while away the evenings in Koukounaries. Whitewashed wooden furnishings and shaded verandas give it a chilled, beach bar vibe. There's a wide choice of drinks and...
The Borzoi Club

The Borzoi Club

Skiathos

Whatever your favourite tipple, the fantastic selection of delicious cocktails at the stunning The Borzoi Club has you covered. Located in a former olive press, this is now Skiathos Town's most cosmopolitan...
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