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Skiathos Holidays

Skiathos Holidays

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Skiathos is home to a history-filled Old Town, pine-framed beaches and the inviting waters of the Aegean Sea.

Destination Highlights

  • Over 60 stunning beaches
  • Family-friendly destination
  • Party paradise island
  • Hub for all types of holiday activities
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Skiathos?

    Beach holidays in Skiathos are a combination of relaxation and entertainment, with the island’s diverse range of beaches. Be sure to keep these in mind:

    • Vromolimnos Beach - One of the most naturally pretty beaches in Skiathos with its calm bay and pine forest surroundings.
    • Troulos Beach - A popular beach for sun worshippers and families alike to enjoy a fun-filled day with many activities.
    • Banana Beach - Known as an entertainment hub for beach parties, this stretch of golden sands is one not to miss.
    • Lalaria Beach - A paradise for sea caves and wild rocks, this Insta-worthy beach can be easily accessed by boat.
    • Koukounaries Beach - One of the busiest beaches on the island, this one offers crystal clear waters and is a foodie’s haven.
    • Diamandis Beach - This secluded stretch of sands can only be accessed through a narrow footpath in Kanapitsa on the west coast of the island.
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    What are the top hotels in Skiathos?

    Whether you’re seeking a memorable family holiday to Skiathos or romantic week in the sun, this island has something for everyone. Keep an eye out for these amazing hotels:

    • Hotel Skiathos Princess - An idyllic family retreat with luxurious accommodation and a world-class list of facilities to enjoy for a week-long holiday.
    • Panorama Hotel - Relaxation is key at this hotel with its serene view into the natural side of the island and top amenities.
    • Elivi Skiathos - Surrounded by gorgeous greenery and sea views for days, this hotel is all about living the luxurious Greek island life. A deluxe stay for everyone.
    • Skiathos Luxury Living - The beachfront accommodation is a selection of apartments and maisonettes which boast all the luxury you could ask for on your island getaway.
    • Kanapitsa Mare Hotel - Situated on the beautiful pine and olive hillside, this hotel is moments from the beach and offers stunning panoramic sea views you’ll never forget.
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    What's the food like in Skiathos?

    Greek cuisine is a foodie’s idea of heaven, and Skiathos lives up to the hype with these must-try dishes:

    • Hotopita (Skiathos pies) - Its classic pies are a must for everyone on the island, especially the herb pies.
    • Amygdalota - These delicious traditional macaroon-style biscuits are almond flavoured and served as a dessert.
    • Peskandritsa stew - For this recipe, a marriage of fish, including lobsters and crayfish, and vegetables make up the perfect blend for this traditional stew.
    • Crayfish with grass - A traditional spring dish made with crayfish and vegetables for a light meal.
    • Skiathos baklava - This delicious traditional dessert is crafted with up to fifty sheets of thin pastry, cloves, and walnuts.

    Looking for the best restaurants to try in Skiathos? Check out these top dining spots:

    • Marmita - This authentic restaurant is the prime spot for classic and fresh Greek food in a traditional house.
    • Maria’s Pizza - This iconic place for authentic pizza and a whole range of Italian grub is a lovely restaurant for everyone.
    • Lo & La - Overlooking Skiathos’ Old Harbour, this fabulous restaurant offers an open-air terrace and sizable menu to choose from.
    • Infinity Blue - The seascape location is enough to hook you into this restaurant. Enjoy island views and a varied Mediterranean menu.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in Skiathos?

    Greeks know how to party, and on the island of Skiathos it’s non-stop parties and music events. Check out these top places for the best night of your life:

    • Dan and Zoe’s Blind Dog - Located in the heart of Skiathos town, this bar is the place to be for a memorable night with top musicians and of course, meeting Guy the blind dog.
    • Phedrock Bar - This revamped bar with its quirky interior is a hub to watch a sports game on one of its many TVs or a place to dabble in a variety of different cocktails. A bit of something for everyone.
    • Totem Bar - For the liveliest atmosphere in town, this is the bar to be at with live music every single night to get the party started.
    • Gin Fish Bar - This scenic waterside bar has a combination of good views, good food and even better drinks for a laidback evening experience.
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    What events can I go to in Skiathos?

    The event scene in Skiathos can range from traditional celebrations with the locals to live music events. Here are some of the best to check out:

    • The Carnival (February) - This is the event of the winter months, with wild costumes, delicious street food, live music, eccentric floats, and lots of fun with locals and visitors alike gathering to celebrate.
    • Agios Georgios (April) - The feast of Agios Georgios means large celebrations on the island. Horse races are organised followed by traditional dances and a feast of authentic Greek grub.
    • Easter (April–May) - Easter time is a huge celebration in Greece and especially on the island of Skiathos. It’s even bigger than Christmas and takes place on a different date to Western Christian Easter. The celebration is packed with many religious celebrations and processions in the town, followed by huge feasts of traditional food for everyone.
    • Feast of Agia Paraskevi (July) - This entertaining extravaganza is the largest celebration in July. The event includes colourful folk dancing, traditional costumes, and music, basically everything that screams fun and entertainment.
    • Bourtzi Festival (July and August) - During the summer months when the island is packed with tourists, many cultural events take place in Bourtzi, an old fortress between Skiathos’ old and new ports. These events include exhibitions, dance performances, theatre productions and lectures. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
    • Ascension of the Virgin Mary (August) - Here’s a beautiful service for the Evangelistria Monastery to celebrate the Ascension of the Virgin Mary. Many of the locals and Greeks from other islands gather to join in.
    • Katsonia Festival (September) - This festival is the commemoration of the Greek submarine Lambros Katsonis, which sank off Skiathos during World War Two in 1943. During the festival, locals throw flowers into the sea.

    Things to do in Skiathos

    Wander around Skiathos Old Town

    The Old Town is the heart of Skiathos. You’re guaranteed to get lost in the wonders of its gorgeous backstreets, stairways and endless boutique shops and independent eateries.

    Visit the Evangelistria Monastery

    Built in 1794 by a group of Kollyvades monks, the Evangelistria Monastery is an historic building full of 17th century artifacts. Set on a hill and surrounded by a pine forest, the monastery can either be hiked or driven to, whichever type of adventure you fancy.

    Plan a day to Lalaria Beach

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Lalaria beach can only be reached by boat and is worth the sail. Its natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and secluded vibe are everything you need to relax.

    Go diving

    Island life is all about experiencing the beautiful clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Skiathos is a hotspot for water sports, including its huge diving scene. The island is home to numerous diving centres, whether you’re a newbie or an experienced diver, there’s plenty to explore in Skiathos.

    Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower

    Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower is the top cultural tourist attraction in the town. The church is renowned to offer some of the best views over the island and is a great spot to watch the sunset.



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    What's the weather like in Skiathos?

    Skiathos is a Greek island located in the north west of the Aegean Sea. The best time to visit Skiathos is between June and September, when average temperatures range between 22 °c and 26 °c, the sea is warmest and you can enjoy between 9 and 12 hours of sunshine.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 9 °c 15 °c 4 h
    Feb 10 °c 15 °c 5 h
    Mar 11 °c 14 °c 7 h
    Apr 15 °c 15 °c 9 h
    May 19 °c 18 °c 10 h
    Jun 23 °c 22 °c 10 h
    Jul 26 °c 24 °c 12 h
    Aug 25 °c 25 °c 10 h
    Sep 22 °c 24 °c 9 h
    Oct 18 °c 21 °c 8 h
    Nov 13 °c 19 °c 7 h
    Dec 10 °c 17 °c 5 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Skiathos

    How long does it take to fly to Skiathos?

    It takes about 3.5 hours to fly to Skiathos from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Skiathos?

    Skiathos is 2 hours ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Skiathos?

    The official currency of Skiathos is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Skiathos?

    The official language spoken in Skiathos is Greek.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Skiathos?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Skiathos?

    Yes, you need to pay a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which is payable on arrival in the hotel:

    • 5-star hotels: €4 per room, per night
    • 4-star hotels: €3 per room, per night
    • 3-star hotels: €1.50 per room, per night
    • 1-star & 2-star hotels: €0.50 per room, per night
    • 1-4 key apartments: €0.50 per room, per night

    Do I need a visa to travel to Skiathos?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Skiathos. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Skiathos?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Skiathos on the FCO website.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Skiathos for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Holly Brady:


    Easy app to use, booked many holidays with this company and never disappointed! Brilliant!!

    Elizabeth Finnigan:


    Amazing service will always book with on the beach

    Mr & Mrs Harmes:


    We have booked with On The Beach several times and never had any issues. Looking forward to another stress free holiday next year.

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