Skiathos – image courtesy of aroundskiathos.com
With its long picture-perfect golden beaches fringed by lush pine forests, fascinating medieval sites, energetic nightlife and huge choice of accommodation, cosmopolitan Skiathos boasts all the ingredients you need for the perfect Greek Island honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
What to do and see on Skiathos
Stroll the picturesque narrow alleyways of the old town, crowded with traditional whitewashed houses topped by red-tile roofs that sprawl across a hillside overlooking the quaint harbour.
Visit the 13th century Bourtzi fortress, which sits on a tree-shaded island jutting into the middle of the harbour. Take the Papadiamandis, named after the island's best-known son (writer Alexandros Papadiamantis) to the charming stone-paved square set around the magnificent Church of Trion Ierarchon (Three Archbishops).
Unwind at a choice of cafes, tavernas and restaurants that line the picturesque seafront then party hard after dark at the town’s numerous discos and bars. Overnight or stay longer at one of many hotels.
From the old town, take a water taxi or hire a motorbike to discover some of the many gorgeous white-sand beaches that fringe the sheltered south coast, including the famous Koukounaries and Banana beaches.
Admire the medieval Evangelistrias monastery, explore the ruins of the medieval walled town of Kastro on the north coast and swim through stunning grottos at nearby Lalaria Beach.
Skiathos offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit most budgets. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Skiathos at TripAdvisor.
Best time to honeymoon in Skiathos
The best time to honeymoon in the Sporades is during the mid season (May, June, September and October) when the sky is sunny and temperatures average a warm 23°C. Mid season also provides more reasonable hotel prices and generally less crowds.
The summer months of July to August average 26°C but are best avoided if you don’t enjoy crowds as Skiathos is generally swamped with European and Greek holidaymakers.
The winter off-season, from November through February, is generally quiet with high rainfall. The Sporades are not as hot as the Cyclades.
Skiathos is the most visited of the Sporades Islands and is one of Greece’s premier resorts. Located in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the Pelion Peninsula in northern Greece, the Sporades island group is comprised of Skopelos, Skiros, Alonnissos and Skiathes, plus a number of smaller islands.
By ferry, Skiathos is one and a half hours from Agios Konstantinos, two and a half hours from Volos and six hours from Thessaloniki. By hydrofoil, Skiathos is just 20 minutes from Skopelos. Time-pressed holidaymakers can fly direct into Skiathos from Athens.
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