Vacations in Skiathos (Sporades - Greece)
Skiathos: The green island with the amazing sandy beaches
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Vacations in Skiathos island - Skiathos, The green island with the amazing sandy beaches
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Information On Skiathos
Skiathos is the most famous of Sporades islands and could very well be the Greek island with the most vegetation, as 70% of its area is covered by trees.
Although Skiathos is a small island, it has approximately 60 beaches, one better than the other. Most of them follow a very similar pattern: Great white sand, clean water and a green surrounding of trees. The sand is glowing under the sun, as if it was mixed with gold-dust.
There are a couple of gas stations on Skiathos and several banks at the town of Skiathos.
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Beaches Of Skiathos
Skiathos is famous for its beaches. The most famous, and the ones with the less wind, are those at the south part of Skiathos. If you want to avoid the crowds, you should visit some of the rest beaches of Skiathos, other than the south ones and Lalaria.
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Travel To Skiathos
You cannot go to Skiathos by ship only. You first have to travel by car to either the port of Volos or that of Agios Konstantinos. From there is is a short trip by boat to Skiathos. You can also go by plane, as there is an airport on the island.
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Transportation On Skiathos (Car Rentals)
There is a bus route that starts from the town and goes all the way to Koukounaries beach. The buses are extremely frequent so you really have no need for your own transport, although there are plenty of places on Skiathos where you can rent one. In the worst case you may need to walk 5-10 minutes to get to the beach. There is another smaller bus, not as frequent, departing from the town that goes to the Evagelistria Monastery. There are a few taxis but it will be hard to get one during the high season.
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Accommodation On Skiathos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
The only town on the island is Skiathos town, so you will probably be staying there. However, there are now many hotels / guesthouses / rooms to let around most of the beaches of Skiathos. The beaches are so popular that there are taverns and shops built as well around the beaches, all of those making for a small unofficial settlement.
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Food & Drink On Skiathos
Skiathos is not known for its food. In such a popular island you have to be careful where you eat and try to avoid the restaurants that have huge menus. My personal recommendations are Asprolithos restaurant (close to the school) and Marias Pizza (next to the Church at the top Skalakia) that have great food and decent prices.
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What To Buy On Skiathos
The main street of Skiathos town, a pedestrian road paved with slabs, that starts from the harbor and goes inlands, is packed with shops of every kind imaginable. You can buy clothes, jewelery, souvenirs and local products (honey, olive-oil soap, sweets, etc).
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Attractions On Skiathos
In the famous Skalakia you will find the bars with the giant pillows where people enjoy their drinks.
Skiathos town is full of life every night and you can find many lovely bars at the famous Skalakia.
This cute tiny islet used to be a castle. Bourtzi separates the harbor in two, the old harbor and the new one, and it is the first thing you see approaching Skiathos.
This castle only serves as a sightseeing inside which lies a church with ancient byzantine murals.
The house of Alexandros Papadiamantis now operates as a museum, exhibiting the furniture and other belongings of Papadiamantis.
The Evagelistria Monastery was founded on 1794 on Skiathos and hosts many important artifacts.
This is considered a very sacred place because, according to the local tradition, the icon of Virgin Mary was revealed to the locals by miracle.
Close to Lalaria beach are those two impressive water-caves of Skiathos. You can go there only by boat.
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Alternative Islands To Skiathos
Skiathos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Skopelos (7 klm from Skiathos)
Alonissos (27 klm from Skiathos)
Skyros (82 klm from Skiathos)
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Islands Connected To Skiathos
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