Skiathos - the gateway to the Sporades


If you’re travelling to one of our villas on Skopelos or Alonissos, your first port of call will probably be the island of Skiathos, the gateway to the Sporades Islands thanks to its international airport and busy port.

Skiathos Town, the island’s capital, is a bustling centre that’s well worth a visit if you have a few hours to spare before catching a flight or a ferry. The pretty, well-maintained maze of pedestrianised streets in the old centre offers a bit of something for everyone, including bars, tavernas, shops and, if you walk to the top of town, delightful views. Colourful flowering plants adorn white-washed walls and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Down near the port is the Papadiamantis House Museum, the former home of the island’s favourite son, the late 19th and early 20th century novelist and poet Alexandros Papadiamantis.

The views are breahtaking, as are the dramatic cliffs that tumble into the sea.

Sights worth seeing on Skiathos include the remains of the dramatically positioned castle. Sitting on the northern tip of the island, it was built to protect the populace of Skiathos in times of invasion and was once a town in its own right, as testified to by the presence of three churches. The views are breathtaking, as are the dramatic cliffs that tumble into the sea. If you’re hot after exploring the castle, you can head down to the beach below for a swim.

A frequent ferry and hydrofoil service runs between Skiathos Town, Skopelos and Alonissos, so it is a good base for exploring the Sporades archipelago.

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The beaches of Skiathos

Skiathos is bathed by transparent, aquamarine waters and boasts numerous (over 50) sandy beaches, the vast majority of which are served by well-organised lidos and tavernas renting out sunloungers and umbrellas. In the summer months, the most popular beaches can get very busy but if you head to the more remote parts of the west coast, it is possible to find plenty of space. Here are four of our favourites:


Where: at the northernmost extremity of the island, below the remains of the mediaeval castle.
Description: a pebbly-shingle beach flanked by dramatic rugged cliffs. Walk up to the castle for the stunning views and then head down for a swim. There’s a good taverna on the beach.
Access: easy, by car.

Mandraki Elias

Where: on the lower west coast.
Description: a beautiful sweeping expanse of soft sand bordered by pine woods and lapped by azure waters. There are lido facilities and a taverna in the summer months.
Access: easy by car.

Banana Beach

Where: on the southwestern tip of Skiathos.
Description: looking out towards the Greek mainland, this popular sandy beach is served by a well-equipped lido with bar, taverna and water sports facilities. Shallow, transparent waters make it very child-friendly.
Access: easy, by car.


Where: in the south of the island, just east of Banana Beach.
Description: the most popular beach on Skiathos, thanks to its long stretch of fine sand flanked by fragrant pine trees. Its shallow waters and lido facilities make it a favourite with families. Not for those looking for peace and quiet.
Access: easy, by car.

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