The island of Skiathos is well known for its abundance of beautiful beaches, dense pine forests, bustling nightlife and influx of tourists, making it one of the most vibrant islands in the northern Sporades.
Its picture-postcard architecture certainly has that ‘wow’ factor, with whitewashed little houses, red-tiled mansions, iconic churches and meandering alleyways screaming traditional Cycladic style. Its quite the Instagram-lovers paradise due to its exotically emerald waters and, with over 60 immaculate beaches to choose from, where to start? Those in the know go for beaches Koukounaries or Golden Sand in the southwestern part of the island, or hang out at Megali Ammos and Ahladies, where the crystal clear waters are fringed by traditional tavernas. Water sports lovers head for fun-friendly Banana Beach while those seeking seclusion opt for the western coast or take a boat to pebbled Lalaria beach in the north-east.
Since Mama Mia, Skiathos has never been the same – albeit in a good way. With several of the scenes being shot on the island, the celebrity interest seems to have risen in this charming getaway for Grecophiles. A walk around Papadiamanti Street may lead to bumping into the likes of Colin Firth, Tom Hanks or Goldie Hawn, giving the island that glamorous star status without the noise factor. It’s all very low-key, and romantically quaint, something that seems to appeal to the rich-who-don’t always-want-to-be-famous.
On the other hand, party animals can find a wealth of venues where they can to bop till they drop under the influence of chilled cocktails and hypnotic dance music like Pure Club, Kahlua and the BBC Club, where all-nighters are the norm. Foodies gather at the main town to enjoy island tastes and modern trends, from seafood to top-quality meats, like Kivo Creative and Elia’s Restaurants while Italian eateries such as La Cucina di Maria offer that extra Italian touch.