Skiathos is a beautiful island located in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Greece. The island is known for its beautiful soft sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, green forests and picturesque villages.
Here are 10 things to consider while in Skiathos, Greece
1. Visit the Old Town of Skiathos
The Old Town of Skiathos is a charming area with narrow streets, traditional houses, and a picturesque harbor. It is a great place to explore on foot, and there are many shops, restaurants, and cafes to visit.
2. Visit Lalaria Beach in Skiathos
Skiathos is known for its beautiful, soft sand beaches, and some of the best beaches on the island include Koukounaries Beach, Banana Beach, and Megali Ammos Beach. However, no trip to Skiathos is complete without visiting Lalaria. Getting to Lalaria requires a boat ride which you can pick up at the islands port.
3. Go hiking in the mountains of Skiathos.
Skiathos is a small island, but it has a rugged landscape with mountains, forests, and valleys. You will notice how much more green this island has than other areas of Greece. There are many hiking trails on the island, and some of the best hikes include the trail to the top of Mount Karas, the trail to the Sklithri Forest, and the trail to the Kastro Monastery.
4. Visit the Bourtzi Castle
The Bourtzi Castle is a fortress located on a small island in the harbor of Skiathos, which you can walk to by bridge. The castle was built by the Byzantines in the 14th century, and it offers panoramic views of the town and the sea.
5. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Skiathos
The Archaeological Museum of Skiathos has a collection of artifacts and objects from the island's long history. The museum is located in the Old Town and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of the island.
6. Try the local cuisine
Skiathos has a rich culinary tradition, and some of the local specialties include fresh seafood, locally-grown vegetables, and traditional dishes such as dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and kleftiko (a type of lamb stew). Be sure to try some of the local food while you're on the island.
7. Visit the Skiathos Folklore Museum
The Skiathos Folklore Museum is located in the Old Town, and it has a collection of traditional objects and artifacts that give a glimpse into the island's past. The museum is a great place to learn about the culture and history of Skiathos.
8. Go sailing around Skiathos
You can rent a boat or go on a guided tour to explore the island's beautiful coastline and crystal-clear waters. You will be amazed by the crystal waters. You can even take a day tour that includes a stop on Skopelos for a swim and to see the church featured in the film, 'Mama Mia'.
9. Visit the Papadiamantis House Museum
Alexandros Papadiamantis was a famous Greek writer who was born and raised on Skiathos. His house has been turned into a museum, and it is a great place to learn about his life and work.
10. Go scuba diving
Skiathos has some of the best scuba diving in Greece, with crystal-clear waters and a rich marine life. There are many dive centers on the island where you can rent equipment and go on guided dives. Be sure to bring your diving certification if you want to explore the underwater world of Skiathos.
How to get to Skiathos from Athens.
There are a few ways to get to Skiathos from Athens, due to its location you cannot pickup a ferry from Pireaus. Here are your options:
-Fly from Athens
-Drive to Agios Konstantinos (2hrs) and pickup a ferry there.
-Drive to Volos (3.5hrs) and pickup a ferry there.
What is Skiathos known for historically?
Historically, Skiathos was a major center of trade and commerce in the region. The island was also an important hub for shipbuilding and was home to a thriving fishing industry. In more recent times, Skiathos has become a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world to its sandy beaches and picturesque villages.
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