Luxury Skiathos Holidays

Pine-edged beaches and pretty harbour towns

Skiathos

The pine-carpeted island of Skiathos forms part of the Sporades island group, which speckle the Aegean Sea.

Cosmopolitan Skiathos Town, in the east of the island, is the main hub, with an artist’s-dream port area, ruined castle and stacks of bars and tavernas. Travel along the sheltered southern coastline and you’ll find small resorts and seaside villages. The island's northern coast is mainly undeveloped, so is ideal if you want to escape for the day.

Skiathos' sandy beaches are known as some of the nicest in Greece. Two of the best include Koukounaries Beach, a wide, sandy bay on the south-west coast, and Lalaria Beach in the north, a stretch of white pebbles only accessible by boat. 

You’re also in easy reach of a scattering of nearby islands. Boats chug away from Skiathos Town’s harbour most mornings, taking day-trippers to scenic isles like Skopelos, Alonissos and Argos.

Samantha Grist

I love the island because it’s quite small and very easy to get around – you can travel from one end to the other on the local bus and this would only take 20-30 minutes. You could also hire a 4x4 and explore some of the tracks leading off from the main road, where you’ll find some unspoilt beaches, little churches and monasteries (the views are breathtaking, too).

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Destinations in Skiathos
Agia Paraskevi
Agia Paraskevi is like a picture postcard of the Skiathos coast. The gold-sand beach comes with a backdrop of trees and terracotta-roofed hotels, plus there’s another beach – Kolios – next door.
Megali Ammos
The resort of Megali Ammos rolls up next to Skiathos Town. The beach is the star of the show here – a miles-long stretch of sand, sunloungers and watersports shacks.
Vasilias Beach
Vasilias Beach is a little resort near Skiathos Town. The hotels take cover among the pine forests and olive groves in the hills behind, so it’s got a relaxed feel.

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Flight Information

The flight to Skiathos is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK. 

When to go

Skiathos enjoys long, hot summers with reliable sunshine from May all the way to September or October. The spring and autumn months are warm enough for beach days, but July and August is when temperatures soar, regularly hitting 30°C. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece. 

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Skiathos
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Aegean Suites

Skiathos, Megali Ammos

KB Suites & Spa

Greece, Skiathos

Skiathos Princess

Skiathos, Agia Paraskevi
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