Pine-edged beaches and pretty harbour towns
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.
The flight to Skiathos is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.
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.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
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.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.