Beaches and boat trips
Agia Paraskevi offers a warm welcome to the south-eastern shores of Skiathos. Its stretch of honey-hued sand wins new fans every year, with amazingly clear waters warmed by the Greek sun. Life revolves around the beach here; you’ve got your loungers, umbrellas and a scattering of beach bars, as well as a portfolio of watersports and boat trips.
Though chilled-out by day, Agia Paraskevi takes on a more upbeat atmosphere come sundown, helped along by its bustling centre filled with restaurants, Greek bars and a handful of shops. It’s worth finding somewhere to sample the local seafood – it’s some of the best on the island.
If you get itchy feet, it’s around six kilometres to Skiathos Town, and nearby Platanias is worth a visit for its laid-back vibe and traditional Greek feel.
The flight to Skiathos is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Skiathos airport to Agia Paraskevi is approximately 20 minutes.
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.