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About Skiathos


The picturesque island of Skiathos in Greece is in the northern Sporades group of islands, in the north west of the Aegean just off the Pelion Peninsula on Greece's mainland. Close by (to the west of Skiathos) is the island of Skopelos, which can be seen on a clear day. In the south and south west you will find most of the resorts, as the northern part of the island is quite rugged.

Skiathos has it's own airport (JSI - Skiathos Island National) with a runway just over 1500m long, this allows for jet engine aircraft to arrive and depart, but for some they have to make a stop en-route to refuel. Flylolo have the first non-stop and direct flight to Skiathos from Southampton starting in summer 2018 and also for summer 2019.

Best Beaches in Skiathos


The beaches in Skiathos have beautiful crystal clear wasters and are renowned for their simplicity. Most of the beaches can be reached by bus - a cheap way to get to see the various beaches around the island. We've set out below just some of the best beaches in Skiathos :

Achladias Beach : One of the best beaches on Skiathos with several beach bars and those located in nearby hotels, as well as tavernas where you can while away a few hours over lunch. The beach has natural shade from the trees so you are able to escape the midday sun for a drink, and is an ideal location for a meal in the evening. A beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water, you will find sunbeds available and watersports available just by the Esperides hotel.

Agia Eleni Beach : Just before Koukounaries, you will see a sign directing you to Agia Eleni and the road leading to the beach. Known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Skiathos Agia Eleni (Saint Helena translated from Greek) is surrounded by pine trees and the beach is named after a small church of the same name located nearby. Enjoy the crystal clear water as well as the pine scented air.

Kolios Beach : A great location for families as the entry to the sea is shallow. For those seeking good snorkeling in Skiathos, Kolios has crystal clear water.

Koukounaries Beach : Approximately 17km southwest from Skiathos Town, the stunning beach of Koukounaries is considered one of the most beautiful sandy beach in Skiathos, and indeed Greece. Surrounded by pine trees (Koukounaries translates to pine cone from Greek), you can breathe in pine scented air while perhaps waiting for the evening sunset. An excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, tavernas and bars catering for all tastes. As for things to do at Koukounaries beach, you will find plenty of activities for those wanting a more active holiday in Skiathos. Jet skis, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just a few activities available. Horse riding is another activity here and plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling.

Lalaria Beach : Made famous by the Mamma Mia movie, there is no road to the beach but you have to take a traditional boat from the old port to reach this secluded beach with unique white rock formations and crystal clear turquoise sea. The beach is informal so don't expect to find umbrellas and sunbeds here, so just make sure you take something with you to relax on.

Sklithri Beach : Located in the southern part of the island and approximately 6km from Skiathos Town, Sklithri beach is a popular place to moor boats and yachts.

Troulos Beach : Although this is a small village, it has a beautiful white sandy beach and is just 9km from Skiathos Town. The village beach is ideal for families due to the calm sea and there is the added benefit of a lifeguard on the beach daily during the summer months and good facilities to cater for those with small children. A good selection of restaurants, tavernas, and places to stay by the sea, you will also find a watersports school and motor boat rental here - ideal for discovering some of the inaccessible coves nearby.

Tzaneria Beach : Tzaneria is the name of a village located approximately 7km from Skiathos Town and its beach has rows of umbrellas and sunbeds as well as a watersports centre. The beach can be reached by bus and there is a good car park located nearby. Surrounded by trees, Tzaneria beach is an ideal spot for those who like to relax in shady spots as well as enjoy the sun.

Xanemos Beach : You will find this pebbly beach just 3km from Skiathos Town and you can easily reach it by bus service or even taxi from Skiathos Town. The water is crystal clear and is the ideal spot for plane enthusiasts as it's located right at the end of the runway, so provides spectacular views of arriving and departing aircraft. You'll have views of the neighbouring island of Skopolos made famous by the Mamma Mia film. An informal beach, you won't find sunbeds here.

Resorts in Skiathos


Skiathos Town : This is the capital of the island of Skiathos and is not without its fair share of pretty Greek churches. Known for its small, picturesque port sheltering small boats.

Kastro : Skiathos Castle, or known as Kastro (Greek for castle), is located on a rocky promontory and is a medieval fortress at the northern side of Skiathos. Kastro was the main town on the island from 1360-1829 and was a place of sanctuary from various raiders which included the Ottoman Turks and the Venetians. Kastro is a perfect place for a fortified town and has natural defences as 3 sides are steep cliffs with a fortified wall on the remaining side, with a wood drawbridge and gate.

Getting around Skiathos


Ferries run from Skiathos to Thessaloniki, Skopolos (Skopolos Town and also Glossa), Volos, Agios Konstantinos (Mainland), Alonnisos, Crete and the Cyclades islands Sifnos, Naxos, Santorini and Milos.

You will also find a surprising good bus service on Skiathos, with 26 bus stops taking you round the major resorts in the south of the island. One route runs from Skiathos Town to the Koukounaries beach, another to Ksanemos Beach and lastly to Evangalistra Monastery.

There's also an inexpensive taxi service on the island as well as boats that act as taxis between the Old Port and Vromolimnos and Tzaneria beaches.

Weather in Skiathos


People come to Skiathos to enjoy the island's great climate during the summer months. The best time to visit Skiathos and the neighbouring islands of Alonnisos and Skopelos is June through to the end of September during which temperatures will range from 70-90 degrees. The spring is also a pleasant time to visit with temperatures reaching into the 80s. With a pleasant breeze, a holiday in Skiathos will mean even the hottest of days will be bearable.

Flights to Skiathos occur during the summer months of July through to the beginning of October. During these months is rarely rains on the island and there is ample sunshine hours to please the sun-worshippers. Occasionally the islands will experience what is called the Meltemi winds which may come in during the hottest time of the summer season, but are welcomed as they provide a welcome break from the constant heat, albeit the winds do not last long.

July is the hottest month, and annual averages for weather in Skiathos during the summer months are :

Temperature Degrees Centigrade : June 23 degrees, July 26 degrees, August 25 degrees, September 22 degrees
Daily Sunshine Hours : June 10 hours, July 12 hours, August 10 hours, September 9 hours
Average Sea Temperature Centigrade : June 22 degrees, July 24 degrees, August 25 degrees, September 24 degrees

Similar Destinations to Skiathos


Islands within the immediate vicinity of Skiathos, include Alonnisos and Skopelos. For both islands, you would still take one of our direct flights to Skiathos from Southampton and then take a ferry to the neighbouring islands. Below, we have set out some information about Alonnisos, but you can visit our page to learn about Skopelos. (internal hyperlink to be placed here when landing page completed). It's a popular choice for a holiday in Skiathos to do some island hopping, spending a few nights on the other islands.

About Alonnisos


The island of Alonnisos is relatively unspoilt by tourism with most of the development centred around the area of Patitiri and Palaia Alonnisos. Patitiri is the main hub of the island with picturesque streets and whitewashed courtyards. There are good swimming opportunities here but you will need to enter off the rocks.

Palaia Alonnisos is the old capital of the island and perches on a clifftop. Here you will find ruins of a 15th century Venetian castle and a lovely small chapel - Tou Christou - with a fish-scale roof. The town was damaged by an earthquake in 1965 and the majority of the people living here were moved to Patitiri. Today the houses in Palai Alonnisos are mostly restored but retain their original architectural beauty and residents are systematically improving the look and feel of the village.

You can visit the National Marine Park of Alonnisos is an area of high environmental importance. Being the only park of its type in the Aegean, the park was created to protect a breeding colony of Mediterranean monk seals and other rare wildlife, flora and forna.

Head to Steni Vala, the second most populated village on the island of Alonnisos. Here you will find several tavernas and a campsite, together with a large beach slightly north of the village. You can also visit Votsi which is 0.5km from Patitiri. Votsi is a lovely tree-covered village with a few hotels and holiday apartments. Located on the slopes of low white cliffs with views of the bay and its harbour where you can while away some time walking round the bay and looking at the yachts and fishing boats moored here.

Beaches in Alonnisos


One of the reasons why people take a holiday in Alonnisos is because of the many beaches and coves found on the island. Alonnisos is known for its clean waters and the underwater caves found here are ideal breeding places for the monk seals.

Agios Petros Beach : A relatively unspoiled beach in Alonnisos enabling visitors to enjoy a natural environment with pine trees and fine sand leading you to the crystal clear water. You are just a 15 minute walk from the nearby small town of Steni Vala where you will find tavernas serving fresh fish. You can also get supplies from the local supermarket before heading back to the beach for the afternoon following a long lunch.

Chrisi Milia Beach : A sandy and gently shelving beach, Chrisi Milia beach is an ideal location for children. You will find a selection of sunbeds and umbrellas on this beach, together with a bar and restaurant where you can buy refreshments and something to eat.

Agalou Lakka Beach : A very small beach on Alonnisos

Gerakas Beach : A long beach can be found here as well as a good selection of restaurants and cafes in the port. Gerakas is the main port on Alonnisos and from here you can get buses to all the other villages or simply stay here to benefit from one of nicest beaches on the island.

Glyfa Beach : Here you will find a selection of watersports and quite a large beach with sand and some small pebbles. Reachable by car, you will find parking facilities close to the beach. If you are not hiring a car, you can still reach Glyfa beach bu bus from Patitiri which takes around 20 minutes. Here you will find several tavernas and you are able to rent sunbeds and parasols here.

Kokkinokastro Beach : Known to be one of the best beaches on Alonnisos comprising both sand and pebbles. Defnitely worth visiting, you will be rewarded by crystal clear water and lovely scenery with the beach being edged by red cliffs and pine trees.

Leftos Gialos Beach : A beach with pebbles of varying sizes, but with the benefit of crystal clear water and good tavernas located just behind the beach. You can expect to see an excursion boat arriving here from the neighbouring island of Skopelos for a few hours.



If you'd like a holiday in Skiathos, then the first steps is to book your return flights to Skiathos from Southampton. We've set out below our flights to Skiathos in 2018 and 2019. Prices are per person for return flights.
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To
Flight type
Departure date
Fare
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 24 Jul 2018
£181
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 31 Jul 2018
£199
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 07 Aug 2018
£284
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 14 Aug 2018
£254
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 21 Aug 2018
£149
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 28 Aug 2018
£130
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 04 Sep 2018
£89
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 11 Sep 2018
£119
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 18 Sep 2018
£69
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 25 Sep 2018
£59
Southampton  15:00
Skiathos  20:20
One Way
Tue 02 Oct 2018
£49
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 28 Jun 2019
£244
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 02 Jul 2019
£239
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 05 Jul 2019
£254
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 09 Jul 2019
£239
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 12 Jul 2019
£259
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 16 Jul 2019
£264
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 19 Jul 2019
£264
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 23 Jul 2019
£299
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 30 Jul 2019
£284
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 02 Aug 2019
£304
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 06 Aug 2019
£284
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 09 Aug 2019
£279
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 13 Aug 2019
£254
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 16 Aug 2019
£229
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 20 Aug 2019
£149
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 23 Aug 2019
£89
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 27 Aug 2019
£129
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 03 Sep 2019
£89
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 06 Sep 2019
£99
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 10 Sep 2019
£119
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 13 Sep 2019
£79
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 17 Sep 2019
£69
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 24 Sep 2019
£49
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Tue 01 Oct 2019
£49
Southampton  06:30
Skiathos  11:45
One Way
Fri 04 Oct 2019
£49