|In the middle of the Aegean Sea, opposite enchanting Mt. Pelion, lies idyllic, tree-converted Skiathos, the most touristically developed island of the Northern Sporades group. Skiathos has always played an important role in the history of the Aegean. Its striking natural beauty, safe harbour protected by four islets, fertile soil and marine wealth made it an attractive place of settlement for tribes in prehistoric times and for regional powers such as the Romans, Venetians and Turks during the last two millennia. The main town of the island has stood on the same site since prehistoric times, with the exception of the period between 1350 and 1829, when the inhabitants moved to the medieval fortress (Kastro) about 8km, to the northeast to escape raids by pirates and Turks.
|The island today combines a cosmopolitan atmosphere with picturesque surroundings and old-world tranquility.
Rocky shores, golden sandy beaches, pine and walnut trees, breathtaking sunsets as well as an important biotope for migratory birds. Skiathos is all this.
The islands popularity continues to grow. A modern tourist infrastructure offers a wide range of accommodation and amenities for unforgettable holidays. Delicious food, exciting nightlife and frequent cultural events are just some of the island's many attractions that draw visitors back year after year.
|BOURTZI: The small spit of land that devices the harbour in two was once a walled fortress with ramparts and battlements.
HOUSE OF ALEXANDROS PAPADIAMANTIS: The famous literary figure's house near the harbour is now a museum containing many of his personal effects and original furniture.
EVANGELISTRIA MONASTERY: The majestic monastery, which lies 4km north of Skiathos Town, is the only one on the island which is still inhabited.
EIKONISTRIA MONASTERY: This is where the sacred icon of the Virgin, the patron saint of Skiathos, was found.
KASTRO: The medieval fortress stands on a massive rock tha trises vertically from the sea.
CHURCH OF CHRIST: The old cathedral church of the Kastro. Some of the frescoes are in good condition, splendid examples of post-Byzantine art.
|Skiathos boasts many enchanting beaches. The best known is the golden sandy beach of Koukounaries, which is part of the unique wetlands that are being protected and developed for ecotourism with joint funding from Skiathos Municipality and the European Union (Envireg). Other beaches are those of Vassilias, Megali Ammos, Achladias, Tzanerias, Kanapitsa, Troulos, Agia Parakevi and Vromolimnos. West of Koukounaries are the beaches of Banana, small Krassa, Aselinos, Agia Eleni (for nudists) and to the north, the fabulous Mandraki. Boats take bathers to the Blue Grotto and the Dark Grotto, to Lalaria, a unique beach with round white pebbles, where one can see the fantastic rock formations known as Trypia Petra, the beach of Kastro and to the small islands (Tsougria, Arko, etc.) opposite the harbour.