If you’re into sunbathing on breathtaking beaches then you’ve come to the right place, Skiathos has some of the best and most secluded stretches of sand a sailing enthusiast can wish for when visiting Greece. And since the night life isn’t too shaby here either, Skiathos could be considered a good alternative for a young and intrepid sailing enthusiast.
Why is it worth it
The Greek island of yacht charter Skiathos is located in the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Sporades group of islands. Out of these, Skiathos is situated to the west, the closest to mainland Greece. It isn’t one of the biggest islands in the region with a surface of under 50 sq km, but with over 60 sandy, extremely lovely beaches it’s certainly one of the most popular among tourists and locals alike.
The main part of the island has a compact shape, slightly elongated on the southwest-northeast axis, but it also has lots of inlets, capes and peninsulas, as well as a couple of islets, to cater to the a sailor’s cruising needs. The biggest town on the island is Skiathos, which also happens to be the most populated and the biggest attraction.
What to see
Another big city on the island is Chora, which retains its old architecture, with buildings in a sort of amphitheatrical arrangement, hugging the hillside. Tourists will surely be amazed that there are no villages on the island, just coastal settlements which were built to satisfy the booming tourism. Most of them have modern hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, all within walking distance of the island’s fine beaches.
Apart from the typical whitewashed houses, the narrow cobblestone streets and the quaint flower gardens, the holidaymaker should also take the time to visit some of the local churches, like the Three Hierarchs or the Madonna the Limnia where the head of author Alexandros Papadiamandis can be found. The castle can offer a panoramic view out to sea in all directions while the Bourtzi peninsula, the one that splits the harbor into 2, is also fortified with several battlements.
The nightlife on yacht charter Skiathos is famous, as are the visitors which come here year after, turning the island into a noisy, sleepless hotspot for activities after the sun has set. Bars, clubs and other venues contribute to this noisy but fun atmosphere.
When it comes to the local cuisine, the Greeks have mastered the culinary art a long time ago and now they flaunt their excessive yet healthy eating habits to the curious and greedy travelers in the numerous restaurants around the island. Those who aren’t very fond of Greek specialties can opt for international style restaurants.
What to do
Taking into consideration the great number of beaches that make yacht charter Skiathos famous, it’s not difficult to figure out what the main holiday occupation is. Some of the preferred locations are Koukounaries, Banana Beach (nudist beach), Vromolimnos, Platanias, Achladies and Megali Ammos which are all known for their large numbers of visitors.