Skiathos

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Island in Thessaly

A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
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Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Skiathos

An overview of the new main port of Skiathos .
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Skiathos Port

The big port of Skiathos town where larger ferries approach. It is connected with Volos, Skopelos, Alonissos & Agios Konstantinos.

An overview of Skiathos town showing a part of the settlement and the bay of the old port.
↖ NW   < 1km

Skiathos Town

The central settlement and port of the island with typical narrow streets, traditional architecture, and many tavernas, shops and bars.

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An overview of a part the city of Skiathos with the peninsula of Bourtzi in the middle.
↓ S   < 1km

Bourtzi of Skiathos

Small peninsula with dense vegetation inside the main port of the island, that was hosting a medieval Venetian fortress between 1207 and 1660.

The front part of the House - Museum of Papadiamandis with a wall-sign informing about the place.
↖ NW   < 1km

House - Museum of Papadiamandis

Traditional two-floor mansion of 1860, where the author lived for a big part of his life, still including the original furniture of the time.

A picture of the church's exterior including the main entrance of St. Nikolaos Church of Skiathos and its Clock Tower.
↖ NW   < 1km

St. Nikolaos Church & Clock Tower, Skiathos Town

With a great view of the whole city, it was included in the Mamma Mia introductory scene.

Two boats, full of tourists, anchored by a beach during a daily cruize trip.
photo: Kullez / CC BY 2.0
← W   < 1km

Skiathos Cruises & Boat Tours

Most convenient way to reach some rocky caves and beaches with no car access, or to make a daily excursion to the nearby islands.

The outdoor seating area of the famous pillows bar with many pillows on the cobblestone steps.
← W   < 1km

Rock n Roll Bar, Skiathos Town

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Enjoying a cocktail at the famous "pillows bar" on the cobblestone steps leading to the old town.

A photo showing the Old Skiathos Port and some tourist boats anchored in it.
← W   < 1km

Old Skiathos Port

The smaller port & older port of Skiathos town. It serves the mooring of leisure & daily tour boats as well as professional fishing boats.

The famous saganaki and a Greek beer called Mythos as an appetizer on a table of a restaurant.
photo: Kullez / CC BY 2.0
← W   < 1km

Food in Skiathos

Tasty twisted pies and a combination of excellent raw materials including fish, seafood, and vegetables are the core of the island's cuisine.

People admire and take pictures of an airplane by the runway of the airport of Skiathos.
↗ NE   ≈ 2.5km

Skiathos International Airport

« Alexandros Papadiamantis »

Named after a famous novelist, its short runway makes landings & take offs to be experienced from the nearby public road at a very close range.

The main gate to the inner yard of the Evangelistria Monastery of Skiathos.
↑ N   ≈ 4.6km

Evangelistria Monastery, Skiathos

Founded in 1794 and dedicated to Virgin Mary, it is the creation place of the first Greek flag with the white cross on a blue background.

Picture showing the steep cliffs of the rocky peninsula of the Medieval Castle of Skiathos.
↖ NW   ≈ 8.3km

Medieval Skiathos Castle

« Kastro »

Rocky peninsula creating a natural pirate-protected fortress, served as capital between 1360 and 1829.

An overview of a sandy beach in Skopelos with the sun-umbrellas reaching almost the water.
→ E   ≈ 14.8km

Skopelos

Its unique coastline together with the traditional architecture and the green landscape proved the best scenery for the "Mamma Mia!" film.

Questions & Answers about Skiathos

Why Visit Skiathos?
  • Combining natural beauty, distinctive architecture, and numerous famous beaches.
  • Cosmopolitan destination that offers the infrastructure for luxury holidays.
  • The birthplace of the Greek novelist Alexandros Papadiamantis.
What is Skiathos, Greece?

The Greek island of Skiathos is the birthplace of the famous author Papadiamantis who described in his books the tranquility and life on the island in the 19th century. Today Skiathos is a cosmopolitan place and the westernmost island of the island group of Sporades, less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from the coast of Pelion and 7km (4.34 miles) from the northern tip of island Skopelos. The town of Skiathos is built on the southeastern tip of the island, in a sheltered bay that is split in two by the little island of Bourtzi. It is a small town built amphitheatrically on the coast and hosts traditional two-story homes. However, the highlight of the island is its beaches with the emerald waters and pine trees just by the sea. It is actually not a coincidence that most of the beaches have been declared with the blue flag. Access to the island is by ferryboat from Volos, Agios Konstantinos Fthiotidas, and Thessaloniki, or by plane since Skiathos has an international airport.

What are some important facts in the history of Skiathos?

The island of Skiathos has been inhabited since prehistoric times, probably by Cretan colonists while later the town of Skiathos was a constant ally of Athens, in the First and Second Athenian alliance. During the Byzantine period, the only thing we know is that the island suffered from frequent pirate raids, which continued during the Venetian and Turkish rule. The island was actively involved with its navy in the revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman occupation and became part of the first Greek state.