Skiathos

Island in Thessaly

If you're a plane-spotter, Skiathos is your place. This fabulous island is peppered with emerald beaches, green forests, and historical sites.

A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
photo: kdask / CC BY 2.0

Attractions & Things to Do in Skiathos

Skiathos Port

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

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Skiathos Town

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

↖ NW
< 1km

Papadiamantis House Museum

Traditional two-floor mansion of 1860 where a great Greek author lived for a big part of his life. It maintains its original furniture.

↖ NW
< 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.

↓ S
< 1km

St. Nikolaos Church & Clock Tower, Skiathos Town

Offering a great view over the town, this church appears in the introductory scene of the movie "Mamma Mia!".

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

Skiathos Cruises & Boat Tours

Cruises and boat tours are the only way to reach some rocky caves and beaches or, if you will, launch daily excursions to nearby islands.

← W
< 1km

Rock n Roll Bar, Skiathos Town

Enjoying a cocktail at the famous Pillows Bar, on the cobblestone steps leading to the old town.

← 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.

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

Food in Skiathos

The island's cuisine marries fish and seafood with vegetables but the jewel on the ring is the swirled pie - also called a "twisted pie".

Skiathos International Airport

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

↗ NE
≈ 2.5km

Evangelistria Monastery

In this monastery, the first Greek flag was woven - a white cross on a blue background. The original loom is still there.

↑ N
≈ 4.6km

Byzantine Skiathos Castle

Rocky peninsula creating a natural pirate-protected fortress. The locals call it "Kastro" (castle) and it was the capital between 1360 and 1829.

↖ NW
≈ 8.4km

Skopelos

Skopelos' forests touch the seawater. No wonder the film «Mamma Mia!» was shot here. Its traditional architecture and monasteries will keep you busy.

→ E
≈ 14.8km

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.

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