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

Skiathos

Island in Thessaly
Also called:
  • Sciato IT
  • ScĂ­athos ES
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.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do on Skiathos

Starting Point: Skiathos Town & Port

Skiathos Town & Port

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

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.

St. Nikolaos Church & Clock Tower, Skiathos Town

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

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.

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

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.

Rock n Roll Bar, Skiathos Town

« Maxilares »

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

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

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.

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.

Medieval Skiathos Castle

« Kastro »

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

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

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.