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Skiathos might be a small island, but it has big doses of beautiful scenery. This Greek island is surrounded by some of the best beaches to be found in the Aegean Sea, and they are complemented by clear blue waters and an emerald-green countryside. For the biggest concentration of golden sand, go south on Skiathos holidays, where you’ll find sleepy villages like Troulos. Here, there is little more than a large bay and a group of Greek taverns.
July represents Skiathos’ hottest month with average temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) and the coldest month is January at 9 degrees Celsius (48 Fahrenheit). The best month for swimming in the sea on holidays to Skiathos is August when the average sea temperature is 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit).
Rooms are reasonably easy to find in the town except in July and August when the island is busy and it is recommended to have a reservation well in advance. If you book an August holiday in mid-July your picks will be slim. The coast of Skiathos is lined with hotels, resort and villas and you can expect to pay considerably more for a room during the peak summer months. The best time for Skiathos holidays is in the off season when finding accommodation is easy and cheaper. May, June and September are excellent months to visit Skiathos.
The main towns on the island of Skiathos are Skiathos town and Koukounaries. A public bus runs from one to the other, stopping at many of the villages in between.
In the 14th century, island inhabitants abandoned Skiathos town on the coast because of endless pirate raids. They relocated the town to the top of a large rocky outcrop and built a fortress. That is now the site of Kastro and is well worth visiting during holidays to Skiathos. In the 19th century, many Greek War of Independence refugees sought shelter in Kastro. After the War of Independence ended, the islanders abandoned Kastro and returned to Skiathos town itself. In World War II, Germans bombed Skiathos but the town was rebuilt.
Skiathos is renowned for its beaches. This tiny island has more than 60 beautiful beaches along its 45 kilometers (27 miles) of coastline. The beaches to the south tend to be sandier, whereas the beaches in the north are more likely to be pebbled. Any sort of beach a holidaymaker could want can be found on Skiathos. Lively, organized beaches at resorts and hotels complete with sunbeds and umbrellas are to be found across the southern coast.
The water of the Aegean is crystal clear. There are several dive companies on the island that can take you below the Aegean Sea. You can also snorkel from any beach on your holidays to Skiathos although the rockier beaches of the northern side of the island have more to see.
A daytrip to the other Sporades islands is popular. Visit the towns and villages of the neighbouring Skopelos or take an excursion to The National Marine Park on the island of Alonissos, home to the largest colony of the critically endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.
There are numerous hiking and mountain-biking trails crisscrossing the island.
Skiathos has many small churches and monasteries scattered across the island.
On Skiathos holidays visit the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria, the only inhabited monastery on the island. It was founded in 1794 with building completed in 1806.
In the 14th century, the inhabitants of Skiathos town had to abandon the town due to pirate raids. They built their new fortress town Kastro, on top of a rocky outcrop on the northern side of the island. After several centuries, it was abandoned. The ruins are a fascinating site to explore.
Skiathos has varied shopping options in Skiathos town. Along Papadiamantis street, you will find boutiques and shops that sell clothing, jewellery and souvenirs to buy from your Skiathos holidays.
There are numerous tavernas on the island, especially along the main road in the south from Skiathos town to Koukounaries.
As Skiathos is an island, seafood is fresh and a staple of the island’s cuisine.