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The Sporades island is surrounded by a crystal clear sea and has about sixty beaches. Here’s what to do in Skiathos in a week.
Let’s find out together what to do in Skiathos in a week.
If you dream of relaxing in front of a sea of different shades of blue Skiathos is the island for you. Easily reachable from Italy, the airport is less than 10 minutes from the city center.
The island extends for just over 40 square kilometers and is dotted with hills. The beaches in Skiathos are many and can be reached by bus that goes from the port to the 26 stops that correspond to the beautiful beaches of the south-west.
Sometimes buses are crowded but renting scooters, cars and quads is simple and practical. The northern beaches, on the other hand, are reachable only by their own means.
Let’s see what to do in Skiathos in a week
To sleep, prefer a central location where day and night life is crowded with bars, restaurants, craft shops, pastry shops and ice cream parlors.
The original nucleus of the island developed in front of the port, today divided into new and old port.
These are two beautiful adjoining areas on which to walk, sip a drink to the rhythm of music in front of the sea or dine in one of the many restaurants, some of which arrange the tables directly on the beach.
The peninsula of Bourtzi is located between the two ports of Skiathos
In 1200 the Venetians who dominated the island built a fortress with defensive walls that in 1600 was destroyed, today it is a quiet place to walk and relax.
The main and most commercial street is Papadiamanti Street which takes its name from the writer Alexandros Papadiamantis. Surely during your stay you will have the chance to cross it several times and to buy local handicrafts and souvenirs.
From this avenue there are many characteristic narrow streets that cross and climb the hill.
It is in this area that you can visit several little churches like Agios Nikolaos, protector of sailors and the Clock Tower from which you can admire a wonderful panorama
Drop by Skopelos, where Mama mia was filmed
On your list of what to do in Skiathos in a week there is certainly also a visit to the nearby islands.
Papadiamanti street is very close to the port from which there are also numerous ferries for excursions to nearby islands such as Skopelos, the island that like Skiathos, was made famous by the film Mamma Mia set in this beautiful natural setting.
The beaches are all equipped and almost all sandy. The island has jagged coasts and is a succession of bays and inlets all equally beautiful.
Which are the most beautiful beaches in Skiathos?
Maratha offers tranquil atmospheres and a clear, turquoise sea with a shallow seabed suitable for all types of tourists. The sand is golden and leaves grains glistening like glitter on the feet. And even if the beach is small, the place, surrounded by the pine forest, is really lovely.
The nearby Koukounairies beach, inserted in a protected natural area, is the most famous and also one of the largest. It is very equipped for every kind of need and water sport. According to some it is one of the most beautiful beaches of the whole Aegean sea and even of Greece. Taste Greek yoghurt with fruit and honey in one of the many bars.
Vromolimnos is poorly ventilated, bordered by small woods and with golden sand. It is even possible to spot black and white swans that reach the beach with a huge surprise for tourists.
Troulos is another stretch of sea very famous for its fine sand and the sea that takes on the shades of emerald and turquoise.
As for the north of the island, don’t miss the Lalaria beach, which can only be reached from the sea. Surrounded by white cliffs, it is one of the few pebble beaches. Here it is possible to admire natural caves of great charm.
After the day at the beach, you can visit one of the many monasteries on the island’s hills or have a cocktail on the waterfront overlooking many white houses with blue shutters and many cafes where you can stop to listen to some music.
What to do in Skiathos in 7 days? Eat!
Another feature of Skiathos is the excellent food. There are many specialties of Greek cuisine. One of the most popular restaurants is the very central Pinakothiki Meating Point where you can enjoy excellent meat, fish, moussaka and salads of all kinds, in a truly distinctive setting. The restaurant staff is of absolute kindness.
Even the Marmita Restaurant, elegant and romantic, deserves a dinner. You have to book several days in advance but once at the table you won’t regret having waited a few days. Also, don’t forget to try one of the best desserts, the bougatsa, with filo pastry, cream and cinnamon.
Lovely sea, great food, dream beaches. All clear on what to do in Skiathos?
If you prefer history, don’t miss Crete and the Palace of Knossos!