Skiathos is a buzzing Greek island packed with delicious food, lush nature and a range of exciting nightlife options. Check out our guide for all the reasons why you should visit.
Skiathos is one of the greenest islands in the Sporades, with rolling forests of pine and wonderful wildlife. When you’re not hiking to waterfalls or spectacular beaches, hit the waters for paragliding, days-long sea kayaking expeditions or even yoga classes on a stand-up paddle board. History comes to life in the old town, where winding streets and authentic food meet upmarket cocktail bars and DJs spinning long into the night. Not quite your pace? Visit churches, the monastery, a castle and ruins for your dose of Skiathos history.
On a high, craggy rock jutting out to sea, find Skiathos’ crumbling medieval castle with nearby town walls and remnants of an Ottoman mosque. It’s a long, hard hike to the site, or you can pay for a jeep ride up – either way the views are fabulous. Be sure to visit Bourtzi, a small area that crawls out to sea from the port, with restaurants, cafes and shops. A fort was built here around 1207 with strong walls and towers, and you can still see a few remains. Don’t miss the beautiful churches dotted throughout Skiathos for moments of calm amongst your adventure.