The gods must have been smiling once they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling large variety of seashores vastly out of proportion with its modest size. The island's sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract a lot of vacationers per yr, taking advantage of the recent, dry summer time climate and opportunities for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-spherical leisure.
Within the sixties and seventies, Skiathos was the stylish vacation spot of preference for lots of actors, rock stars and different celebrities. The island remains a fashionable port of call for breathtakingly expensive yachts and the spectacular roll call of individuals to have dropped anchor right here previously few years contains an array of A-record stars and royalty.
Listed below are my private Skiathos secrets outlined, attempt to find this stuff when you will the island:
Away from the crowds
Head inland so as to the north coast to get pleasure from Skiathos away from the crowds (even in excessive season - it's wonderful how many people by no means stray from the south coast).
The island has many monasteries, however off many people's radar is the tiny and secluded Hidden St John monastery. It is accessed by a footpath by means of lush forest leading from Kounistra monastery (which is up the road north from bus stop 18). Ask the girl who looks after Kounistra for instructions, or follow the directions in Victoria Sandels' book ?Strolling on Skiathos', which contains more information about the monastery.
Small, idyllic beaches
Small but idyllic seashores on the north coast price visiting are Agistra, Krifi Ammos (hidden seaside) and Little Kechri.
Walk a canine
If you happen to're lacking your pets from home, you'll be able to walk the dogs at Skiathos Dog Shelter (simply earlier than Kounistra monastery) between 9am and 1pm.
On the rocks
You don't need to go to a seashore for a swim - there are a few good spots in Skiathos City itself. Locals swim on the ?plakes' rocks (carry on past the steps up from the old port and then left - look out for sea urchins while you get in). There is also a diving board and swimming area under the Bourtzi.