Skiathos | Sporades Islands
39.1655° N, 23.4792° E
When it comes to the many qualities that rank the Greek islands among the world's most sought after holiday destinations, Skiathos ticks all the boxes: glorious weather, sunny beaches with Caribbean-blue waters, a seaside town peppered with restaurants and bars and a vibrant nightlife.
It is no wonder then that many first time visitors fall in love with the island and return time and time again. With its lush slopes that stretch down to pristine stretches of fine sand, and the rocky coves that overlook the Aegean, Skiathos offers picture perfect views at every turn. The island's main town boasts beautiful stone houses with terracotta roofs and a bustling marina lined with yachts and sailing boats.
Skiathos townThe bustling town of Skiathos boasts beautiful red-roofed houses, a dreamy waterfront and an array of bars, restaurants, cafes and fashionable shops. The waterfront leads to the lush islet of Burgi that is connected to the town by a footbridge.
Evangelistria monasteryAn imposing 18th century monastery that houses an eclectic collection of ecclesiastical artefacts, rare books and manuscripts from the 17th and 18th century, musical instruments and even the loom where the first flag of Greece was created after the Greek war of independence in 1821.
The medieval castleThe medieval castle is perched on a hilltop close to the town of Skiathos, overlooking the island's rolling countryside and the sea. Once a busy settlement of 300 dwellings and 22 churches, all that survives today is a church, but that offers a glimpse to its glorious past.
House of PapadiamandisHidden in the alleys of Skiathos' town is the house of Alexandros Papadiamandis, one of Greece's most important writers. The house has been turned into a museum with many folk items on display.
Skiathos is a great option for families and singles alike, offering a wide range of entertainment, great food and a cosmopolitan vibe. The island is famed for its coastline for good reason - there are more than 65 beaches to choose from. The verdant interior offers gorgeous hiking paths for on-foot exploration. Sea-lovers can charter a sail-boat for an excursion around the spectacularly beautiful marine park of Alonissos and the neighbouring islets.
Skiathos airport is served by several international flights from Greek and other European cities. Ferries and catamarans leave from Volos or Agios Konstandinos in mainland Greece.
Up until recently, Skiathos was very popular with the local Greek market, but relatively unknown to tourists. During the last decade, however, the island is slowly becoming a favourite among savvy travellers. There is a brilliant collection of luxury villas in Skiathos, ranging from impressive mansions to elegant holiday villas that enjoy breathtaking views. Our Greek Villas team has created a diverse portfolio of holiday villas to rent that includes all of the best luxury villas at the island's hottest locations to make sure that you find your perfect holiday villa.