Information & Facts
Skiathos enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures
in July and August range from 82ºF (28ºC) during the day to 72ºF
(22ºC) at night. Rainfall is unlikely in summer but showers can be
expected between September and May. All of the northern Sporadic
Islands are subject to a strong wind blowing from the north, as a
result most of the beaches on these islands are found on the
sheltered southern sides.
There are charter flights to Skiathos from most major cities in
Europe; alternatively, fly to Athens and take a local flight from
there. Hydrofoil services also run between Athens and Skiathos, and
there is a car ferry departing from Volos. Car and moped rentals
are available on Skiathos, and the local bus services are reliable
but somewhat limited.
The nice sandy beach of Troulos slopes gently into the sea,
making it ideal for children; the water sports school and snack bar
are an added bonus. All the swimming pools in the bay are open to
the public, provided something is purchased from their kiosk,
another plus for families. Koukounaries is another popular beach on
the island, its boardwalk giving easy access for buggies and the
shallow water making it safe for kids. There are also banana-boat
rides available and the Skiathos Riding Centre is nearby, offering
donkey rides for kids. Bourtzi has an open air theatre where
children can enjoy entertaining puppet shows.
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
Skiathos nightlife is both vibrant and cosmopolitan, with its
selection of bars, clubs and restaurants second to none. Enjoy a
pint at a typical Brit pub, or go local at a traditional bouzouki
bar. There are also classy jazz bars and blues to visit. On the
waterfront of the old harbour try the Psaradika ouzeri, or head for
the outdoor café on the Bourtzi peninsula. There are outdoor
theatre performances of Greek tragedies, music and dance at
Bourtzi, and the Paradiso outdoor cinema is another must. Just off
Papadiamantis there are music bars and nightclubs. Borzoi, the
oldest club on the island, features a old olive press in its
garden, and Greek music is best enjoyed at the Apothiki Music Hall
or Stones. You can see traditional theatre, concerts and dance at
the Bourtzi Cultural Centre, or enjoy open-air cinema at the
Shopping in Skiathos offers a vast selection of goods, including
designer labels, jewellery, antiques and leather goods. There are a
number of shops selling ceramic, pictures and embroideries, as well
as local crafts and folk art. Colourful seashells are a common
sight in shops, but most are actually imported from other places.
Archipelago is a shop adjacent to the Papadiamandis House, and has
some beautiful sculptures for sale, and nearby Gallery Seraina has
some unique glass lamp shades. Galerie Varsakis, in Trion Ierarchon
Square, sells high-quality folk antiques, embroidered linens and
gorgeous rugs from around the world. The tourist shops are
generally open daily from 9am to 10pm.
Possibly the most popular of the Sporades islands, Skiathos
boasts more than 60 beautiful beaches and was the setting of the
popular film, Mamma Mia. Aside from the stunning coastlive,
Skiathos attractions include the ruins of a 12th century Venetian
fortress, and a visit to the deserted medieval town of Kastro is a
There are also a number of monasteries to visit, including the
17th century Moni Evangelistria (the Monastery of Annunciation) and
the Monastery of Agios Charalampos, where the local writer of short
stories, Alexander Moraitidis, spent the remaining years of his
life. Other interesting buildings include Bourtzi Fortress, and
churches like Ayios Nikolaos and Trion Ierarchon.