Where: part of the Sporades island group (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros).
Why: Skiáthos is the most cosmopolitan island of the Northern Sporades. Despite the rapid growth in tourism here in recent decades, it is still picturesque and unspoilt. Over 60 beaches with crystal clear waters adorn the island, the most famous of which is Koukounariés, which has been declared as the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. When you add in its bustling nightlife, it is only natural that the island attracts thousands of young visitors every year!
Must visit: the capital town of Skiathos with its stone paved streets and white houses; the picturesque harbour surrounded by four small islets; beautiful Boúrtzi, a small islet with lush vegetation where the ruins of a Venetian fortress stand; the house and now museum of the famous author Alexandros Papadiamantis and the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary with its four museums. Follow a breathtaking route to explore the beauties of the island starting from Asélinos, past Kounistra Monastery, Small Asélinos Beach and Alygariés Beach ending at Kehriá Beach.
Where to stay: A plethora of hotels and rooms to let are available; if you are looking for something more alternative however, try the campsite at Koukounariés.
Join in with: The many colourful cultural events, concerts and art exhibitions held throughout the summer add a special touch to holidays on the island!
Hot tip for young people: The pedestrianised street by the Old Harbour is the ultimate hotspot for entertainment! Buzzing bars and clubs keep youngsters rocking through the night and until the early morning! The party continues in the area of Ammoudiá (on the road to the airport) where entertainment addicts celebrate in big open air clubs!