The beaches of Skiathos - swim in the cleanest waters of the Mediterranean

Few places can offer so many good beaches as Skiathos.  There are 70 beaches on the island, most of them with fine and soft sand.  Here you can swim and enjoy water sports in the cleanest waters of the Mediterranean.

 

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 Lovely beaches, green forests and crystal clear water - an unbeatable combination!

 

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 Sklithri Beach, in walking distance from Villa Milenka and Villa Sisu

 

If you want to thoroughly explore Skiathos and surrounding islands, you can rent a sailing boat or a motor boat, with or without a captain.  Most beaches offer beach tavernas with tasty Greek food, perhaps with a cold beer or a glass of wine.

 

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 The beach taverna on the beach below the ruin town of Kastro, built from driftwood

 

On the southern part of the island, on or close to the coast road, there are lots of fine beaches, Megali Amos, Achliades, Kanapitsa,Vromolimnos, Kolios, Paraskevi, Troulos and Marata to mention a few, and away from the town the famous Koukounaries together with Banana Beach.  All these beaches can easily be reached with the buses that run along the coast road.

 

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Koukounaries Beach, the longest beach on Skiathos

 

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 Eleni Beach with tavernas and water sports

 

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 Megali Amos, a beach close to Skiathos town

 

The northern part of the island is mostly covered by pine forests.  Since it is illegal to cut down pine trees, the northern Skiathos is mostly uninhabited.  There are many great beaches here - Eleni, Asselinos, Hidden Beach, Elias, Mandraki and Kechria - but you need a car or a motor cycle to reach most of these beaches since there is no public transport to the north.  You can of course also reach these beaches by boat.  To Lalaria Beach, a beach to a large extent consisting of white rounded stones, you can only go by boat.

 

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Sometimes you can find your own private space on some beaches

 

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Hidden Beach, a steep walk down from the road but really worth the trouble! 

 

All beaches in Greece are public, even though some land owners occasionally tell you otherwise.  On most of the beaches, you can rent a sun umbrella and two beach chairs for the day, usually at a cost of 8 euros.  But you can also bring your own umbrella and find your own place on the beach.

 

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 The beach below the ruin town Kastro, high up on the rock

 

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 The beach and the taverna on Arkos Island, 10 minutes boat ride from Skiathos

 

Some of the islands outside Skiathos also have very good beaches, for instance Tsougria where you can go by boat tours from the Old Harbour of Skiathos, or Arkos Island, where you must go with your own boat.

 

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 Sunset at Eleni Beach

 

The lovely beaches and the clean water are probably the biggest attractions of Skiathos.  And so far, we have never met anyone who has been disappointed!

 

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