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Your first view of this Aegean island’s sparkling sea may be rather hair-raising: if you arrive by plane, the tiny airstrip seems to appear right out of the blue, creating quite a dramatic entrance. However, once safely on the ground, Skiathos will enrapture you. The old town streets invite you to get lost in them; the hilltop monasteries enchant with spectacular views. Then there are the beaches, all 65 of them, so you have some serious sunbathing ahead of you.

Things to see

Skiathos Town is the island’s only urban area, and it is quite a treat. Like a grand amphitheatre of ancient Greece, the whitewashed houses of the city centre form tumbling tiers around the curved harbour. There’s little rhyme or reason to the streets inside, so just wander until the aromas drifting from a tavern tempt you in. Skiathos Port is a lively spot, with the comings and goings of boats and a thriving café culture. When it’s time to hit the beach, you really are spoilt for choice. Koukounaries Beach, in the south, is one of the most popular. Its long stretch of golden sand is ensconced between a flourishing pine forest and the turquoise Aegean Sea. There are several more beaches along this coast. For a bit of adventure, hike up to the Moni Evaggelistrias monastery. The views are spectacular, and you can sample wine made by the monks.

Hotels in Skiathos

From boutique chic to budget basics, there is a wide variety of Skiathos hotels, each with a sense of personality and Aegean elegance. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in Skiathos, some are large, grand hotels, where airy suites are furnished in timeless white fabrics. Here, fitness suites, spa tubs and a choice of restaurants are offered. Alternatively, there are smaller, boutique hotels, with bright, modern rooms opening to balconies with sea views. The budget hotels offer great value for money, with self-catering apartments or simple rooms on offer. Most have a pool, and some serve a complimentary breakfast.

Where to stay

For a city break, Greek island style, stay in Skathios Town. You’ll wake up to incredible views of the city and harbour each morning, and there is plenty to keep you busy in the maze of streets. The nearest beach is a short drive away, and there is a wide range of hotels on offer here. If you plan to spend most of your time relaxing in the sun, stay in one of the resort hotels along the coast towards Kanapitsa, where you’ll have easy beach access. Rural retreats can be found inland, with self-catering cottages and rustic guesthouses available.

How to get to Skiathos

Skiathos Island National Airport is located very close to Skiathos Town. It receives flights from mainland Greece all year, with plenty more charter flights arriving from all over Europe in the summer months. Many of the hotels offer airport transfers. Taxis are a quick, convenient option for reaching Skiathos Town - it’s just a 5-minute drive to the centre. Car hire is widely available - mopeds can also be hired, and are a popular form of transport on Skiathos. The island has a comprehensive bus network too. If you arrive by boat from mainland Greece, you’ll dock in Skiathos Port.