Flights to Skiathos Airport (JSI) take holidaymakers to a beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Skiathos is one of the most talked about Greek islands thanks to its beauty and the fact that there are over 60 beaches to choose from.
Skiathos flights land at the single airport on the island. During the summer months there are direct flights from the UK although there is also the option to travel via Athens. Because of the many high-quality restaurants, boutique accommodation and authentic Greek atmosphere, the island attracts a cosmopolitan crowd of well-to-do tourists.
At only a little over 12km long and around 7km wide, Skiathos is small but this makes it very simple to get around. There is a single tarmac road crossed by several dirt tracks and narrow paved roads and excellent bus services to the main beaches and attractions.
Skiathos Town is the busy capital of the island and it has picturesque cobbled streets and a lovely harbour. It features a host of boutique shops and a sophisticated nightlife.
The main beach near Skiathos Town is the popular Megali Ammos, but other popular beaches include Vassilias and Achladies, which is known for its water sports. Kanapitsa is well developed with hotels, tavernas and sports facilities as are nearby Kolios and Agia Paraskevi. Koukounaries is one of the island's best-known beaches with golden sands, crystal blue waters and a forest and lagoon which form a nature reserve.
Just outside Skiathos Town is the Bourtzi, a fortress built to deter pirates in the 13th century. A former primary school built among the original ruins has been turned into a visitor centre offering theatrical and musical performances throughout the summer. Other popular attractions include the Evangelistria Monastery, which was built in 1794 under the island's highest peak. Kounistras Monastery is the spiritual heart of the island, with celebrations every November attended by most of the islanders.
The Alexander Papdiamantis Museum is the former home of the island's best-known writer, who lived here in the 19th century and is credited with developing the novel. Visitors should also take time to seek out the ruins of Kastro, the former capital built on a cliff top.
No visit to Skiathos is complete without a visit to the magical beach at Lalaria, which is accessible only by boat. Set against grey cliffs, the beach is formed from blue-grey marble stones and is washed by startlingly blue waters. If time permits, take a boat trip to the nearby island of Skopelos, which is famous for its flora and fauna and was used as the setting for the film 'Mamma Mia'.
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