Take a flight to Skiathos, where the summer sun beats down on one of the most striking islands in Greece...
Skiathos flights land at the island's single airport, Skiathos Airport Alexandros Papadiamantis (JSI). During the summer months, there are direct flights from the UK, although you can also travel via Athens. Skiathos's many high-quality restaurants, boutique accommodation and authentic Greek atmosphere attract a cosmopolitan crowd of well-to-do tourists.
At only around 7.5 miles long and 4.5 miles wide, Skiathos is small but simple to get around. A single tarmac road is crossed by dirt tracks and narrow paved roads, and there's an excellent bus service to the main beaches and attractions.
Skiathos Town, the island's busy capital, has picturesque cobbled streets and a lovely harbour. It features a host of boutique shops and a sophisticated nightlife.
Just outside Skiathos Town is the Bourtzi, a fortress built to deter pirates in the 13th century. A former primary school built among the ruins has been turned into a visitor centre offering theatrical and musical performances throughout the summer. Other popular attractions include the Evangelistria Monastery, 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 Alexandros Papadiamantis Museum is the former home of the island's best-known writer, who lived here in the 19th century. 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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Flights to Skiathos are easy in the summer months, with regular non-stop services from the UK...
Holiday companies offering package breaks to the island also offer flights alone. From May to October, Thomson, Olympic Holidays, Avro and Cosmos fly to Skiathos from Gatwick and Luton in London, plus Manchester, Newcastle, the East Midlands and Birmingham. Thomas Cook flies from the same airports, as well as Bristol.
Outside the summer months, or on days that direct flights aren't operating, you can still reach Skiathos via Athens. Aegean and British Airways both have daily flights to the Greek capital from London.
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A bus service connects arriving passengers at the airport with Skiathos Town. A few bus services depart from here, including one travelling the length of the island from Skiathos Town to Koukounaries beach.
If taking a taxi from the airport, agree upon a price or see that the meter is set for your journey. It costs around €25 (about £20) to travel from the airport to Troulos, one of the further resorts from the airport.
Book car hire in Skiathos and collect your rental when you arrive, saving on the cost of transfers. The freedom of having your own wheels also makes sightseeing easy, as well as getting to beaches that are hard to reach.
There are a handful of low-key holiday resorts on this friendly island. Which will you choose?
Stay in Skiathos Town for an authentic taste of Greek life. The main beach near the town is the popular Megali Ammos. Move along the coast and you'll find Vassilias and Achladies beach resorts, the latter known for its water sports.
The village of Kanapitsa is well developed for tourists, with hotels, tavernas and sports facilities. Nearby Kolios and Agia Paraskevi are similar. Troulos and Mandraki complete the picture before you hit Koukounaries, one of the island's best-known beaches, with golden sands, crystal blue waters and a forest and lagoon that form a nature reserve.
Wherever you choose to stay in Skiathos, you'll find a great range of hotels. From clean and basic holiday facilities in budget hotels, to chic boutique hotels that offer the finest in Greek hospitality, the welcome is always as warm as the summer sun.
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