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Fancy a sunshine break in Greece? Find out why Skiathos Town holidays could be the dream ticket…
The island of Skiathos is part of the Sporades group, a chain that dots the Aegean Sea off the east coast of mainland Greece. Together with neighbouring Skopelos, Skiathos took a starring role in the film “Mamma Mia!”, in which Meryl Streep battled with the gorgeous Greek backdrops to steal star of the show (some would say that she failed). The island oozes star quality, with its emerald hills, azure seas and dazzling whitewashed buildings, whose clean lines are broken here and there by blue doors and window shutters, or the hot pink of a bougainvillea. It is no wonder that this little Greek beauty has an army of fans who come here year after year.
Skiathos Town is the kind of place where sea-worn fishing boats bob gently alongside million-pound yachts and where swish cafes and bars sit shoulder to shoulder with traditional spots where elderly locals play cards.
Hotels in Skiathos Town are generally of the boutique variety: compact, chic and offering a host of great amenities such as swimming pools and friendly bars. Self-catering studios and apartments are also widely available. Luxury hotels and all-inclusive packages are more likely to be found on the outskirts of the main town and in coastal resorts in the south west of the island.
Cheap holidays to Skiathos Town are easier to come by outside of the busy summer months. Consider booking your trip in June or September to take advantage of the hot weather minus the crowds of July and August. If you want to be on the island at the height of summer, book well in advance to secure your stay or be patient and look for last-minute holidays to Skiathos Town.
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If Skiathos Town sounds like your kind of place, find out when you might like to visit with our guide to when to go…
Average daily temperatures in Skiathos Town rise above 20C in the month of May and don’t fall again until October. You are unlikely to experience rainfall when you holiday here between June and September. But most people come for the high temperatures in July and August (30C on average).
If you are hoping to find cheap holidays, Skiathos Town could be a dream destination in June or September. With daily averages of 28C and fewer visitors than peak season, these might be ideal months in which to travel.
The annual line-up of events in Skiathos is varied; check to see if your holiday falls in with any of the big ones…
Cultural events at the Bourtzi; July-August: The theatre in Bourtzi, the wooded peninsula that juts into the sea from the town, is the venue for a programme of arts and cultural events during the summer months. It is the ideal place to sample traditional dance and music, so check what is on during your stay.
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary; August 15: This is a major holiday on the Greek calendar, with events held across the island. In Skiathos Town, drinking and dancing round off a day of religious activities at Evangelistria Monastery, a short drive from town.
Katsonia Festival; September 6: Every year, wreaths of flowers are tossed into the sea to commemorate the sinking of a submarine off the shore here during the Second World War. It is a moving spectacle.
Skiathos does not have a huge collection of things to do, but there is just enough to satisfy every kind of holidaymaker…
Grown-up families: Take a day trip to nearby Skopelos, which stole the show in the film “Mamma Mia!”.
Relaxing: Koukounaries Beach is one of the finest in the Aegean; do not miss the chance to sink into the soft sands of this tree-backed beach during your stay in Skiathos Town. Hire a car and drive there or hop aboard a local bus (the journey takes 20-30 minutes).
Active types: The rugged, hilly interior of Skiathos is a paradise for those who like to sightsee on two wheels. Hire bikes and go it alone or book a guided tour of this stunning landscape.