If you're feeling a bit sun starved, and the mere suggestion of immersing your body into a warm sea makes your toes curl in happiness, then you may very well need Skiáthos. First of the Sporades Islands to be developed (in the 60s), Skiáthos is surrounded by a ring of lovely beaches (the majority of the best places to stay in Skiathos are close to these idyllic spots) - circa 60, including the ones you can only reach by boat - and a bright turquoise sea. And the humid, sun drenched climate supports a lush interior.
Most of the resorts lie on Skiáthos's southeast coast. The north is less accessible, but quieter and worth the effort if you're planning some hiking. There are plenty of accommodation options in the main towns, but many of the best places to stay on Skiáthos are in more isolated spots, surrounded by olive groves and protected from view by lovely hills and bays.
Skiáthos Town is less than a mile from the airport, so most visitors will at least pass through.
There are a lot of older resorts and hotels here, but if you head up the hill behind the old port you'll find the charming streets of what remained of the old town after WW2.
There are also some lovely churches and gardens.
Skiáthos Town is definitely the best place to stay on Skiáthos if you fancy a bit of a dance in the evening and some nightlife in general!
A couple of miles out of town is Skiáthos's main monastery, Evangelistrias, now also a museum, and a good place to visit if you're interested in finding out more about the island.
Another good place to explore is the island's old capital, pirate-resistant Kastro. Its major fortifications date from the 16th century, but by mid way through the 19th it had been abandoned for Skiáthos Town. So it's now an eerie ruin.
One of the best ways to see Kastro is to take a day trip on a boat. These circumnavigate the island, stopping off at some of the loveliest beaches inaccessible by land, Kastro, and often some interesting sea-caves. Skiáthos's clear waters make it a great place for divers and snorkelers.
If you're here for the beaches one of the best places to stay on Skiáthos is just behind Koukounaries. Some people rate this as the island's best, and it's probably the most famous, with its dramatic golden sweep of sand and its green, wooded backdrop. It also has a campsite, which is why this is also one of the best places to stay on Skiáthos for those on a budget.
Skiáthos is busy in the height of summer, and prices reflect this. The island's population is about six thousand, but leaps to nearer 70 thousand in July and August.
Perched elegantly on the cliff with terraces offering panoramic sea views and just a short walk from the local night life or to the beach. Rooms are simple, Greek minimalist in style with all mod cons and air conditioning. No restaurant, but loads to explore down the road in Skiathos Town.
A simply decorated contemporary hotel in the town centre with easy access to the beach. Modern no frills rooms in white and pastel colours with private balconies. Pool and lively bar. A great base for a beach holiday.
Megali Ammos, Skiathos
A 5-star hotel nestled among olive trees and gardens with sea views, just outside Skathos Town. Rooms are beautifully cool, all neutral hues with a smattering of subtle pastel shades. A light lunch can be had poolside and there's gourmet cuisine by night. Luxury beach chic moments from the action.