Cheap flights to Skiathos are available from Manchester Airport and London Gatwick Airport. Some flights to Skiathos may depart from other regional airports in the UK. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Greece. Flights to Skiathos will arrive at Skiathos Island National Airport. Taxis to Skiathos town are available from the taxi rank outside the terminal building. Taxi fares are relatively inexpensive as the town itself is less than 10 minutes away.
It is relatively easy to get around the small island of Skiathos. A number of companies operate bus services around the island. Most routes connect Skiathos Town to other villages and attractions on the island. Tickets can be purchased from a conductor on board the bus. Taxis can be booked in advance, or flagged down on the street if one is available. Agree on a fare before getting in the cab, as some drivers may overcharge. Small boats known as caiques, can be hired for trips to isolated beaches and islets around Skiathos. Caiques leave from Skiathos Town’s harbour around 10am every morning.
Skiathos is a classic holiday destination with charming whitewashed buildings and picture perfect beaches. Koukounaries is the most popular beach here, but Asselinos is secluded and perfect for a lazy picnic. Get on a boat tour to explore the sea caves dotted around the island’s northern coast. Head to Kastro for a look at the island’s medieval capital. The fortified town was built to protect the townsfolk against raiding pirates, but was abandoned sometime in the 19th century. Visit Evangelistra Monastery and discover its splendid collection of religious icons and paintings. Alexandros Papadiamantis was a Greek write whose stories were often inspired by island life. His two-storey house in Skiathos Town is now a museum, its upper floor preserved just as the author left it.
Papadiamantis Street is Skiathos Town’s main shopping stretch. There are a number of local high street chains, as well as a range of little independently-run shops. Explore the narrow side streets off Papadiamantis Street to pick up some good quality jewellery and handcrafted items. Enjoy some flavoursome Greek cuisine in the little restaurants around the town centre. En Plo Restaurant has an enviable location overlooking the harbour. Its menu showcases traditional Greek dishes, made with fresh local produce and seafood. Skiathos also has an exciting nightlife scene, with most bars and clubs centred in Skiathos Town. Polytechniou Street has a number of bars favoured by Scandinavian and British tourists. The BBC nightclub is popular with among youths who like to party hard.