We spent only five nights on each island, so if you have more time, you will be able to experience more than we did. We chose guest houses in town on both islands with bus, taxi, and boat trips out to the beaches each day.
High Points Skiathos:
Alonia-Manolis House in Skiathos Town – found on skiathosinfo.com. Clean and spacious rooms, beyond lovely gardens, cool (by which I mean groovy and refreshing) pool, and a gracious and appreciative host. The rooms with kitchenette were very reasonable (65e). While the studios are quiet and beautiful, the street is not very pretty. But! It is close to the end of Papadiamantis Street, a short walk to Megali Ammos and bus stop number 4. Check out the pictures on Facebook or the site mentioned above.
Kanapitsa Beach and Taverna, including Cape Kanapitsa Hotel Suites Pool Bar – What a wonderful day. Bus stop number 12 or the water taxi from town. The taverna has some of the best food we had on the island and I would eat dinner there the next time we visited. The beach is very scenic and we ended the day with drinks and a dip at the Cape Kanapitsa hotel which has a spectacular view which I hope I will be dreaming about.
Calypso Boat Tour – so much fun! Swimming at Lalaria, visit to the Castro, stop for lunch and swim on the Pelion of Greece, and a short visit to Tsougrias Island. A good value.
Taverna Anemos – photo perfect view of the harbor, good food, nice atmosphere.
Taverna Alexandros – very good value, nice hosts, music, tasty food, pretty setting.
Pillow Hill – who could resist! Half price fancy cocktails, sitting on pillows, watching the multitudes walk by.
High Points Skopelos:
Skopelos Town – so pretty around every corner, beautiful houses, and gardens.
The people – I have never encountered such sweet, kind and thoughtful people, ever, anywhere.
Anna Restaurant – The best meal. Great service, nice garden setting, up above the port.
Glysteri Beach – boat, beach, and taverna are excellent! I had black fish my husband had goat. The water is beautiful.
Panormas Beach – feels like Greece to me. A choice of tavernas, no charge for the chaises and umbrella in front of Asterias taverna and we greatly enjoyed our lunch.
Gyro Pita square – I don’t know if that is the name but it is a square in Skopelos Town that has all restaurants around in a circle. So fun and lively. Everybody is happy.
Sandals – I bought the most excellent pair of sandals on the little street going up the hill next to Café En Plo just past the church.
Other notes in no particular order:
The bus on Skiathos is easy and convenient and frequent and somewhat crowded. You do not need exact change and they sell tickets on the bus.
The bus on Skopelos is not as frequent (bigger island) and you are packed in like sweaty sardines.
The beaches on Skiathos are closer together as it is a smaller island. On Skopelos we took taxis which were not too expensive.
Katerinas Wash and Dry in Skiathos Town. Excellent and cheap if you travel with small suitcases.
The bus from Alkyon Travel to Port of Constantinos does not have a bathroom, but it would have been good to know that it stops for 20 minutes at the half way point at a full service highway stop. MMMMmmmmm pastries. We also had enough time for coffee and refreshments at the port. On the return there is like five minutes between the ferry arrival and bus departure.
Pony rides on the Skopelos waterfront.
Skopelos seemed less touristy than Skiathos. Many more Greeks at the beaches and in the tavernas.
On Skopelos we stayed at Kir Sotos on the waterfront in Skopelos town. If you are on a budget (55e for 3) and can take care of yourself it is a very cool, very greek house. Wood floors, rooms on all different levels, a gorgeous courtyard with the big church just behind. With the shutters closed and air conditioning running it was quiet. It draws a frugal international crowd. For me I think I am ready for a better shower, bed, and daily housekeeping. So if you are cheap and flexible – go for it.
I saw some beautiful studios higher up the hill in town called ‘Rodani’. If anyone has stayed there email me or post a review.
Our third trip to Athens. We stayed at the Plaka Hotel. Very good value (120e for three including breakfast). Nice staff, clean, great location, the view from the rooftop bar is fantastic.
Acropolis Museum excellent!
Best meals/restaurants were Diogenes, Byzantino, and Gyro Pitas next to Monastariki Square (sp).
Disappointing – Plantanos, rude service, uninspired food.
Any questions post or email me.