we went to skiathos on the day of XL going bust. we got there by the skin of our teeth. only fifty of us were let on a plane that day.due to this we saw skiathos when it was very quiet so this review does not reflect peak season but late September time. the place was peaceful but very lovely. if you like beaches there is a abundance of them.you could easily visit a different one everyday. the local transport is cheep and easy to use. no standing about waiting. we hired a quad bike for four days and when into the mountains. it was FANTASTIC. the roads were empty and it was easy and safe to get round the island in a couple of days. we stayed in troulos but they all seemed to be similar unless you stayed in skiathos town. the town itself is quaint and nice for a wonder round its small streets.