S Skiathos: the party island of northern Greece
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Skiathos: the party island of northern Greece

Skiathos ● Sporades ● 06 July 2017
 

Skiathos belongs to the island complex of Sporades, and it is located in a short distance from Volos. It is considered to be the Mykonos of northern Greece, thanks to its stunning beaches and the party atmosphere, which is everywhere on the island.

The capital of Skiathos is built amphitheatrically around a calm bay, and it distinguishes for its traditional architecture and its cosmopolitan character, which has as a result a lot of restaurants, shops, cafés and clubs with all kinds of music for everyone. Much of the entertainment is gathered at the seafront and the main Papadiamanti Street.

At the entrance of the port, there is a tiny peninsula full of pine trees with a fortress that was built in the 13th century to protect the island from its enemies. This small peninsula is called Bourtzi and is perfect for rest and recreation.

In Skiathos Town, you can also visit the House of Papadiamantis, the museum which was the home to Alexandros Papadiamantis, one of the most important Greek writers of the 19th century. This museum showcases personal items of the writer and many folklore pieces.



Worth visiting is also the Medieval Castle of Skiathos, which is located on the northern side of the island and is accessible only by boat or through a hiking path. It was a former Medieval Town, and nowadays, you can see remains of old structures, such as baths, churches and walls.

Skiathos has also amazing beaches, in which the Aegean Sea with its emerald water meets the lush greenery and creates a spectacular scenery. Koukounaries is a typical beach of Sporades, with long, sandy coastline and a forest of pine trees behind it, while Lalaria is an impressive landscape with sea caves and imposing rocks. Banana and Kanapitsa are also beautiful beaches, with many tourist facilities, crystal clear waters, beach bars and young people, who have fun until the night.


Also take time to explore the island's natural treasures: its upland meadows and forests, its wetlands and the lacework of its coast, which is gorgeous in every root you choose, whether on foot, by car or by sea. One of the best excursions is to Monastery of Panagia Ikonistria, which was built in the 17th century where the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, the island's patron saint, was discovered. Just a short walk from the monastery, there is a shelter for stray animals that invites visitors to take the dogs out for walks in the countryside.

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