SKIATHOS - THE GREEN ISLAND
Skiathos is an island that combines lush vegetation with idyllic beaches and picturesque landscapes that enchant. Its natural beauty combined with the cosmopolitan air and the hospitable mood of the inhabitants make Skiathos a unique destination. The city stretches along the beach while the beautiful small peninsula Bourtzi, at the entrance of the port, welcomes visitors. This peninsula divides the port in two and was formerly a fortress founded by the Gizi brothers in 1207. The house-museum of Papadiamantis who was born and lived on the island is one of the most important attractions of the island. The chapel of Alexandros Papadiamantis is kept in the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, as well as the historical miraculous icon of Panagia Odigitria. The castle-protector from the 14th century protected the islanders from pirates and is the most remarkable location of the island.
It has 64 beaches that are awarded the blue flag while water sports, diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, tennis and horse riding are some of the activities it provides. In the southern part of the island behind Koukounaries beach is Strofilia, a unique wetland protected by the Municipality of Skiathos. It is an ideal destination for nature lovers with tall pines, ducks, swans, wild geese, rare flamingos and black swans. The island of Tsougria, southeast of Skiathos, with its small lakes and the church of Agios Floros is also picturesque. Legend reports that in the 60's the Beatles visited the island and wanted to buy it.
Some of the most famous beaches are listed below and are a reference point for the island. At the northeastern end of the island is Lalaria beach, one of the most beautiful in Greece that made Skiathos famous. The stone with the famous hole in the middle and the impressive rocks are some of the unexplained nature that characterize the area. Known for its history, Banana beach, which was characterized by its shape, is a favorite destination on the island. Next to it is the Little Banana which is now frequented by nudists. The beach of Troulos is ideal for families since the sea does not become abruptly deep. It got its name from the island that is located there and looks like a dome.
In Mandraki you will find Agistro, the port of Xerxes and the bay of Elias with the sandy beach located 14 km west of the town of Skiathos. Koukounaries is the most popular beach on the island as it is one of the most popular beaches in Europe and is also known as "Golden Sand". It is one of the beaches with fine sand, clear blue waters and a unique forest that reaches a few meters before the sea. Due to its location, it also offers a magnificent sunset that no one should miss. Kanapitsa is another of the famous beaches of the island near Cape Kalamaki. It is famous for water sports but also for the shrimp spaghetti of the homonymous beach which is a constant value for half a century now.
The cosmopolitan character and the perfect tourist infrastructure of Skiathos attract numerous visitors from all over the world. The modern settlement, with its hotels, restaurants, coffee bars and tourist shops, retains the traditional color of the island with its white tiled roofs in houses and mansions, old churches, cobbled streets and picturesque alleys. The island has identified its name with nightlife, and frantic rhythms. For this reason, visitors prefer to take a walk in the bars of the city, discovering every place of entertainment. If you want to try the cuisine of Skiathos, do not forget to try some of the local products, such as traditional honey, olives and fresh fish of the island.
The local specialties of Skiathos are based on seafood and fish such as kakavia (baked potatoes with fish), peskandritsa stew or crayfish with vegetables (local recipe with fish and coarsely chopped vegetables). But it is worth trying the pies of Skiathos and especially the green pie. The island is famous for its macaroons and spoon sweets that are served as a sample of hospitality with almonds. Other local products include traditional products, wine, homemade liqueurs, olives, honey and chamomile, a wedding cake stuffed with walnuts, honey, bread crumbs or toast and herbs such as cinnamon and cloves. White is a spoon dessert served at engagements made with chopped almonds, sugar syrup and lemon. Its secret lies in the binding of the syrup that wants a very good beat until it turns white. In Skiathos, sour cherries, rosoli and raki were traditionally served during the festivities.