Part of the ruins of Skiathos's medieval castle, often referred to as Kastro.
Cruises to Skiathos, Greece, are beloved by beachgoers, thanks to the island's many spectacular shores. You'll have plenty to choose from here, and all are great options — but the golden sands of Koukounaries, Troulos, Agia Paraskevi and Banana are among the top-rated. All have chairs, umbrellas and amenities available for rent or use.
Ruins in Kastro, old metropolis of Skiathos,
The best things to do in Skiathos, Greece, involve immersing yourself in the island's rich and vibrant history. The island's medieval castle is one of its most iconic historic landmarks and a must-see on the island. The castle served as the island's main settlement from the mid-14th century all the way to the mid-19th century.
This island is known among outdoor enthusiasts as one of the Aegean's top hiking paradises, so wear comfortable shoes when you go to Skiathos, Greece. It's home to 26 well-marked hiking routes encompassing 130 miles of trail collectively. For a short and stunning hike, check out the Koutsouri Beach trail. For a longer wander, try the 5-mile Tzaneria Beach loop.
Like many of its neighboring isles, Skiathos is known for fresh seafood. Local specialties include a hearty stew called Peskandritsa, crayfish served with greens gathered from the mountains, and tender lobster served with zucchini. Skiathos cuisine also includes several unique dishes, like spiral-shaped cheese pies, egg-lemon goat, braised ibex and stew made with locally caught rabbit.
Old Town is the best place to shop for souvenirs and keepsakes to remember your Skiathos, Greece, trip. You'll find an abundance of shops selling trinkets and beach essentials, as well as boutiques offering antiques and handmade collectibles — like miniature wooden boats, driftwood art and locally produced olive oil.
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