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Koukounaries is situated on the south-western tip of Skiathos thirteen kilometres from the capital, Skiathos town, with a transfer time from the airport of forty five minutes. It is an area of great natural beauty where the pine and olive trees creep down to the edge of the beach. Koukounaries has the most famous beach on the island and is also known as ‘Chrisi Ammos’ or ‘golden sand’, because of the way it glistens in the sunlight. It is a quiet resort, where relaxation on the beach is the order of the day. There are water sports for energetic holidaymakers, tavernas serving traditional food, accommodation catering for most budgets and a small number of shops. A Koukounaries holidays offers a very attractive resort bathed in warm sunshine with a fantastic beach, crystal clear waters and a range of recreational activities
If you wish to relax on a wonderfully soft beach bathed by clear blue water in an area of fertile beauty, book a holiday in Koukounaries and you will not be disappointed. The accommodation is good, the family run tavernas serve excellent traditional food and the nightlife is calm and peaceful. It is the perfect place for escaping from the bustle of twenty first century living.
A Koukounaries holiday is very popular with families and couples of all ages. It is the ideal spot for a relaxing break by the sea. Water sports enthusiasts have a choice of activities and ramblers will enjoy the many paths and trails through the woods to inland villages.
The most popular time to visit Koukounaries is in the summer although the season extends from Easter to the end of October. The summertime temperature range is in the middle to late twenties.
Koukounaries, on the south west tip of Skiathos is one of the most popular resorts on the island. Holidaymakers are drawn to its superb sandy beach glistening in the brilliant sunshine. The beach shelves gently into the crystal waters offering ideal conditions for children and less confident swimmers and there are water sports offering fun and exercise for the more energetic holidaymaker. Behind the beach are bars and tavernas serving daylong refreshments.
Ramblers may like to wander through the forest trails enjoying the cooling shade from the trees. The lagoon of Strofilia, and the surrounding forest are a protected nature reserve.
Hotels, apartments and studios provide accommodation for most budgets and there are also hostels and a camping site. Tavernas serve food that appeals to most tastes and mini-markets and gift shops supply essential provisions as well as the usual holiday mementoes.
Evenings are relaxed reflecting the family nature of Koukounaries. Facing west, it benefits from wonderful sunsets.
Excursions are available to neighbouring beaches and resorts as well as to other small islands. Kastro, a medieval village, is well worth visiting.
With good accommodation, traditional tavernas, a beach that is hard to surpass, pleasant bathing and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Koukounaries has all the ingredients necessary for a memorable holiday.
Koukounaries is as relaxed by night as it is by day reflecting the family nature of the resort. Evenings are spent ambling along the beach front enjoying a meal and a carafe of wine under the stars, in one of the many traditional tavernas. Those wishing for more vibrant evenings can take a bus or taxi to Skiathos Town where they will find lively bars, discos and clubs.
In Koukounaries, shopping is limited to essential provisions as well as a number of gift and souvenir shops. However, there are buses to Skiathos Town which has a more than adequate amount of boutiques, craft and gift shops to satisfy most shoppers. Popular purchases include leather goods, pottery and ceramics, lace and embroidered linens and for bling lovers, a range of gold and silver jewellery.
Konkounaries has many traditional tavernas providing a range of delicious food to accommodate most tastes. There are also restaurants providing international cuisine. Locally caught fish, simply cooked, is always delicious. Moussaka is another Greek favourite made from minced lamb, aubergines and a béchamel sauce. A good way to try traditional food is to order Mezedes, the Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, which includes a variety of bite-sized fish, meat and vegetables.
Local wines are inexpensive and very palatable.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are usually accommodated.