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Skiathos Town lies on the south-east coast of Skiathos which is the most westerly of the Sporades islands. This group of islands lie off the Thessalia region on the east coast of mainland Greece. Skiathos Town is situated on a bay divided in two by the Bourtzi promontory and is surrounded by pine covered hills. The bay is filled with tiny islands, oases of green in the bright blue sea. The old town lies to the west and is a charming maze of narrow cobbled streets.To the east is the modern cosmopolitan area with shops and restaurants. Skiathos Town has accommodation to suit all budgets and restaurants catering for all tastes. There are shops to satisfy all but the most ardent of shoppers and holidaymakers can enjoy a lively nightlife. There are also sandy beaches and good bathing. It appears that Skiathos Town possesses all the necessary ingredients for a holiday to remember.
Skiathos is a charming island that has remained largely unspoilt by tourism and even the capital, Skiathos Town, has managed to retain its traditional appeal. It is a very attractive town with good facilities. Its beaches offer safe bathing; its restaurants serve good food and its bars, discos and clubs provide a vibrant nightlife.
A Skiathos Town is very popular with a wide range of ages and interests. Couples of all ages choose Skiathos Town because it combines the amenities of the capital with beach life. Families with young children would probably prefer a resort that is totally beach based, and there are plenty of these on the island. Although Skiathos, as a whole, is not famed for its nightlife, the town itself has entertainment that is lively enough to attract young people.
The most popular time to visit Skiathos Town 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.
Skiathos Town, on the south east coast of the island, has a transfer time from the airport of fifteen minutes. It is a very attractive town with narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea and some wonderful old churches. There are the ruins of an old fort on the headland between the bays. The modern marina is filled with yachts and is a good place to enjoy a coffee while watching maritime activities. There are a number of sandy beaches both in and around Skiathos Town. They shelve gently into the clear, calm waters of the bay and are safe for children and less confident swimmers. Nearby Achladies beach provides a range of water sports for the more energetic holidaymaker.
Skiathos Town has a good range of accommodation, from five star hotels to apartments and studios. Its restaurants and tavernas serve everything from fast foods to traditional island dishes; and from pizzas to haute cuisine.
The shops and boutiques in Skiathos supply you with all your needs including gifts and holiday souvenirs.
There are many excursions from the old harbour to other resorts and beaches on the island and to the uninhabited Tsougria Island and the beautiful island of Skopelos. Three miles out of the town is the Evangelistrias Monastery which is well worth a visit.
A Skiathos Town holiday offers relaxation in a friendly atmosphere, excellent facilities, good food, sandy beaches and a host of recreational activities both in and out of the water.
Skiathos Town nightlife is lively without being raucous and has something for everyone. Those seeking relaxing, romantic evenings will find many venues with just such an atmosphere providing good food and wine. There are also lively bars, discos and clubs where party animals can dance until the early hours.
Skiathos Town is really the only centre for shopping on the island. It has a wide range of shops, boutiques, and stalls. There are the usual numbers of gift and souvenir shops where you can buy the obligatory holiday mementoes. Popular purchases include leather goods, pottery and ceramics, lace and embroidered linens and for bling lovers, a range of gold and silver jewellery.
Skiathos Town has numerous tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants which provide a wide range of food to accommodate all tastes. Locally caught fish, simply cooked, is always delicious. Moussaka is another Greek favourite made from minced lamb, aubergines and a béchamel sauce. Fast food stalls such as Souvlatzidiki sell takeaway souvlakis, a type of kebab. For a more substantial snack these are sometimes wrapped in pita bread and called gyros. 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.