Skiathos: Caribbean Azure Meets Emerald Green

skiathos Skiathos: Caribbean Azure Meets Emerald Green

Top reasons to visit this island in Greece’s Northern Sporades, where things are definitely happening

Small but truly gorgeous, Skiathos, the most renowned and developed of the Sporades Islands, promises a spirited nightlife, gourmet spots and modern hotels. This destination, located in the western part of the Aegean Sea, also features protected nature zones, serene beaches, and a host of wonderful surprises.

Begin your visit with a stop at the residence of celebrated 19th century Greek writer Alexandros Papadiamantis, who was born and raised on the island and returned here to spend his latter years. Located amid the alleys opposite the port, the modest house, nowadays a museum, testifies to the writer’s quiet and frugal lifestyle. A gift shop selling titles by the author operates here.

Exploring Bourtzi, a densely vegetated peninsula protruding from the port and dividing it in two, is also recommended. You should keep in mind that, apart from these two serene exceptions, the rest of the island’s main town is saturated by tourism.

In summer, the capital is flooded by the inflow of charter flight traffic; the many tavernas, restaurants, rooms for rent and modern hotels are always busy, and there’s loud music at café-bars from the early afternoon hours. It’s very likely that you’ll end up spending a few late nights at one of the many clubs here.

For a quieter evening, opt for the town’s open-air cinema. The musical/romantic comedy “Mamma Mia,” starring Meryl Streep and filmed in the Sporades, is featured regularly at this theater.

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