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bowls12

Excellent place love it
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Off next week to Skiathos for the 3rd time. Just love everything about this island, so laid back, plenty to do, great food and wonderful weather and scenery. If you have never been, you must go.


jondhaw
jondhaw wrote on Jun 13, 2013

Been there three years ago, loved the sandy beaches, not much to see besides.

stefan
stefan wrote on Sep 26, 2013

You must go, indeed.


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Sun Sea Sand and Skiathos
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So, another years holiday is over and will soon be a distant memory. 2 weeks of sun, sea, sandy beaches, a bit of shopping and relaxation in Skiathos, what more could you want? Did I say 2 weeks of sun? Yes, that would have been nice.

There had been no rain in Skiathos since the begining of May, but there was plenty when we were there. In fact we had 5 days of it!! We were assured on a daily basis it hardly ever rains in the day on Skiathos, normally overnight and if it does rain in the day it only lasts a few hours or 1 day at the most. Unfortunately this year some one forgot to tell the rain God. Mick and I had been looking forward to this holiday for a long time, after a really hectic year and had had some really good feedback about the island. Maybe, we picked the wrong time to see it at its best.

Althouh green, there was very little colour. All the oleanders, bourganvillia and other plants were either dying or had finished flowering. This, coupled with the imense amount of apparant waste land, the delapidated and run down builings, those only partly built give the islnd a feeling of neglect and sadness. I feel short changed, as we had expected something a bit more.

We stayed in Koukounaries but with hindsight should have stayed in Skiathos town. Koukounaries is really just a series of apartments and hotels with restaurants attached. There is the odd bar and stand alone restaurant, but not much else. The supermarkets were poorly stocked and gift shops non existant. Night life is limited to your hotel bar/reataurant. While we are not "party animals" we do like a bit of atmosphere and like to wander around bustling shops or sit in a taverna/cafe and watch the world go by.

Having got the negatives out of the way, now to the positives. The beaches at Koukanaries are extremely good. Koukounaries beach is huge and well equipped, with lovely views. It is also an easy stroll from the hotels etc. Then there are the Banana beaches. Big Banana is a full on activity beach, with 2 beach bars in close proximity both playing their music as loud as they can. The later on in the day the louder it gets, as they both try to out do each other. Again the facilites are good. Then there is small Banana. This is where you can go to get an "all over" tan. There seemed to be a lot of older couples on this beach, although the single sex couples were mostly younger. There is a small beach bar with restaurant and a toilet. It is a bit of a treck to get to both Banana beaches especially when hot.

On the way to the Banana beaches, if you do a left turn at the first sign you see for the beaches and follow the road up it takes to a run down unused hotel called the Xenia (I think). Find your way to the steps on the right behind the hotel and this will take you down to Mystic beach, a small beach with lovely views and an expensive bar and restaurant, used mainly by the boats that anchor up for the day. Also just up the road from the hotels in Koukanaries is Agia Eleni beach. You can get to see amazing sunsets from here.

The whole island is probably no more than 15 kilometres long and has 26 bus stops going from Skiathos town harbour to number 26 at Koukanaries beach. It is only 2 euros to do the whole journey and takes about 25 minutes. The buses run every 10-15 minutes. It is a really good way to get around. We used the buses to go into Skiathos Town on several occasions especially in the evening. The new and old ports are full of restaurants and Papadiamanti Street has a superb range of shops to suit everyone.

Take the time to wander behind the main streets and find the little shops and tavernas. 1901 is a very good restaurant and is situated up behind the church. The Rock and Roll bar is by a flight of steps, which are covered in cushions for people to sit on. The church is up the top of those stairs, although are other ways of getting to it. There is a must see antique shop by the church next to Maria's Pizza restaurant. It has the most amazing collection of things for sale.

The food generally was really good. Our hotel The Panorama served a good selection of dishes that were well cooked, as did the Golden Beach and The Muses hotels, which are either side of the Panorama. If you want simple food then Agustera bar is ok, but for a special meal go to the restaurant just up from bus stop 16, they do the most amazing cheesecake and have a lovely menu. The staff are very excellent, you get a complimentary ouzo on arrival and an almond liquer and coffee and the end of the meal.

So, that's my take on Skiathos. We probably wouldn't go again, but there were lots of people in our hotel and on the beaches who have returned time after time. Everyone has diferent expectations of what they want in a holiday it is just a shame that for us Skiathos didn't match ours. But unless you go, you don't know!!!



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Blessed with gorgeous water
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This summer I visited Skiathos for the first time, this natural green island of Greece. University was over so my friends and I decided to go somewhere and celebrate the end of exams. I didn't really know much about this island, except that it had good nightlife and fantastic beaches. We made plans to stay for four days which eventually became a whole week. My family had already booked us a lovely apartment for three people close to Koukounaries, a beautiful area with dense pine forest. People were scattered along the beaches, Skiathos suits all tastes while beaches are blessed with gorgeous crystalline waters and unique surrounding. Banana and Koukounaries are the most famous beaches. Swimming at night was a wonderful experience, this is a memory I will never forget. We ate a couple of times at the restaurants located in the town waterfront but we were disappointed because the food was not so nice plus it was expensive. I recommend you visit the traditional taverns located between the alleys of the town, with tasteful dishes and good prices. Locals are nice and generous.



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Wonderful week!
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Category: Skiathos Hotels > Lalaria


We just came back from a fantastic week at Lalaria with our two boys (2,5 years and 5,5 months old). The hotel was just what we wanted and the staff was very friendly. We like the fact that the hotel is rather small and cozy which makes it more family like. Chilling at the pool every day after visiting all the lovely beaches on Skiathos was great! Thank you very much! We will be back for sure!!



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holydas at Pandora
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Category: Skiathos Hotels > Pandora


We enjoy our holidays for many years at Pandora. There is a beautifull site half the way to town or to Koukonaries Beach (bus stop only about 100m, super market too). The landlady is very nice and helpfull. One sentence: try it.



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Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
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Category: Skiathos Hotels > Paradise Holidays


Hello all
We would like to thank you all for the wonderful hospitality at Hotel Paradise. We could not have felt more welcome and comfortable. Since we have been back home we have been singing your praises. Well done Economou Family. Keep up the good work.
Best Wishes Christine and Tony (Antonio) Martel, Guernsey



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Destination for nature lovers
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Skiathos was more than I expected. My family and I visited the island 6 years ago and ever since, Skiathos has become a favorite place for my summer holidays. This year my work didn't allow me to spend more than 4 days here but I was still happy that I enjoyed all of them. For those who don't know this place, I can only say that it is a green paradise.

I can surely recommend many places for you to visit starting from the crystalline beaches. Banana, Vromolimnos and Aselinos are the perfect choices to relax. Lalaria is one of my favorite beaches to swim with transparent waters and rocky surrounding. It is accessed only by boat but it is worth visiting at least. The centre of Skiathos is very cosmopolitan and during the peak season it is filled with a great number of tourists.

Skiathos is an island gifted by nature for its green vegetation and fantastic paths to walk. The taverns in Skiathos offer great food, some of them might seem a bit expensive but they all promise quality in taste. It is a nice alternative for families as well.



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at last!!
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Category: Skiathos Hotels > Lalaria


My husband and I have been coming to Skiathos for eleven years and at last we have found this lovely hotel, which we will deffinitely be coming back to again. The facilities and location are everything you need. Staff are friendly and so helpful. Rooms airy and spotless.
Thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable.



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At last
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Category: Skiathos Hotels > Lalaria


Wow!!

In August we are going for the 6:th time to this wonderful hotel. We just love it...

The staff and all the people that work there are fantastic. Just cant wait to see you all!!!

Jan and Yvonne



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Beautiful island for families
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Hello, I wanted to comment on Skiathos because it might be the best island if you like very good sandy beaches combined with lots of flora. We stayed at Troulos location with our 2 kids in June 2010 at Zachos Hotel. It doesn't have a view to the sea (apart from one or two rooms I think) but it was cheap, and nicely located in the middle of the island (Troulos), close to Koukounaries beach. Troulos is not near the city which is a negative for shopping and late night clubbing but it's quiet and naturally cool. There's a market right next to the hotel for the important stuff plus a couple of very good bar-restaurants with free pool use and live football.
Skiathos is amazing, even the sun is kinda different, people told us about it but we didn't believe, it's just perfect! I wish we had more time to visit more places but to be honest, we'd probably be spending most of the time like we did: big breakfast, morning swim, food, drinks and chilling with the kids for the rest of the day at the bar across the street :)



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