Town of Skiathos

Information About Town

Skiathos Town: The capital of Skiathos is built amphitheatrically on the south eastern tip of the island in a windless bay, full of simple white houses with tiled roofs and narrow streets. It is the same town since the classical period until the Byzantine one when the population moved to the fortified village of Kastro seeking security. In the early 19th century, they abandoned Kastro and moved back to Skiathos Town in 1829; since then the population has grown and the town expended.

Because it was destroyed by German bombs during World War II, it was rebuilt and prospered. Today almost the entire population of Skiathos is concentrated there. Because it is a very cosmopolitan little town, Skiathos Town has plenty of restaurants (Greek and international cuisine), tourist offices, shops (touristy, clothes and shoe shops), cafes, bars and clubs opened all night long and offering all kinds of music for everyone.

Most of the entertainment is located in the main street Papadiamanti and on the seafront. Everything is quite expensive and the in most of the taverns the quality of the products is not excellent because they are very touristy and the inhabitant of the island have neglected farming and agriculture for touristy activities so the island don't produce many local products.

Snack bars can be found in great quantity as well as luxurious restaurant such as Italian or a Greek restaurant functioning in a renovated windmill which is located on the highest hill of the town, overlooking the sea and the island.

The commercial port is separated from the old one by the little peninsula of Bourtzi, covered with verdant pine trees. On this peninsula are the remains of the old castle built by the Gizi brothers during the Venetian period. The old port is still quite picturesque despite of the high tourism and is a pleasant place for a walk, boarded with little fishing boats.

Things To See And Do In Town

Sightseeing

BourtziHouse of PapadiamantisChurch of Three BishopsChurch of Agios Nikolaos
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Guest 2009-03
Build a summer cinema
The town is actually the only organized village of Skiathos but the other settlements seem to have only a few amenities for tourists. I guess when tourists go away, these villages are left with a few only inhabitants. The town though seems more populated (at least, in summer!). It has banks, stores, places to eat, everything. I just have two remarks: first, I had an unpleasant experience when the ATM kept my card inside and I had to borrow money from a friend for the weekend (it was Saturday evening when I lost my card and I went back to the bank Monday morning to get it back) and second, I didn't see a summer cinema in Skiathos. I think it would be nice to build an open cinema on the Castle.
Guest 2008-10
Evening entertainment in the town
I always wanted to visit Skiathos as it seemed a great island to me from the photos I had seen. Indeed it is a great island with gorgeous beaches. Village life is not so good, except for Skiathos town which is the only descent village to visit. The rest are very traditional and not organized at all. My best activity in Skiathos town was dining!! It had every type of restaurant possible, from the cheap to the expensive. The food in general was excellent and the service very friendly. You have to go to Skiathos town for evening entertainment- eating or drinking, it is just lovely.

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