Lying between Vromolimnos and Platanias on the south coast is Kolios, a beautiful beach resort nestled in a deep bay. This is where people come to get away from the bustle and noise of life; the town is free from nightclubs and huge hotel resorts, and instead has family-run tavernas and quiet bars. It’s also ideal for a holiday in the great outdoors; Kolios is surrounded by lush woodland and olive groves.
The beach in Kolios is in a deep bay, sheltered from wind by wooded headlands on both sides. It’s considered one of the best beaches in Skiathos; sand slopes gradually into clear shallow water, where even small children can paddle safely. The beach has two tavernas nearby where you can drop by for refreshments or enjoy lunch while taking a break from the midday heat, and there are sunbeds available for hire.
Kolios is just a 10-minute drive from Skiathos Town, the island capital which has a bustling harbour, an old town and a larger choice of bars and restaurants. The medieval town of Il Kastro in the north of the island is worth a visit, and don’t miss a boat trip to see the Lalaria sea caves, two naturally-formed grottos that are known as Skiathos’ most beautiful attractions.
Things to Do
There’s not much going on in Kolios, but that’s exactly what brings people here. Families and older couples come to enjoy the peace and quiet, but also to take advantage of the attractions nearby. Nearby Platanias Beach has a large choice of water sports, or you can learn to sail at Troulos Beach. There are several walking paths leading from the resort through woodland or to neighbouring beaches, so why not go exploring?