Koukonaries is well-known as the location of the most beautiful beach in Skiathos, and arguably the whole of Greece! The long curved strip of white sand is surrounded by beautiful green pine forests and rolling hills, and is backed by a nature reserve and a peaceful lake. Although the beach can get busy during the day, the resort has a quiet, rural feel; it’s popular with families and nature lovers.
Koukanaries Beach is one of Greece’s most scenic, surrounded by pine trees and looking out across the sparkling blue of the Aegean Sea. There’s a taverna for all your refreshment needs, a water sports centre and sunbeds and parasols available for hire, although to cut costs you can just lay your beach towel under the trees! If it gets too busy, track down ‘Hidden Beach’ tucked away down a dirt track near Aghia Eleni.
Things to Do
Koukonaries has plenty to offer for those who love the outdoors; aside from the watersports centre there are also several coastal walking tracks and a riding centre offering pony treks through the woodland trails inland. Behind the beach there’s a beautiful nature reserve with a lake and park, where you can go for a leisurely stroll or settle in for the day with rugs and a picnic.
Koukonaries lies on a purpose-built coastal road that connects it to most of the major resorts in Skiathos, so it’s easy to reach other resorts by bus or car. Skiathos Town is the best choice for a day trip; it’s the island’s main town and has a marina, old town, and a much larger selection of bars and restaurants. You can also visit the beaches at Kolios or Troulos for a change of scenery.