Skiathos Town has two sides to it, the traditional old town that has been around for years and the bustling new town that has developed as part of Skiathos’ booming tourist trade. The two sides are strikingly different; while the new town is characterised by loud bars and a large marina, the old town is a maze of winding streets lined by whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs.
Skiathos Town’s main beach is Megali Ammos, located just a short walk from the town centre. The beach is sandy with plenty of shallow areas and a water sports centre, so it’s popular among families of visitors and locals alike. If it gets crowded Skiathos has plenty of other beaches to visit instead; try the beautiful Koukonaries beach on the south side of the island, or the sea caves at nearby Lalaria.
Skiathos has many cultural sights to explore, the most well-known of which is the Evangelistria Monastery just north of the town where monks still live today. Another interesting trip is a day out to the ruins of Il Kastro, which used to be Skiathos’ largest town. Skiathos is also one of the filming locations for the film Mamma Mia, so film buffs should look out for movie tours of the island!
Skiathos doesn’t have the party scene to rival Zante or Kavos, but for those who come here this isn’t a bad thing! Skiathos Town has the most lively evening scene; apart from the largest choice of restaurants Skiathos Town has two main bar districts where bar hopping is popular. If you’re not in the mood for a party, watch a film under the stars at Skiathos’ outdoor cinema.