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Skiathos
The popular Greek holiday island of Skiathos is only a few miles square, but nevertheless boasts 70 beaches around its coastline, dozens of hotels and tavernas, several olive and walnut plantations, a busy marina and an airport (with the shortest runway in Europe). The island’s longest and finest beach is Koukounaries, covered in golden sand,more
Great place... - David Robinson. Date of travel: Oct 2010
Friendly....good choice of shops and tavernas.....prices vary tremendously....2.7 euros for a large beer...yet you can pay 8 for a can of 'Coke Light'....! Really does pay to shop around. Don't recommend going way out of season as I did...in October not only was the weather poor, but the tavernas, and even souvenir shops were closing for the season! Caught the last flight out on Oct 7th. Best in June or early Sept if you want to avoid the crowds and school holidays. Great for seeing other islands...Volos, Alonissos, Skopolos, etc. Be careful where you book - check out 'Trip Advisor' before choosing accommodation... What you see isn't always what you get!!!
Ag. Paraskevi Skiathos - MacEwans. Date of travel: Jul 2010
We found House/Villa Jasmin perfect for our requirements and set in a great part of Skiathos - the resort of Ag. Paraskevi. As a family of 5, (two adults, twins aged 7, and a little one age 3), it is the ideal location for a family looking for a safe, tranquil, and beautiful base to enjoy a holiday in Skiathos. (Whilst not being too far 'out of the way'). The Villa comprises 3 floors and can be rented as a whole or in 2 parts. We took the option to rent the main house which is the top 2 floors for our family holiday. (The ground floor has a separate apartment and entrance, comprising 2 double bedrooms and open plan kitchen, lounge and dining area.) Whilst we could have comfortably rented the downstairs apartment for ourselves we were blown away by the pictures on the website www.housevilla.gr so much so that we 'pushed the boat out' and opted for the main upper 2 floors of the Villa - which has 3 double bedrooms (all with air-conditioning) 2 bathrooms, huge kitchen / lounge / dining area, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi internet, hand-crafted spiral staircase, DVD player, huge balcony, etc, etc... Simply stunning! The Villa is outstandingly beautiful. It has been recently built and finished perfectly with real care and craftsmanship - if we were to be buying a Villa abroad ourselves, I really don't think I would have changed any single detail of the materials, fittings and furnishings used in Villa Jasmin - it was evident on arrival that the images on the website probably don't do the Villa justice - it was even more perfect and stunning than the images portrayed - and we were sold on the website images alone! Moreover, not only is the Villa well built and thought out, it really did provide everything that a family could possible need to enjoy a comfortable and luxurious holiday. The little touches of decor and facilities for everyday living were impressive - the owners had thought of everything you could possibly want - making it a real 'home from home'. The Villa is set in a large, secure, and private garden with electric gate with a view up the mountain in front. It is located around three quarters of a mile from the main ring-road in Skiathos in a resort called Aghious Paraskevi, which is small, but has tens of superb tavernas and shops (Including a few of the best rated restaurants on the Island within a short walking distance). Stefanos and Jasmin (the owners) had recommended we hire a car which we opted for and this was arranged by them (cheaper than we could ourselves) with full insurance and 3 child seats as requested. We collected this at Skiathos airport on arrival and called Stefanos who gave us simple directions to the Kassandra Bay Hotel where he met us and took us to the Villa. Whilst we were told that 'a car was recommended' I would say this is not strictly the case. Don't get me wrong, Skiathos has some of the best beaches in Greece (60 in total) which is impressive for a small Island. But the Villa is located only a few minutes walk from complexes operated by the tour operator Thomson and we met many families staying in these resorts that did not have a car and felt they had no need for one. As I said, you have some fabulous Tavernas/Restaurants in easy walking distance, great pools, supermarkets, etc. And the beach at Ag. Paraskevi is stunning - and only 900 metres walk away along a quiet, flat lane - no stairs or mountains to climb in the heat! If you want to get around and explore, the Island has one main ring road running from the main town/port right down to the large and beautiful Koukanaries beach. It has a popular bus service running every 15 minutes around the Island meaning that you could essentially get anywhere you wanted to both quickly and cheaply. We did enjoy the freedom of having a car obviously, but come 4 or 5 o'clock I like to have a beer or a glass of wine so we really enjoyed just walking to the local Tavernas for our evening meal and never felt like we were trapped or stuck 'out of the way'. (Tripadvisor rates 3 or 4 of the local Tavernas amongst the best in Skiathos! If you're staying local in Ag. Paraskevi make sure you eat at 'Calma, Mesostrato, Infinity Blue, & Maistrali - the food is good value and tasty also at Pegasus which has a park out front for the kids to play. If heading to Skiathos town the Windmill and Bonoparts ). The standard of the Villa and it's facilities speak for themselves, but what we really enjoyed was having the freedom to allow our children to play unsupervised in the large gardens outside. As it was secure and safe from cars and passers by, it was less worrying than allowing them out to play in our street at home! The other big factor is the beautiful 'quietness' around you. There really is a lot to be said about 'noise pollution' as we have never, ever, relaxed so quickly on holiday before. It took a few days to work out why this was, and it was because the only 'noise intrusion' is really from the odd passing car, the crickets, or the distant chime of small bells from the goats grazing up the hill in front. I was honestly amazed that the lack of voices, music, cars, moped engines, really could help you relax so fully and quickly - which for us meant we have never had such a great holiday, accommodation or location! If there was one downside to this Villa, it would be that it did not have it's own swimming pool. However after staying a couple of days we soon felt this was a benefit in many ways - no one adult had to stand constant 'watch' over the children playing outside for fear of an accident or drowning! (I'm sure many parents understand exactly what I'm talking about here!) And realistically, we had a choice of 3 or 4 good pools only a short walk away - we used the Ariadne which was large, clean, reasonable priced for drinks and lunchtime snacks. We also went water skiing most days at Stefanos' Ski School on Vasilias beach (below Kasandra Bay Hotel), He's a trained water ski instructor with many years of experience. We had never tried water skiing before, however both myself and my husband were skiing on our first lesson! We're now hooked! Stefanos is a great teacher, he's very relaxed and calm and not arrogant like some ski instructors, he really wants to help you to learn. We also hired a boat for the day and visited lots of the beautiful little islands, the beaches were out of this world and a lovely and quiet! All in all, Villa Jasmin is a winner! I can whole heartedly recommend it to families, couples, groups, anyone. Quality is quality, and we can all appreciate that!
Pegasus Taverna Agia Paraskevi - Lin & Alan Maxwell. Date of travel: May 2010
we have just returned and had a lovely holiday in Agia paraskevi. Katerina apts were freshly painted but linen & bins not changed often enough. We would recommend PEGASUS Taverna - a lovely situation after a day on the beach as it has a BEAUTIFUL garden in the front; the family of Voula who run it are so welcoming and the food is fantastic. The Island is so pretty!
Best restaurant in Skiathos - Natalie Dearn. Date of travel: Jun 2009
By far the best restaurant on the island is Amfiliki (opposite the health centre in Skiathos). This was recommended to us by a taxi driver. The food is second to none and the views are to die for. Local people eat here so it has to be good. The hospitality is wonderful. We visited the Windmill on our first visit in 2008 and were very disappointed. Warning: You will have to book, we have already done it for our return at the end of August 2009
Skiathos best food - John & Cathrine. Date of travel: May 2009
Skiathos is a wonderful destination, with many fantastic beaches and very natural forests. The best food was near to Koukounaries beach, the last restaurant before the last bus station, called Village - excellent service, very tasty foods, traditional dishes, homemade pizzas. Just the best in Skiathos. You can see their website on the Internet.
Skiathos was my best holiday - John Gareth. Date of travel: Sep 2008
Skiathos was my best holiday
The island is really the number one of all the greek islands, many many beaches, very natural, forests, lakes, mountains. Also there are many shops and restaurants and bars to go anywhere that you like. Fresh fish, local lamb and veal, local traditional wine. 2 wonderful Monasteries, one very nice museum in Papadiamanti Str. Was my best holiday. The sunset from banana beach is fantastic and the view from Blue Horizon Studios was magic.
best holiday ever - NK. Date of travel: Jul 2008
best holiday ever
I just got back from Skiathos Town a few days ago, it was the best holiday I have ever had - and that is saying something, however I'm sure this was a lot to do with the company. I stayed at Oasis Studios, a 10 minute walk in to the town. The owner Mike and his staff were brilliant, Mike is certainly a character you won't forget. He approached my friend and I one day and just told us to meet him in 10 mins without a clue as to where we were going...half an hour later we and 3 other guests were on a speed boat, taken to a totally secluded beach only accessible by boat. We went swimming and snorkeling and then whisked off to another beach for white bait and Mythos, and Mike would not let us pay a penny! More about Skiathios...well I heard this is one, if not the shortest runway in Europe, that I can believe, one heck of a landing! There are plenty of bars along the harbour, but beware, you can pay up to €10 a drink. Head to the cobbled streets further into town and it's a lot lot cheaper. There is a club strip which is open until around 7am if that's what you fancy, or you can just sit and relax in a taverna with traditonal Greek musicians. There are a couple of bars we found which play rock type music (chocolate bar and albatross), also 'Bar Destiny' - ran by Kriss: be warned he makes all newcomers drink a virgin shot (sambucca, vodka and tabasco sauce). A cheesy night, but great fun. For fresh fish, go to Vatholomis Taverna, delicious! One word of warning. One family we met went on what was meant to be a boat trip to Skopelos town (costing around €20 pp). Due to high winds, docked the other side of Skopelos for 3 hours, dumped all passengers under a tree (in 40 degrees) next to a great big stinky skip without as much as a building in sight. No offer of a refund whatsoever. I was also due to go on a boat trip that day, but it was cancelled at 10am. The other boat must have known it was too windy but chose to go anyway just to take peoples money. Other than that (and one incident of food poisoning from a restaurant in town), it was super!
Skiathos/koukanaries - Barbara Jones. Date of travel: Jul 2008
Skiathos/koukanaries
It was a lovely place with a beautiful beach. Skiathos town was very nice with great shops bars and tavernas and only a short bus journey away. Koukanaries had a supermarket and a few nice tavernas. All together a lovely place to visit.
Enjoy It. - love. Date of travel: Dec 2007
Skiathos in Greece is a great place!
Agia Paraskevi - Dale O'Melia and Maggie Baines. Date of travel: Sep 2006
Skiathos itself is a lovely island and it has something for everyone from boat trips from Skiathos Town, to lovely beaches along the Island. There are many lovely tavernas but worth a special mention is Pegasus at Agia Paraskevi - it serves truly authentic Greek cuisine and is set in picturesqe grounds.
Skiathos is great - Rober Williams. Date of travel: Sep 2006
Skiathos is great and if you love the Greek islands this one will be your favorite.This island has more than 60 beaches and pine forests in the hills. Perfect for families and young couples to enjoy the sea and the sun and feel the hospitality of the Greeks.
Troulos - Alan Jones. Date of travel: Aug 2006
A pleasant island with a mix of tourist-type stuff - bars, shops, boats, excursions and beaches. However, the real beauty is a little more difficult to get to. Some of the beaches, like Lalaria, on the west & north are only accessible by car or boat. We hired a jeep for 3 days and discovered that the tarmaced roads don't go very far; we were quickly onto graded dirt-tracks with some quite hairy bends and drops but the views and beaches were stunning. Others, like Mandraki, were reached with a bit of a trek from the bus stop. All the beaches we visited were remarkably clean and the water, especially off the shingle beaches, was clear and blue - ideal for snorkeling around the rocks. We paid a few visits to the dog shelter in the mountains and walked a few of their dogs; they're always grateful, having anything between 30 and 50 dogs in the summer and only 2 fulltime workers. I'd go back but would want to stay some distance from the main road. Tour Operator: Olympic
Beautiful little island! - Naomi and Darren. Date of travel: Jun 2006
Beautiful little island!
Skiathos is a little slice of paradise! I am somewhat confused when I read bad reviews of Skiathos; it makes me wonder if we visited the same place. Don't get me wrong, it is not a holiday for everyone but I think it's ideal for couples of all ages. It is essentially a beach holiday and with over 60 to choose from, you're spoilt for choice! The food on the island is beautiful! There's so many restaurants to choose from! If you like Pizza, I would recommend Maria's pizza-the best I've ever had! You can watch her make your pizza fresh and enjoy it at the quaint little tables on the backstreet cobbles. It is worth doing a couple of boat trips, to see some of the beaches which can only be reached by boat, such as Lalaria, which is stunning! I would also recommend a trip to the outdoor cinema-it plays recent movies in English with Greek subtitles-it's a totally different experience watching a movie with a glass of wine or a beer and having the moon and stars above you-perfect! If you like dogs have a walk up to the dog shelter near troulos and walk a dog in the picturesque mountains-stunning views and good exercise! In the evenings the best place to go to is the rock and roll bar-they do amazing cocktails and you can enjoy them whilst sitting on plump colourful cushions and beanbags on the slabs outside-it’s so comfortable and relaxing and the novelty doesn't wear off-we visited during happy hour (7-9) almost every night! What can I say? If you want a relaxing holiday with beautiful beaches, great food and drink and superb weather than go to Skiathos-you won't be disappointed. Tour Operator: Olympic
Koukounaries Skiathos - Jurassic Spark. Date of travel: Jun 2006
If you like the Greek islands you will like Skiathos. Koukounaries beach and Maratha beach next door are excellent. We used the very good local bus service to visit lots of restaurants and tavernas along its route into the main town. Two very good ones are The Asprolithos 50 mtrs to the right at the top of Papadiamanis Street (main street) and The Windmill if you fancy a treat. Well worth the trek up.
No chance of a romantic or intimate - Miss B Warren. Date of travel: Sep 2005
The whole purpose of Skiathos is to gorge you from the first taxi, who recommends very anglicized restaurants. 80's music blares from most pool side bars, walls are thin and allow no chance of a romantic or intimate holiday in the abundantly built up apartments, and chips and lager will be snuck into every Greek dish you order. The beaches on the other side of the island are nice, but the accommodation is hard sets of single beds. Boats are rented out at 90 euros per day plus 20 euros petrol. Get there at 9:30. A rep will wake you up 3 times in the week trying to punt various holiday maker products,trips to Athens to view the stray animals or to take you places to try out more overpriced and burnt souvlaki. Forget getting peace to relax, this is all about getting your cash and punishing you if you don't play along. The high street is likened to any tourist high street punting plastic beads and t shirts, more chips and lager. Most people speak English, most food is English. Banks shut at 2 and no one ever has any change. Do not take 100 euro notes. You will waste a day looking for change. You won't be in real Greece. The flights are appalling, and will take up to5 hours to get home, after refuelling in Thessalonika. Small cats run about all over the island. Don't expect to see one past 2 years old. In the winter, the flats are abandoned and the cats starve to death,or are poisoned; so think before you buy that 'Cats of Greece' postcard to send home to your beloved family and pets. No one cares about them when you have left. They are just an instrument to pander to tourism. The beaches on the island were nice. Hide out there to escape sharing your holiday with what seems like the cast of coronation street. Banana beach was nice, apart from getting followed about by a fat hairy naked old man. I don't know what he thought he was going to get out of annoying us apart from a thick ear. I got stung by a wasp as well and all my luggage got lost. I wish I had just gone to Cornwall instead. Tour Operator: OLYMPIC TRAVEL / XCEL AIRWAYS
Jane and Bill Reilly. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Skiathos is lovely, lots of nice restaurants if you look for them and the grill houses are good. Taverna Dionysis, bottom of Papadiamentis street, first right turn, and Asprolithos, top of Papadiamentis street behind the school, both great food. Secret Skiathos boat trip is a good day out with a maniac of a captain!! Koukounaries beach is called the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean, and it might be if you ignore the dirty sand and cigarette ends everywhere, and pine needles rotting round the trees. Beach tavernas can be expensive. Dont go to the Slip In on the front, 5 euros for a small local beer!!!!!!! You must go to the Rock and Roll bar though, good cocktails, try the champagne cocktail or the Day at the Beach! Tour Operator: Olympic
Jane Mitchell. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Platanias is lovely, nice tavernas and a good grill. Beach nice. You have to cross the road which is a bit busy but ok. Platanias is half way up the island so convenient for everything. Tour Operator: First Choice
I love Skiathos - Tracey Boardman. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Skiathos is a fantastic place to go for a holiday and for those of you who just want to chill out and relax but also have a good mix of bars and restaurants in the evenings then it is perfect. Platanias is quite quiet and laid back with only a small selection of restaurants, but it is very easy to get the bus into the town and cheap too. The little cobbledy streets are lovely and there are little boutiques and gift shops to wander round. The harbour is beautiful too and has a cosmopolitan feel with an abundance of restaurants. I have been to Skiathos 4 times now and absolutely love it. I don't understand why people mention cats, wasps, tours etc as a negative thing - isn't that the same with every greek island??? Tour Operator: Olympic
Fabulous sandy beaches - Simon, Janine and Jack. Date of travel: Aug 2005
Koukounaries has a fabulous sandy beach but it does tend to get extremely crowded. It shelves safely into the water and is safe for kids. Apart from the beach which is the main attraction there is very little else to do here. There are a number of tavernas but with children found them limited. For anything more exiciting we needed to take the bus into Skiathos Town, 12 kilometres away. It really buzzed in the evening and there was plenty to see. Being at the end of the line it was easy to get on the bus as it got more and more full the closer to Skiathos Town it got. Tour Operator: Thomson
Jane Froud. Date of travel: Aug 2005
Fantastic - really had a lovely holiday. Our children made really good friends and loved the pool at Areti Studios. It was a really relaxing break. The apartments are really special with beautiful seaviews. Troulos has lots of tavernas all of good quality in our experience. Beaches are lovely with good sand (although very hot in August). People were extremely friendly and welcoming. Apartments spotlessly clean, pool likewise. Excellent holiday. Tour Operator: First Choice
Thin walls and pushy tour operators - Miss B Warren. Date of travel: Aug 2005
Walls of the Kolios self catering apartment we rented were thin and allowed no chance of a romantic or intimate holiday. These types of apartments seem to be legion. The accommodation is hard sets of single beds. A rep will wake you up 3 times in the week trying to punt various holidaymaker products, trips to Athens to view the stray animals or to take you places to try out more overpriced and burnt souvlaki. The first time you will be woken up will be under the supposed welcome meeting, which is for the biggest pitch of tour operator products. Stay in bed for that, you are supposed to be on holiday! Tour Operator: OLYMPIC TRAVEL / XCEL AIRWAYS
Archladies Bay - Hatty and John. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Archladies Bay is a peaceful resort 4.5 kilometres from the lively Skiathos Town. A lovely beach with a few local tavernas although most accommodation is up a steep hill as the beach is in a tranquil bay. Local and reliable bus service into the capital. Tour Operator: Thomsons
Mark and Tina. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Pathitiri on the island of Alonissos is how Greece used to be, uncommercialised, slow pace of life and very friendly. If you want a get away and chill out holiday destination this is the place for us. At the tavernas you are welcomed like part of the family.There are water taxi here to take you to the secluded coves. Tour Operator: Manos
Troulos - Tony and Julia. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Troulos in Skiathos has a magnificient beach although in July it was rather crowded. Safe bathing and beach bars. The resort itself has a number of tavernas of varying quality all OK except Zorbas Taverna where the food was not cooked properly and was disgusting. Only a few local shops so for any decent shopping you need to go to the capital Skiathos town which is wonderful to visit but we would not have wanted to have based our holiday there. If we return we would come a little earlier so it did coincide with any part of the school holidays. Tour Operator: Manos
Gill. Date of travel: Jun 2005
Skiathos is a small island with 63 beautiful beaches. Our 2006 trip to the island will be our 5th and we always stay in Koukounaries. The best hotel there is Muses. When we go to Skiathos Town we travel on the bus, and at €1.30 it is well worth the experience. You don't have to get taxi's everywhere as they can be expensive. We would recommend Skiathos to anyone.
Markos John Smith. Date of travel: May 2005
Skiathos is a small green paradise with 63 beaches. Skiathos has got peaceful places for relaxing holidays and there are bizzy places for crazy nights. The most bizzy places are Skiathos town and Koukounaries beach. the most peaceful areas are Achladies, Kanapitsa, Kolios area, Troulos, Agia Paraskevy. All these areas have got shops and are near to the beaches. You can find also good Greek tavernas, bars and very friendly people. Tour Operator: Olympic
 
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Green Meadow, Troulos | * * * * * |
Marias Apartments (Koukounaries) | * * * * * |
Paradise Hotel (Alonissos) | * * * * * |
Villa Rosa (Troulos) | * * * * * |
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Jimmy's Studios and Pool Bar | * * * * * |
Myrtia Apartments (Koukounaries) | * * * * * |
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Morfos Apartments ( Troulos ) | * * * * * |
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