Skiathos

Skiathos packs a whopping 50 beaches into just seven by four miles, alongside everything you want from a Greek island.

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Surrounded by the sparkling Aegean Sea, it is the smallest of the inhabited Sporades, boasting an historic harbour town, fantastic seafood and natural beauty.

Arriving at Skiathos International Airport

From London City Airport you’ll touch down directly on Skiathos at the Alexandros Papadiamantis airport, named for a 19th-century Greek writer who was born here and set much of his work on the island.

The beachfront airport has a famously short and narrow runway, and coming in to land over the Aegean is a novel experience – bag a window seat if you can. The airport is a couple of miles north of the island’s capital, Skiathos Town, and there is no public transport that serves it.

Taxis are easily available and good value though, setting you back around €12 to Skiathos Town, a quaint and beautiful harbour town with a sweeping cobbled seafront, with traditional whitewashed, red-tiled buildings.

If you don’t mind braving uneven footpaths — and you don’t have much luggage — you could actually walk from the airport to Skiathos Town easily.

Alternatively, make your way from the airport to nearby Xanemos Beach, where you’ll find the nearest bus stop.

Festivals and events

Katsonia Festival

Taking place on 6 September annually, the Katsonia Feast honours the Katsonis submarine and its crew, sunk during World War II off Skiathos. Festivities involve a huge public feast, a religious mass, the throwing of wreaths into the Aegean Sea and a ceremonial sinking of a small boat.

Agios Georgios

On 23 April the island celebrates the feast of St George with horse races, a feast and traditional dancing.

Bourtzi Festival

The old fortress hosts various cultural events, including theatre, exhibitions and concerts, throughout the year.