Skiathos packs a whopping 50 beaches into just seven by four miles, alongside everything you want from a Greek island.
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.
Food and drink
Skiathos has a wealth of foodie options that reflect its history. The influence of the Turks and the Italians can be felt in its tavernas, but traditional Greek fare is the main event.
Among the fast food joints in the old port you can find seafront tavernas selling barbecued fish and seafood straight from the sea. Find a good one and you fan feast on charred octopus and butter-covered prawns washed down with retsina.
The better tavernas are in the upper reaches of the Old Town, around the churches of Tris Ierarhes and Agia Triada.
Expect sizzling souvlaki, barbecued beef and traditional moussaka, appetisers of grilled feta, fava-bean dip, lamb kleftiko and taramasalata with pita bread.
Avoid the restaurants with over-keen touts trying to lure you in – guaranteed tourist traps.
The Venetian influence is evident, with a wealth of pizza and pasta places. If you get tired of skewered meat and mezze then you can find handmade tagliatelle, thin and crisp pizzas and risotto that mama would be proud of.
Cafes are fairly basic and sell strong filter coffee with a selection of sweet treats, usually pastries, cakes and ice cream.
Bakeries are better; try the spanakopita, a filo pastry pie stuffed with spinach and feta.