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.
Skiathos Town has a reputation as a party destination for good reason. It might be small and quaint, but the music is turned up loud and the dancing goes on into the small hours, with revellers spilling out onto cobbled streets.
The best bars can be found overlooking the old port and out beyond the yacht marina, and most beaches come with daytime bars. Expect a cocktail to cost around €10 (relatively pricey for the island).
The soundtrack is mostly house and cheesy pop. Expect clubs with outside areas, giant cushions and strobe lighting.
One of the best-known establishments is Rock n Roll bar, which plays appropriately indie tunes and attracts a slightly older crowd.
For anyone not into the clubs and bars there is the Attikon outdoor cinema near the Papadiamantis House Museum. Screenings run from June to September. You can also enjoy jazz, funk and blues at Kentavros bar, also on Papadiamantis Square.