Why choose a cruise to Skiathos Town?
A cluster of red-topped houses speckle a forested cliff that rises from the clear waters of the Aegean. Whitewashed alleyways are crammed with interesting antique shops and art galleries. A wide waterfront promenade offers amazing sunset views – you’ll be captivated with Skiathos from the get-go.
A Skiathos Town cruise is all about the beaches. The turquoise waters surrounding the island are often compared to the Caribbean, with bays of fine sand fringed by pine trees. Due to the island’s small size, the beaches are easily accessible from Skiathos Town.
A guide to Skiathos Town’s hotspots
Spend time getting to know Skiathos Town, wandering the quaint cobbled alleys of the old town, and the main pedestrianised street, Papadiamantis. There are some great shopping and dining opportunities here, including the Blue House Art Gallery, which sells ceramics, handicrafts and other vintage pieces. Enjoy wandering the waterfront at sunset, which is lined with delicious seafood restaurants.
Wander down to Bourtzi, a tiny forested peninsula attached to the harbour by a causeway. A castle was built here 800 years ago, and now the remains of the battlement encircle a sun-dappled recreation area. In the summer, you can enjoy an open-air concert at the cultural centre, and there’s also an al fresco restaurant where you can enjoy local delicacies.
Take a trip to the nearby town of Kastro, once the historic capital of the island and now an atmospheric clifftop ruin of crumbling churches and walls. You can reach Kastro by boat or by road and then walking down a clifftop trail. Kastro also boasts a pristine, secluded beach, so you can cool off in the ocean after exploring.
Talking of beaches, Skiathos has them in abundance. Each has their own distinctive character. Koukounaries Beach is a long stretch of golden sand, lapped by clear waters. It’s a popular spot with watersports on offer and ocean-facing bars. Lalaria Beach, on the north of the island, is a stunning pebbled beach with impossibly blue waters, accessible by boat.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Skiathos Town
The best time to visit Skiathos Town
Since a Skiathos Town cruise is all about the beaches, the best time to visit is in summer. In July and August the temperature averages 26°C, often rising to 29°C – perfect weather for a beach holiday.
However, if you want to enjoy some hiking and sightseeing and would prefer a less crowded time of year, we recommend the months of May and September. With highs of 23°C in May, and 26°C in September, chances are you’ll be able to sunbathe on the beach, too.
Did you know?
- The pebbles on Lalaria Beach are actually miniature fossils
- Scenes from Mamma Mia!, the ABBA-themed film, were filmed in Skiathos
- Skiathos has six Blue Flag beaches