Skiathos lies in the middle of the north western Aegean, to the west of Skopelos, and is probably the most cosmopolitan and well-known of the three main Sporades islands. Like Skopelos and Alonissos, the island is covered in pine forests and olive groves which reach down to the sea shore and the many beautiful beaches to be found on this island.
Skiathos town is built on the slopes of two hills and has the traditional island architecture of a port town, with much of the original architecture being replaced by more modern buildings. The main street, Papadiamanti, leads up from the port gates to the top of the town and is full of tourist shops, bars and restaurants, with the small peninsula of Bourtzi separating the commercial harbour from the old port with its line of café bars and tavernas.
Today, the main economy of the island is reliant on tourism with some islanders working with such products as oil, grapes, cereals, fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, the main occupation of the past years – shipbuilding – has now disappeared and the famous “skaria” are now a thing of the past although there is a small shipyard still operating close to the port.
Skiathos has its own airport accepting flights from many European destinations as well as the UK and visitors to Skopelos and Alonissos can take a car ferry, catamaran or hydrofoil for their onward journey. The island, has good public transport with a regular bus service between the port and Koukonaries, calling at all the beaches on the way.