Here's an overview of the 16-page 'Skiathos and the Islands', Part 2 of our 32-page 'Villa Guest Guide', sent free and with section 3, ' Greek - and Menus, Wines and Spirits' ... to everyone who books a villa on "www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com"
... and click here for for more Skiathos Photos, then click ⇐ (left arrow) to return to this page.
Shops, Services, and Beaches - are all within 10-25 mins drive (bar a few coves needing boat hire)
You maybe saw Skiathos village and harbour with the "arrival of the fathers” in "Mamma Mia" (and the wedding in Agios Ioannis church on nearby Skopelos Island). Skiathos has shops, tavernas, and services, and literally dozens of sandy beaches, all within 10-15 mins or so drive of most villas.
Our favourite eight beaches and twenty-four tavernas are all in Part 2 of the "Guest Guide", with plenty of ideas to discover more of your own.
Most villas are relatively 'on top of' the beaches (all sandy) and within 15 mins drive. Some, like secluded 'Elias' Beach (top left), are then a short walk through the woods.
The dozen or so main beaches have one or more tavernas and bars, and water-sports such as water skiing; parascending; inflatable rings and tube 'rockets' towed by speed-boats; dinghy sailing; canoes or pedalos; windsurfing; SCUBA diving.
For walks and horse-riding, there’s plenty of pine-forest cover with woodland paths and tracks, wild flowers, and a couple of streamlets running all summer from high-level springs. Skiathos rarely suffers the extreme heat of Crete, Rhodes and Cyprus, or the often continuous meltemi winds that can blast the Cyclades islands and Crete... and most beaches are sandy, not the limestone shingle the holiday brochures don't tell you are the feature of so many other islands!
Quaint Skiathos village has a paved traffic-free main street and back lanes, a taverna-lined old port, a huge choice of shopping and eating out, and all services - banks/ATMs, garages, hairdressing, and health, travel, post, tourist etc.
To find these, see the ‘Sky/3D’ maps (free in shops that don't sell maps! - and provided in most villas), or ‘UsefulTel Nos’ in the 'Guest Guide’ part 2, in particular for Pharmacies, Doctors and Dentists, and Travel.
Getting Around - our timings all assume you have a hire car (we suggest our pal Nicos*, who knows us well goes the extra mile for guests - contact below).
But if you prefer to spend most of the time at your villa, there are reliable radio-taxis or the bus, water-taxis to the beaches and village, and ferries for local island or mainland excursions.
* Victoria Rentals : Tels: 0030 24270 23666, 0030 24270 23308; Email: email@example.com; website: www.victoriarental.com;he will need your flight no. and arrival time before he sends you a booking confirmation ref. no. (payment and paperwork on arrival at the airport - don't forget your licence!)