Why holiday on Skiathos?
This is the most popular of Greece’s Sporades islands, even if it just 12 kms long and about 6kms wide.
It’s a cheap holiday destination close to the Greek mainland so requires only a short flight or ferry ride, it’s well-developed but not over-developed, with plenty of good value rental apartments and hotels, packed with excellent beaches (65) of all shapes and sizes but mainly coated with foot-friendly sand; the best sand is found in the island’s southerly half. Skiathos is much favoured by British sun seekers so locals are comfortable speaking English.
Big and busy, Koukounaries has clear reasons why it’s one of the island’s best beaches and arguably one of the best beaches in Greece.
It’s at the end of a bus route, it’s long, the sand is unusually soft, the water’s warm, shallow and Blue Flag clean and a good variety of watersports are on offer. There are several tavernas around, kiosks for drinks, snacks and cigarettes, hotels too within easy walking distance and the whole caboodle is embraced by a pine forest that offers a cool retreat in the middle of the day (photo below).
Koukounaries backs onto a pine forest reserve which offers shade, alternative activities or quiet time, but note that allergy sufferers may have problems with pine pollen in Skiatos and some other Greek islands.