More Skiathos Beaches
Aselinos beach, on the west coast centre. Desperate tourists get a quick roasting during a brief stop-over on a round-the-island trip.
Aselinos is not a bad beach on the centre-west coast of Skiathos, walkable from Troulos in 40 minutes or 10 minutes by road, it houses a decent bar/restaurant and plenty of rather harsh sand but also can have a dangerous undertow when there are waves. It's another stop on the round-island ferry route which is not a good thing.
Skiathos Map | Greece Map
Elia (Elias, Ilias) beach, with a distant taverna roof just visible and home-made sun shades scattered around.
a desire to walk up to an hour or personal transport such as a scooters, the more isolated and laid-back beaches on the Skiathos west side
become accessible and offer long stretches of fine sand with
far fewer neighbours, or facilities though there's always a
taverna within staggering distance if you need one.
Elias and Mandraki on the southwest coast are the best choices
if isolation and perhaps even a mini-adventure getting there are your thing.
Home-made sun shelters on Elia beach.
island boasts of 65 beaches - though some of them are smaller
than my sofa - and the east and south coasts are packed with
beach freaks, but the west side is at least partially a DIY beach colony.
Mandraki beach is a bit more sorted and very relaxing, with an excellent taverna and shallow protected water but still has a rough approach road, seen on the right.
Vromolimnos is a Blue Flagged beach generally ranked #2 after Koukounaries for sand quality and size, with superb sunsets and varied water sports on offer. Water skiing is especially renowned here as the water surface usually goes glassy-smooth in the late summer afternoons.
One upside/downside depending on the likes of the visitor and the season is that one of the beach tavernas has a tradition of playing music extremely loud for much of the day. This may appeal to teens and twenties but unlikely to be enjoyed by other age groups or families. Then again the volume may be more controlled or entirely absent next season.
Troulos beach. Next, Skiathos town pictures.
Troulos is yet another fine, Blue Flag beach, though smaller than Vromolimnos or Koukounaries. It's family friendly with all the usual water sports, tavernas, snack bars nearby. What makes Troulos a bit different is the great selection of accommodation very nearby in the Troulos Valley, ranging from rental villas, apartments and studios to small family hotels or big resort hotels with swimming pools. Non-residents can generally use the pools for the price of a drink.
Walks: Several pleasant walks fan out from Troulos, such as a 40 minute hike to Mandraki beach or a flat 55 minutes to Aselinos.
Skiathos Map | Greece Map
Greece Pictures | Greece Beaches Guide | Greek Islands and Beaches Pictures