One of Skiathos’ few non-sandy beaches.
The Sporades islands: North of Athens
*Koukounaries and *Banana beaches, Skiathos (not for people with Pine allergies!)
One of the busier Greek islands, packed with British sun seekers and a fair number of yachties, Skiathos handles it well, hiding a lot of hotels and villas under a cover of pine trees and managing to retain charm in its old town, especially when the sun goes down and the warren of little streets get their kit out.
Skiathos claims to have 65 beaches tho’ many are smaller than my sofa. Koukounaries is one of the best (the longest as well) on the island, with pine reserve backdrop, (unusually) fine yellow sand, clear, water and three tavernas.
It is half mile long and offers various watersports. Accessible by bus from Skiathos Town (7miles).
Banana Beach (also known as Krassas), next to Koukounaries, also has fine golden sand backed by pine woods, but is smaller and has more character and ‘cool’, with a couple of tavernas – one particularly hip.
Little Banana (aka Spartacus), next door, is a popular nudist spot.
Lalaria is a small, tranquil beach on the north-east coast only accessible by sea. It has smooth pebbles, and a stylish sea-formed rocky arch. There are no facilities there and excursion boats fill the place up pretty fast. Boats there go from the Old Port in Skiathos Town.
On the north coast Elias and Mandraki are quite isolated, accessible by a dirt road only, big strands of fine sand, scenic surrounds and unrefined tavernas. There are no watersports and it can get breezy. Nudists welcome!