Whether it’s your walking boots you’ve packed, or your flippers, you’re bound to find something you love, in the most beautiful surroundings of this gorgeous Greek island. Plus, when that warming Mediterranean sunshine is beaming down, enjoying some fresh air outside is even more rewarding!
Here are just some of our favourite ways to get active in Skiathos...
The wonderful walking trails
Get those steps up in style as you make your way around the island’s most picturesque routes. Depending on your ability, you can stroll, hike or even run your way around. Early summer and late summer (April to May and September to October) are the most popular time for walkers in Skiathos, as the weather’s a little bit cooler than in the peak summer months.
This relatively untouched landscape is a treasure trove of hidden gems, and en route, you could spot all sorts! Think ancient ruins, intricate monasteries, old churches and chapels, and mini waterfalls to name just a few. So, keep that camera handy and capture all the best views!
- Comfy shoes or trainers
- Sun lotion
- Bottle of water
Want to make things even easier? Download the handy Skiathos Trails app before you go!
In this free app, you’ll find 15 different walking routes which span a total of 100km across the island. There’s no need for an old-school map! These include 185 interesting stops and landmarks that you can spot along the way, as well as a route specifically designed for walkers with reduced mobility.
They’re all labelled so you know what to expect when you choose that route. Some of our favourites include: The Roads of the Castle, The Olive Trees Trail and Belief and Antiquities.
Water sports on the golden beaches
With 60 beaches on the island, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a sandy spot to suit you. The beaches along the southern coast are pretty protected from the strong winds, so prove most popular for water sports. Many of the beaches feature a water sports centre or vendor that’s right on the shore. And there’s usually no need to book – you can just turn up on the day and have a go at whatever you fancy!
There’s a huge range of activities on offer from thrilling jet-skiing, banana boat rides and wakeboarding, to the more relaxing such as swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Some also have pedalos for hire if you fancy putting those legs to the test!
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The crystalline, calm water here is perfect for swimming, and you can just imagine all the kinds of colourful fish you might spot under the surface. Grab your snorkel and jump in!
Megali Ammos Beach
Ready to dazzle with its Blue Flag status, this central beach, close to Skiathos Town, wraps around a beautiful bay. It’s quite a narrow stretch but is very long, so you’ll have plenty of space. There’s a handful of friendly tavernas that back the shore too, so cooling drinks are just steps away!
This is one of the largest and most popular beaches on the island. It’s mainly sheltered but there is a calm breeze to keep you cool. One of the main diving centres is based here too, so it’s the ideal place to give scuba diving or snorkelling a try. You might even spot some ducks and swans that call this place home!
Then, it’s time to relax...
When you’ve used up all your energy, Skiathos is the best place to unwind. Kick back and put your feet up as you sip a cocktail or ice-cold beer. Sounds dreamy, right?
Posted: 25th Oct 2023.