Alexandros Papadiamandis Museum
The two-story island house where the great Greek literary artist was born, lived and died has been converted into a museum since 1994, overseeing the famous central street of Alexandros Papadiamantis. Decorated in its original form, the house contains many of Papadiamantis’s furniture and personal items, as well as a wealth of unpublished manuscripts and photographs of the author.
A cinematic scene awe-inspiring for the inevitable erosion of time, the ruined castle town of Skiathos, once the capital of the island, counted more than 300 houses at its peak, and 30 churches, 3 of which survive today. Stroll among them and feel as if you were in a story of Papadiamantis (often placing his action within these stone walls), having walked a wonderful 700-meter-long hiking route from Chora – the castle landscape, and the breathtaking view of the Aegean will make it up for you.
Daily cruises to Sporades
An ideal base for day cruises to neighbouring Sporades, Skiathos offers daily boat cruises to Skopelos and Alonissos. The former is extremely picturesque, and if you prefer it for a one-night stay, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous beaches of “Mamma Mia!”, while the less crowded Alonissos hosts the magnificent National Marine Park, a natural reserve of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus).
Agia Eleni beach offers perhaps the most beautiful sunset on the island, the Big Banana attracts the youthful with its strong beach bars, the Small Banana attracts the nudists and the atmosphere becomes even more private in Ambelakia. Koukounaries are famous for the dense pine forest that reaches the sea water, Troulos, Platanias and Agia Paraskevi are sandy and organized beaches and the quiet Kolios offers alternative charm. Vromolimnos is still on the island’s must-visit list, while the more family-friendly are Kanapitsa, Sklithri, Vassilias and Megali Ammos near the city. Photogenic and regularly featured in the EOT promotional videos over the years are the Lalaria, with the characteristic rock dipped in turquoise waters with white pebbles, but only accessible by sea.
The Sporades cosmopolitan may not have enough time to showcase local products, but boasts a thriving gastronomic scene, with recognizable restaurant brands and prominent Greek chefs bringing fresh air to the island’s multi-ethnic tables, and a variety of magnificent taverns which serve fresh ingredients on dishes inspired by the whole Aegean heritage and emphasize on fresh fish, seafood and local meats.
Useful phone numbers
Port Authorities: 2427022017
Radio Taxi: 2427021460