| Skiathos town
The town of Skiathos is the only settlement in the island. In Chora, as the locals call it, beats the island’s heart.
Here is the port of Skiathos and all the shops. The capital was built in 1830, in the place of the old town.
The town is built according to the traditional island style, with influence of Pelios’ architecture. Small white house with tiled roofs, balconies and small yards with multi-coloured flowers create the feature of Skiathos.
As you walk around the town, you will discover the unique beauties of this island. Traditional pictures, graphic, romantic, idyllic. All together create the special feature of Skiathos. A town that knows how to win the hearts of all visitors.
The streets of Chora are full of people during summer period. Papadiamantis’ Str is the central road with all the shops gathered. All along it and in the streets around, you will find tourist shops, where you can buy souvenirs and remember your holidays in this green Aegean Island. There you will see the house of Alexander Papadiamantis. It now operates as a museum with furniture and personal items of our great penman.
If you leave the crowded narrow paths and head to the port, you will see the small peninsula of Bourtzi, which separates into two the port of Skiathos. The trade port and the old one, where fish boats anchor. Right on the peninsula with pines you will see the remains of the Venetian castle built by Gyzi brothers in 1207. Castro was also named Kastelo of Saint Georgios due to the small church inside. The castle was ruined in 1660 by Morozini admiral. Today only part of its walls are saved, while in the peninsula is located the old primary school, built in 1906 by Andreas Sygros. Nowadays it operates as Cultural Center and hosts cultural events. Right in front of Bourtzi entrance is Papadiamantis’ bust.
While touring around Chora you will see many remarkable churches. Really impressive is the church of Three Hierarchies, the metropolitan church of Skiathos. Here is saved the thaumaturge icon of Panagia Iconistra or Kounistra. Really impressive is the chancel screen.
In Epano Gitonia is located the church of Panagia Limnia, built in 1838 dedicated to the birth of Theotokos. It was named after Evia’s Lake, as fugitives that came to the island built it. Inside it, is saved the head of Al. Papadiamantis.
In one of the hilltops is built the church of Saint Nikolaos with the famous clock.
Close to the port, in Tsiferi, you will see the last careenage, which builds, services and repairs small boats.
Near the town you will find small and extended beaches, cosmopolitan, ideal for water sports and swimming. The options are many. All of them have a golden shore and crystal clear waters. Swim in Bourtzi, Plakes, Kohili and Megali Ammos.
If you want to make a tour around the island, go to the old port and take a boat that will take you to Tsoukria island and to the famous Lalaria.
The island has big tourist development. Hotel units and complexes of rooms to let satisfy all demands. Prices are affordable for every wallet.
When night spread its vales Skiathos changes totally. Music is heard all around the town, calling people to discover the small bars and entertain along with the locals.
Walking around the coastal road you will find yourselves in front of a completely different scenery. Along the coast line you will see all the big clubs, where Greeks and foreigners have fun until the next morning.
But apart from clubbing you will have the chance to attend important cultural events held in the island all year around. Concerts, theatrical plays, cinema movies and nights with traditional dances and songs, are some of the proposals for a special night out.