Possibly the most popular of the Sporades islands, Skiathos boasts more than 60 beautiful beaches and was the setting of the popular film, Mamma Mia. The island is relatively undeveloped away from the resort areas along the south and east coasts. Shady woods, olive groves and quiet beaches offer many places to relax. Some are only accessible by boat.
Skiathos Town's seafront has local tavernas, cafes and some excellent seafood restaurants that look over the lively marina. Tourists can take boat trips from the area and stop to swim in sparkling, blue-green waters. The island's combination of modern amenities, resort attractions and unspoiled natural wonders is deeply satisfying.
Koukounaries is the island's most famous beach. Its fine golden sand and crystal-clear waters lie before a thick pine forest. It attracts many visitors, especially during July and August, and offers all sorts of watersports facilities.
Aside from the stunning coastline, Skiathos' attractions include the ruins of a 12th-century Venetian fortress, and the deserted, medieval town of Kastro. It also has a number of monasteries, including the 17th-century Moni Evangelistria (the Monastery of Annunciation) and the Monastery of Agios Charalampos, where the local writer of short stories, Alexander Moraitidis, spent the remaining years of his life. Other interesting buildings include Bourtzi Fortress, and churches like Ayios Nikolaos and Trion Ierarchon.