Mini guide to Skiathos
Skiathos has become a very popular Aegean island to visit because of its superb
beaches. However, there are also many old buildings worth exploring, such as ancient
fortresses and monasteries.
The island's main town, Skiathos, is a lively city that was once defended by
the Bourtzi Fortress that looks over the harbour. Guided tours of the fortress
ruins are offered. Skiathos was the home of the prominent Greek writer Alexandros
Papadiamandis; the place where he lived is now open to the public as a museum,
displaying a history of the writer's work and a collection of his personal possessions.
A great way to go around the streets of Skiathos is by horse-drawn carriage.
Another famous fortress, Kastro (meaning 'castle') is located in one of the
island's most beautiful spots at the extreme north. Kastro was built to defend
the island from attack by the Turks in the 16th century - though the Turks were
successful in conquering the island for a period. Kastro was once the island's
capital, but much of the town has now collapsed into the sea. Nevertheless,
it is still worth a visit, as many old houses and churches still remain, the
walls of the latter often covered with delicate frescoes.
The main attraction of Skiathos is its beaches, of which there are about 60
on the island. The one at Koukounaries is thought by many to be one of the best
in the entire country. When you feel like a break from the beach, rent a car
and explore the island's interior, where you will find ancient monasteries such
as Moni Evangelistrias, which dates from the 18th century and has recently been
restored to its original grandeur.
Skiathos is easy to get to, with connections by air from Athens and by hydrofoil
from Piraeus. There is also a hydrofoil service to and from nearby islands.
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