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Skiathos, the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is a true paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal clear azure waters. Despite the rapid growth of tourism in recent decades, the island is still picturesque, unspoiled and blessed with more than 60 beautifully clean beaches. The most famous is Koukounariés, which has been declared the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. When you add in its bustling nightlife, it is only natural that the island attracts thousands of young visitors every year.


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The town of Skiathos – a modern seaside resort with exceptional tourist infrastructure – is the only settlement on the island. Located at the southeastern tip of the island on a leeward bay that divides the island of Bourtzi into two, the town is relatively new, having been built around 1829 on the site of the ancient town. Its trademark has always been its natural port that regulates life in the town. Today it functions mainly as a refuge for pleasure boats, a fact that lends the island a strongly cosmopolitan nature. Walking through the town, the visitor is delighted by the tiled sidewalks, stark white houses with tile roofs, the picturesque harbour that protects four verdant islets and beautiful Bourtzi.
The most important sights in the town are the house of 19-century author Alexandros Papadiamantis, who was born and lived here, and Bourtzi, the little green islet with the ruins of a Venetian fortress. Today, Bourtzi is a beautiful pine-clad place for relaxation, with a splendid view of the sea.
Around the mid-14th century, owing to constant pirate raids, the island’s inhabitants were obliged to abandon the ancient town and to establish a new town on Kastro, a peninsula on the north side of the island, which was a natural fortress. Kastro is today a wonderful site with wild natural beauty.
The island is adorned with more than 60 outstanding beaches. The Koukounaries beach on the southwest edge of the island, also known by the name “Golden Sand”, is considered the third best beach in the Mediterranean. In addition to its pristine blue waters, the beach is famous for the pinecone forest that almost reaches the sea, as well as for the Strophylia lagoon located in the forest.
Lovers of nature and hiking can choose among 25 different paths with a total length of 197 km, with routes ranging between 1 and 6 hours, and can discover the island’s virgin natural environment, idyllic spots that offer a superb panoramic view of the island, as well as others for resting and/or picnics. The route that goes through Aselinos, Moni Kounistras, Mikros Aselinos beach, Alygaries beach and Kechria beach is one of the most impressive on the island, whereas on the route through Agia Eleni, Kryfi Ammos and Madraki , Elia and Angistro, one discovers exceptional beaches.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation