Greek Islands on a Budget: Beach Bars, White Sand and Relaxing in Skiathos
White sand beaches, turquoise water, sun and relaxation were what we had in mind as we landed on one of the shortest runways we’ve ever seen! “Welcome to the Island of Skiathos!” the pilot announced after our very short but safe landing.
Full of excitement we walked out of the small airport into the beautiful beating sun and entered our resort into Google Maps. A 20-minute walk to our accommodation sounded like a breeze. As we usually do to save a quick penny we made the decision to walk and skip the taxi fare. Unfortunately a lost Google map, steep winding dirt tracks, dead snakes and a 20kg suitcase had us quickly reverting back to the airport taxi rank.
Once checked in to our resort we were ready to see what Skiathos had to offer. After talking to some locals, we made the decision to hire a 4WD car, as some of the more secluded beaches were not accessible by public transport. We were also staying at Vigles Sea View Resort, which is up quite a big hill that we weren’t keen to walk each day! If you are staying in town and are not keen on driving the blind winding roads the local bus services depart frequently. There are bus stops near most beaches on the island.
Cruising into town in our new Jimny we immediately fell in love with the charming town of Skiathos. The picturesque village is filled with twisting cobblestone alleys, traditional blue and white coloured buildings, lush greenery and endless traditional Greek tavernas ready to tantalise the tastebuds. Not to mention the €6 cocktails from 6pm-9pm every night in most restaurants and bars in town. This island definitely offers a stunning authentic Greek holiday with a much more affordable price tag than some of the more touristy islands in Greece.The island of Skiathos definitely offers a stunning authentic Greek holiday with a much more affordable price tag than some of the more touristy islands in Greece. Click To Tweet
Skiathos has over 50 impressive beaches with various appeals for everyone. Our favourite was called Agia Paraskevi. We could sit at the beach bar with our feet in the sand drinking Pina Coladas and local beer overlooking golden sands and clear shallow water.
Our other standouts included Agia Eleni, the perfect spot for lying in a beanbag and watching the sunset. Koukanaries surrounded by pine forest and olive trees; this beach is the largest and most popular in Skiathos offering various water sports. Little Banana Beach is the only official nudist beach on the island, with a beautiful but quite expensive beach bar. If you do hire a car, be sure not to miss Cape Elis. The bumpy dirt roads and sharp corners are well worth the views!
Once you’ve explored all of Skiathos I highly recommend a day boat tour to the nearby islands. There are many to chose from all docked in the port each evening. The closest island is Skopelos, most famous for the set of the Mamma Mia movie. We went with a company called Perfect Sailing. They packaged a day trip, snacks, a big lunch and bottomless beer and wine for only €75! We were taken to the most beautiful locations and beaches around Skiathos and Skopelos. Perfect Sailing gave us a memorable day swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on a 50-foot yacht! We couldn’t recommend them enough; 5 star service from the minute we stepped on the boat right until the end.
Skiathos was a holiday destination we will never forget! If you want to experience the beauty of Greece on a budget or simply relax and escape the tourists, look no further than the stunning island of Skiathos.