Skiathos is definitely a tourist island! About 9 Km by 5Km, rising to 433m, it’s of modest proportions, but its proximity to the mainland, plentiful water, international airport and highly rated beaches have led to considerable, some would say excessive, development over the last few decades. A winter population of about 5000 rises to…who knows, in the summer, and large air-conditioned coaches, rare on Skopelos and unknown on Alonnisos are very much in evidence here.
If you’re an island walker though, all is not doom and gloom and Skiathos, like all islands, has its hidden treasures and uncovering them is what Walking the Islands…is all about!
Away from the “World Heritage holiday beaches” you’ll find:
- rolling hills, river valleys, and woods, studded with springs, small villages, chapels and the occasional monastery
- a well made road network
- a charming green farmed hinterland but with scattered villas far and wide
- views across the sea in all directions, especially to the much higher land on Pilion and Evia
- unrivalled views of Skopelos with Alonnisos behind and the chain of uninhabited distant islets