When talking about the history
of Skiathos, one can go on endlessly. In order for this short presentation not
to become boring, we will list in bullet layout the important dates and events
up to date, in the history of Skiathos
Dating as far back as the 7th century
B.C, Skiathos first inhabitants were called “Pelasgoi”, from the region of
478 B.C Skiathos island becomes member of the
first Athenian Coalition
404 B.C Skiathos passes under the rule of Sparta
378 B.C Skiathos becomes member of the second
Athenian Coalition-during this time Skiathos has its own coin currency
338 B.C Skiathos passes under the rule of
1204 Skiathos is “donated” to the Venetian Gizi
brothers by the “Fragous”
1453 Byzantine empire ruling of Skiathos ends
1538 the Turks conquered the island after 7 days
of siege; they caused a lot of deaths.
1821 Greek revolution against the Turkish slavery
1823 Turks try to retake Skiathos with 200
soldiers (after already being defeated), but Greeks with Karatasos, Gatsos and
Perevos as leaders win and offer Skiathos her final, lasting independence.
1829 Skiathos returns to its normal life and
great progress took place in the coming years. Only delay in the progress of
Skiathos was the second world war time period when the Germans burned the
THE MONASTERY OF "PANAGIA KOUNISTRA"
The monastery is located approximately 15 km from Skiathos town. Getting
to the monastery is easy, since the road is paved and makes arrival at the
monastery's door easy.
THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLLY ANNUNCIATION OF VIRGIN MARY
The monastery is approximately 4 km from the town of Skiathos, in the Agalianous
THE OLD CITY OF SKIATHOS (Kastro)
Built on a large rock (like a fortress), in the north side of the island,
approximately 15-17 km from the town of Skiathos. Access is available by
sea with the daily excursion boats, or by car (we suggest you use a jeep or an
off road motorbike).
The famous novel writer was born in Skiathos on March 4, 1851 and died on
January 2,1911. In the first years of his career he worked as a translator in newspapers and
magazines. At the same time, he began writing novels that made him
famous. Simultaneously, he started publishing novels like " The
Immigrant, The Tradesmen of Nations and the Gipsy Children".
Papadiamantis is the cultural and historical highlight and glory of our
island. His home is now a museum located in teh main street of
Skiathos town, near the port of Skiathos and his statue in the Bourtzi
entrance has engraved his philosophical say: "coming soon"
Skiathos is the first island of the Sporades
Islands complex, approximately 4 n.m from the coasts of Pelion
(Katigiorgi-Platanias). The distance from Volos port is approximately 38n.m and
the trip duration by boat is approximately 2.30hrs by ferry boat and 1.30 hrs by
fast boat (hydrofoil). Please note that daily ferry boats/flying dolphin
service is available from Agios Kostandinos port.
Getting to Skiathos from Athens, via Agios
Kostandinos is easy; daily bus service combined with ferry boat or hydrofoil
from Agios Kostandinos is available year around. For more details on how to
come to Skiathos please visit the relative “Travel to Skiathos” section of this
Given that Skiathos is best know as the
“Emerald of the Aegean”, visitors get “their money’s worth” by just glancing on
the amazing scenery Skiathos offers, while approaching the port of Skiathos by
sea. 69 golden beaches covering approximately 45 kilometres, limitless land
covered with green plantation and pine trees and many historical monuments
dating back to the 1800 make a scenery worth visiting and enjoying, on an island
that has so many attractions and beauties to offer, while covering only
approximately 45 square kilometres of area. Also it is worth noting that
Skiathos has approximately five thousand local inhabitants.
Skiathos economy had been based on farming and
agriculture for many decades (since the ancient years) with olives being the
main agricultural product. Many people became writers, novelists and poets with
Alexandros Papadiamandis and Alexandros Moraitidis being the most famous.
Through their novels, both Alexandros Papadiamandis and Alexandros Moraitidis
praised the local religious and cultural traditions. In turn, locals of
Skiathos, known for their religious beliefs followed all traditions religious
and cultural providing “food to the soul/spirit”.
On the south side of Skiathos island, visitors
can choose between many fully “organized” beaches, all of which offer an array
of water sports and restaurants, giving a send of ultimate luxury, while on the
north side of Skiathos, visitors can get a “wild feeling” of solidarity ideal
for relaxation; both cases offer superb escape opportunities from the daily city
For our friends that like hiking and walking,
Skiathos offers numerous walkways through small rivers and around the mountains,
many of which can lead you to old chapels and monasteries that date back to the
Wondering throughout the town of Skiathos lets
the visitor enjoy the cosmopolitan sense that the numerous restaurants, shops
and night clubs offer. Continuing their walks through the traditional stone
paved small streets (Kalderimia), visitors can see much of the traditional
island style of building with many stone built homes with nice gardens. It is
worth visiting the most traditional neighbourhood of Skiathos Plakes, and do not
forget to visit the home of Alexandros Papadiamandis, along the main street of
Skiathos, near the waterfront.
In closing, we would like to assure all guests
that Skiathos is a great and safe place to be, as police and all medical
authorities of the island strive to offer a great environment for your vacation.
We thank you for choosing the island of
Skiathos for your vacation and promise that when leaving from our island you
will have the bet summer vacation memories to cherish.
SPORTS IN SKIATHOS
In all organized beaches you can enjoy all major sea sports like water ski, Jet
Ski, Water Tubes, Parachuting and windsurfing (in some beaches).
DIVING IN SKIATHOS
Dolphin Diving Center is a certified diving school in Skiathos that offers
lessons for diving certification. Also diving with Dolphin Diving Center is
available for holders of diving diplomas. Located in Tzaneria bay.
SKIATHOS TENNIS CLUB
Skiathos Tennis Club, is located in Skiathos town with 4 modern tennis courts
and a pool. The club is ideal fro tennis events.
Tel: 24270 24054.
Skiathos Riding Center is located in Koukounaries, just off the main road.
The school has modern equipment and promises to offer unforgettable riding times
in the highest mountain points of Skiathos and paths (walk ways) that no one has
Tel: 24270 49548
Olympic Air offers daily flight service from Athens during
the summer season and twice a week during the winter months. The
flight duration to the Skiathos International Airport from Athens lasts 35
minutes and from the airport to the port of Skiathos the distance is 3km,
where one can go by taxi. From May till October, Skiathos is also
connected with multiple charter flights every week (approx. 70), arriving
from various international destinations.
WITH FLYING DOLPHINS-FLYING CAT
Daily service from Agios Kostandinos to Skiathos, with bus connection from
Kanigos Square, in Athens. Trip duration is approximately 1.20
hrs-1.45hrs. Flying Dolphins connection is also available with
multiple departures from Volos-trip duration is approximately the same.
From Thessaloniki, daily service is available. Approximate trip
duration is 3.5hrs.
Daily service from Agios Kostandinos during the summer season with bus
connection from Kanigos Square, in Athens. Trip duration is
approximately 3 hrs. From Volos year around daily service is available
and approximate trip duration is 2.30hrs For more
information and ticketing please visit
TRANSPORTATION IN SKIATHOS
The public bus system offers multiple departures from the town of Skiathos
to most major beaches of Skiathos as well as the historical monastery of The Wholly Annunciation of Virgin Mary. In addition, a large fleet
of taxis is available to take you to any point throughout the island of
Skiathos. Getting to any of the 69 golden beaches of Skiathos is also
made available by using the small traditional excursion vessels that depart
daily from the old port of Skiathos. Last but not least, in
Skiathos there are many car rental and motorbike rental agencies that
offer for "off road island discovery".
CULTURAL & SPORTS EVENTS AND FESTIVITIES IN SKIATHOS
The Municipality of Skiathos has set a tradition in organizing various
festivities and events such as tennis tournaments, Book shows, Violin Days,
Conferences and more.