Skiathos is the island of entertainment; everything is made for the pleasure and the enjoyment of the visitor.
In the middle of the Aegean sea, facing the enchanting slopes of Mt. Pelion on the mainland, lies the island of Skiathos. Luxuriant and idyllic Skiathos, famed for its golden beaches and clear blue waters and noted for its beautiful green hills. Skiathos is lively, picturesque and fun for all ages. A great place to get away from it all, relax and have a fabulous time, a vacation you will always remember.
In 1207 the Gyzi brothers captured the island and built the Bourtzi, a small Venetian-styled fortress similar to the Bourtzi in Nafplio, on an islet just out of Skiathos town, to protect the capital from the pirates. But the Bourtzi was ineffective in protecting the population and in the middle 14th century the inhabitants moved the capital from the ancient site that lay where modern Skiathos town is to Kastro (the Greek word for castle), located on a high rock, overlooking a steep cliff above the sea at the northernmost part of the island. Kastro remained the only settlement of the island until the end of the Greek War of Independence, when the island's capital was relocated to the original site - where it still remains. Bourtzi was a school through the 1980's which was converted to its current state as a museum and cafe.
The open-air Cinema Paradiso on Papadiamanti street shows recent hollywood movies and offers a nice ambiance with little chairs, a garden and a little snack bar. Most of the entertainment on Papadiamanti street, Polytechniou street, Evangelistra street and boarding the side of the port, extend on many kilometes. This is where all the shops are located for souvenirs or a new outfit. Along the way there are small restaurants and bars.
Skiathos town is a port which shelters small boats and from where ferry services connect to Skopelos, Volos, Agios Konstantinos and the rest of Greece. You can also board a boat which will take you around the island and to all the best beaches.
Papadiamantis was born on the island of Skiathos, in the western part of the Aegean Sea.It is the house in which Alexandros Papadiamantis, one of the most important Greek authors of the past century was born, lived and died. It was built in 1850 -1860 by father Adamantios, the author's grandfather. The ground floor was used for storage and the first floor for habitation. The first floor is preserved as the house of Alexandros Papadiamantis with its original furniture and objects of the time, whereas the ground floor is functioning as an exhibition room of different traditional objects of Skiathos. In 1954 the building was bought by the State and since then it belongs to Skiathos Municipality. In 1965 it was characterized as a preserved monument by the Ministry of Culture.
BARS & CLUBS
Very modern and trendy bars are succeeding one another on a climbing street on the left side of the harbor with electronic and international pop music.A very relaxing atmosphere with candles, colorful lights, sofas and cushions lying right on the stone paved street.
There is also a new strip of trendy clubs on the east side of the harbor down the road from the bus terminal. The themes of each club are influenced by places all over the world.