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Skiathos is 43 nautical miles from Volos and has a population of 4,300.Its land mass is 48 sq. km with a coastline of 44 km.
This is a wonderful and beautiful island with many, many sandy beaches and forests. Unfortunately the island caters heavily to tourism and has lost any pretense of authenticity.
Many tourists from all over the world visit here. Spring or late September is probably the best time to visit and enjoy the island.
There are 62 stunning beaches and stunningly beautiful vistas everywhere away from the main roads and the frantic press of tourists. Skiathos has some of the best swimming in Greece. The island is unabashedly hedonistic.
The island buses stop with regularity at the beaches dotting the shoreline like jewels. Nearly all the beaches have a place offering lunch and many have windsurfing rental and various other watersport options. You should be able to find spots with umbrellas and beach beds. The last spot on the bus route, 12 km from Skiathos Town, is the legendary Koukounaries beach. This beach is rated the best beach in Greece. It's justly famous crescent bay of soft sand is fringed with pine trees that conceal several tavernas, hotels and campsites. Nearby Little Banana beach is the gay/nudist beach. Nostros Beach has the only sanctioned diving school in the Sporades.
Take a half-hour excursion boat to Tsougrias islet for fine sand and excellent swimming.
Walking paths form a network on the island and can lead to some fine discoveries. A walking path that begins just before the airport road leads 4 km to the island's last working monastery at Evangelistria. The monastery has a triple domed church and a garden courtyard.