Serving the island of Skiathos in Greece is Skiathos Island National Airport, or Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’. The airport has a 02/20 asphalt surface runway measuring 5,341 feet or 1,628 metres long, and can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. Moreover, Skiathos Island National Airport was created from reclaimed land from the sea between Skiathos and the smaller island of Lazareta, joining the islands into one.
Skiathos, Greece is located in the northwest Aegean Sea, and is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group, east of the Pelion peninsula in Magnesia on the mainland, and west of Skopelos Island.
What to see & do
Being an island, the most popular tourist destinations in Skiathos are its beaches. Skiathos has over 60, mostly sandy, beaches on its 44km coastline. Some of the known beaches here include Troulos, Vromolimnos, Koukounaries, Asselinos, Megali Ammos, and Mandraki. Aside from the beautiful beaches, Skiathos also boasts of a wooded landscape. The island is mostly wooded with Aleppo Pine. There is also a small Stone Pine forest at Koukounaries. Pine trees are scattered all throughout the island, but the forests are mostly located on the northern and southwestern parts. Historical sites are also aplenty in the island, where visitors can learn more about Skiathos’ history and culture. These include the Medieval and Byzantine Castle, the Byzantine Church of Christ, Holy Monastery of Evangelistria, Old Monastery of Panaghia Ekonistria, Old Monastery of Panaghia Kechria, Church of Panaghia Limnia, Church of Tris Ierarches, and the Papadiamantis House-Museum.
How to get around within Skiathos
Public buses operate throughout the island of Skiathos, with the main route running between Skiathos Bus Terminus (stop 0) and Koukounaries Beach (stop 26). The route services all the resorts along the south coast. The bus stops are numbered and also show the name of the place, so travellers wouldn’t miss their destination. While it is possible to bring your own car to the island, car and motor scooter rentals are also available. Roads on the southern part of Skiathos are made of asphalt, while roads in the interior are mostly dirt paths. Motorbikes and mopeds are more convenient than cars when travelling around the island, as these can reach more places than cars, which are more difficult to navigate on twisted narrow streets. Moreover, they are also cheaper to rent.
How to get there
Airlines at Skiathos Island National Airport operate seasonal and charter flights to and from various destinations in Europe. Airlines that land in the airport include Alitalia, Condor, Finnair, Neos, Niki, Olympic Air, Scandinavian Airlines, Sky Express, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, and Volotea. Skiathos Island is also accessible by boat, via ferry from Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Thessaloniki. Cruise ships dock at the Chora Port.
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