The Best Beaches in Skiathos

Best Beaches in Skiathos

Skiathos is famous for its gorgeous beaches. From fully-organized beaches with taverns, restaurants and watersport equipment to off-the-beaten-path secluded beaches, the island has something for everyone.

Kanapitsa Beach is a family-friendly option offering calm blue waters and golden sand. Multiple taverns are located nearby serving up delectable dishes. It is also close to Troulonisi, a scenic islet.

Kalamaki Beach

A beautiful sandy beach with excellent swimming conditions, Koukounaries is located in the southwest part of Skiathos. One of the most famous beaches on the island, it is a popular spot among families and teeming with sunbeds, watersports, bars, restaurants and supermarkets to meet all your holiday needs.

Mandraki is a small beach located close to Koukounaries and perfect for those that want a quiet relaxing day on the island. Despite being close to Koukounaries it is not overcrowded and has a great selection of sunbeds for rent as well as a bar and taverna.

Vasilias is another of the hidden gems on Skiathos and is a gorgeous beach with crystal clear blue waters surrounded by lush pine trees. This beach is not too big and fills up fast so come early in the morning if you’re planning on coming here. It’s also one of the most affordable beaches on the island.

Tzaneria Beach

With craggy cliffs and dramatic scenery surrounding it, this beautiful beach will have you feeling like Tom Hanks in Castaway. It’s one of the most remote beaches in Skiathos, but that also means it rarely gets crowded. This sand/shale beach offers something for everyone, whether you’re traveling with kids, friends, or as a couple.

Situated on the wilder northern part of the island, it takes a short woodland walk to get to this beach, but the reward is a calm bay with spectacular clear waters. Its sand is fine and golden, and there’s a taverna to enjoy a snack and cocktails.

Also known as Banana Beach, it’s actually two beaches – Big and Little Banana – separated by a low rocky headland. The bigger beach is a long crescent of fine sand packed with umbrellas and day beds, and the smaller beach has a quieter atmosphere. It’s a good place to snorkel on calm weather days.

Ligaries Beach

Often regarded as one of the best beaches in Skiathos, Koukounaries Beach is characterised by fine powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. With a rustic tavern and plenty of basic services, it’s an idyllic spot to relax and unwind.

It’s also one of the most popular beaches in the area so it does get pretty crowded during peak season. To avoid the crowds it’s recommended to visit in the early morning.

Located on the northern tip of Skiathos, Ligaries Beach is a tranquil spot that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The sand is fine and golden, ideal for building sandcastles with the kids. It’s backed by lush greenery and overlooks Skopelos, Cape Kanapitsa and the uninhabited island of Tsougria. It’s also home to a tavern where you can enjoy some fresh calamari and prawns with a refreshing drink. During the summer months it’s also possible to take part in some beach sports.

Troulos Bay

The namesake beach of Troulos resort town is a gorgeous stretch of coastline that’s ideal for families with kids. A rocky backdrop and shallow waters make this one of the safest beaches on Skiathos. It’s also well-organised with sun beds and umbrellas as well as a range of cafes and tavernas on the beach and within walking distance.

Located on the west coast of the island this is a surprisingly undeveloped sandy beach with taverna and sun loungers to rent. The fact that it’s hard to reach means this is a quiet beach away from the usual crowds on the island.