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Skiathos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Skiathos has the best beaches in the Sporades including a couple which have often been cited as being the loveliest in the Mediterranean. There are more than 60 beaches to choose from, the most popular being the golden crescents of sand spread along the island's south coast.

During high season there's a continuous stream of cars, buses, scooters and pedestrians along the paved road linking Skiathos Town with famous Koukounaries beach in the south west corner of the island. The 14 kilometre road has several access points to various good south coast beaches but none can compare with stunning (albeit over crowded) Koukounaries, a 1200 metre curve of fine yellow sand backed by a lagoon and acres of pine forest.

The beach is worth at least one visit, even if you find the hordes of fellow holidaymakers oppressive, because the setting really is quite exceptional. There's a full range of watersports here including water ski ing, windsurfing and parasailing. Wooden walkways cross the sand to several beach bars serving drinks and snacks and sun beds and shades are available for hire, enabling you to while away the hours until the late evening when the last bus leaves for Skiathos Town.

For a spot of nude sunbathing or skinny dipping, check out trendy Krassa Beach, on the other side of the headland west of Koukounaries. The beach is better known as Banana Beach because of its curve of bright yellow sand. If you walk around the rocks at the far right end of the beach you'll come to Little Banana Beach which is also nudist and has sun beds, shades and jet skis for hire.

At the far south west tip of the island, Agia Eleni Beach provides the best windsurfing on the island. You can reach it via a scenic one kilometre walk from the main road.

Further north along the coast from Agia Eleni there's Mandraki Beach which is relatively tranquil as it can only be reached by caique or via a half hour walk through a forest of towering pines. The beach is also called Limoni Xerxes Cove after the Persian King Xerxes who brought 10 galleys to conquer the Hellenic fleet moored off the coast of Skiathos during the 4th century BC Persian War.

Peppered along the island's ruggedly beautiful north coast you'll find plenty of deserted coves, accessed only by boat or on foot if you're up for some fairly arduous hiking.

The most stunning north coast beach is lovely Lalaria, featured on many postcards and front covers of tourist brochures. Cliffs of perforated rock jut out to sea on either side of the cove which is lapped by startling aquamarine water, shimmering above a sea bed of white pebbles, marble and limestone.

You can book a boat trip round the island with a stop at Lalaria Beach and a visit to the nearby grottoes of Skotini, Glazia and Halkini. Skotini is the most spectacular of the three a 20 foot high cave reached via a narrow crevice just wide enough to allow a small caique through the cliff wall.