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Skiathos Town

When planning a trip to Skiathos many people opt for the beach resort hotels, they have their benefits certainly if your plan is to soak up the sun all day. In the evening however many of the out of town hotel areas are limited in what can be found nearby, certainly there are many good restaurants and bars but for shear choice you really need to head into Skiathos Town.
By many standards the town isn't that large, it however the only town on the island. The surrounding villages, are not really villages, more a collection of hotels circumscribing a nearby bay, restaurants and bars are readily available along the waterside of both the new and old ports of Skiathos Town, many more are to be found only a few steps in from the port, in the cobbled winding streets of the old town area.
Skiathos town is the main port for both commercial, and private, boats and ferries, most if not all of the boat trips, ferries and island tours leave from the port side.
There is easy access to the main bus terminal, taxi's and the airport as well as multiple car and bike hire facilities.
So in this case Skiathos is maybe one destination where staying in the Capital is possibly a better option.
There is of course a limitation to what is available at many of the Towns hotels, don't expect large infinity edge swimming pools, or vast verandas given over to a deluge of sun loungers, some of the




Skiathos Town

Paraliakos road, along the new port is the bus terminal, sitting alongside the junior school, it is difficult to spot, at first glance it looks like all other bus stops, but looking a little closer, it is numbered zero. All three of the bus routes on the island start here. Following Paraliakos road onwards across the reclaimed land between the two original islands, you will find another selection of restaurants and bars that are well worth a visit.
When you visit the town you will notice that the 'new harbour' and 'old harbour' are separated by a small peninsula. The peninsula which itself is accessed by a small bridge near the statue of the unknown sailor, is known as the Bourtzi ( meaning tower or fortress ), in the case of Skiathos the Bourtzi was a fort. Built 1207 it originally had two towers, and was bordered by two large walls. As you enter the Bourtzi you will see a bust of the famous poet, Alexandros Papadiamantis, positioned near the entrance of the old school, and a few steps away the bust of the writer Alexandros Moraitidis. The battlements were destroyed in 1660, and the Bourtzi is now used as the cultural center of the island, the Bourtzi, has an open air theater at the rear seating about 200, municipal cafe, a gallery, conference room, and civil wedding room. Ruins of the walls remain, as well as what is considered to be the remains of the Church of St. George and the fortresses water tank.


Skiathos Town

hotels in the town do offer a more compact version of the above, but in any case the furthest beach is only a 20 minute bus ride away.
The town itself has one main tourist shopping street, 'Papadiamantis street', here you will find almost everything you could be looking for, from clothing and footwear to jewellery









and gifts the shops are intermingled with small restaurants and coffee shops . The 'pedestrianised' street is not that long and contrary to what should happen, tends to have a substantial amount of