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Trip Report Beautiful Island - beautiful beaches

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No wonder they call it Boomerang Island; people keep on returning. We have been there twice so are relative beginners. It is not easy to pinpoint why it takes such a grip on people but it is probably to do with the following:
1. Great beaches – there are 66 beaches on Skiathos making it the island with most beaches in Greece. They are superb with many having a great taverna attached;
2. Its friendliness – it is difficult not to get in conversation and make friend with people - locals and tourists alike;
3. Great transport system. The regular bus service runs all day and into the early hours. There are also many water taxis and boat trips. A ferry connects the island with nearby Skopeolos and the mainland Pelion area.
The main town Skiathos Town has a great harbour with excellent tavernas lining the front. Then there is the old town with its maze of streets and everywhere you turn there is a great looking restaurant. We only ever ate a below average meal in all of our stay.
There are many Greek traditional restaurants on the island and we left wanting to return to try some more.
We stayed at Achladies beach at the wonderful Filokalia Apartments. Our apartment had a nice big terrace which took the sun from dawn until dusk. Achladies is connected to the main town by Water Taxi for a romantic 10 minute trip. This costs 5 euros per couple. The bus runs every 15 minutes from Achladies and costs 1.40 euros each, and takes about 15 minutes to the main town.
About 20 minutes away by bus is the famous Koukounaries beach and nearby Mandraki beach. This is the one we favour – the water is very shallow but deep enough to swim in, and warms up very quickly. Everywhere on the island the two beach beds and umbrella cost 8 euros. Although Mandraki beach has its own taverna, we ate one time at Captain Michaels. This was following a tip from some friendly people on the neighbouring sunbeds. Captain Michael is an eccentric ex sea captain whose family has always been on Skiathos. He has built his restaurant out of sea flotsam and bits of old boat. He is crude, funny, and full of stories. He cooked food in an old clay oven and served us delicious sea bream with a most tasty Greek salad. The restaurant isn’t cheap and he is not to everyone’s taste but is a good example of the idiosyncracy to expect here.
For 15 euros each you can get a full day cruising around the island, calling at some sandy beaches and which even visits the mainland and a lovely beach with three excellent tavernas. Great value for money.
We have come away vowing to return for two weeks but even this will not be long enough.

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