First timer to Skiathos, arriving next Tues, 14 th July with my wife. Have been to many Greek Islands but will be first time in Skiathos, after years on the wish list.
Staying at La Luna. Not read too much here but TA reviews look good and views from the balcony over the bay look idyllic - perfect for a pre-dinner beer.
Have already consumed much useful info on this site, but a couple of little questions.
Firstly, one of my favourite Greek past times is a coastal stroll through pines and olives. Any routes that match this description? Have read that Troulos to Kouk is walkable - but is the only route along the road?
Will probably head to town for 2 dinners max. Looks like there are a lot of choices. Any unmissable eateries? And any with harbour views? There's something undeniably satisfying about eating a nice piece of fish with a glass of wine whilst watching the sea ripple and boats bob up and down....
Best place for a Kleftiko (my favourite of all the wonderful Greek dishes)?
One final question - rough prices of a beer and carafe of the local wine?
Hi svejk, welcome to the forum. I am sure you will enjoy your first visit to Skiathos.
For a great coastal walk in the pines and olive groves:
Try Kouk to Mandraki Beach through the pine forest. Or walk along the dirt track/road on the north coast of the island, anywhere between Aghia Eleni and Kechria Beaches, there are plenty of pines on that side of the island. Another nice walk through olive groves is from Bus Stop 15 (Kolios) inland along the track past Infinity Blue Taverna and Diamond Apartments, it goes on for a mile or more and you can make your way back into Aghia Paraskevi along the small road. My suggestion is to keep away from walking along the main road as much as possible. It is a little busy with mad drivers.
Try and get to Olive Thea Taverna (was called Oliveland), high up in the hills above Achladies (signposted from the main road). The views from here are spectacular, you can see Skiathos Town, Skopelos, the mainland and an expanse of sea all before you and the food is great too. This is my favorite taverna on the island.
There are plenty of tavernas around the old harbour, but beware prices are a little steeper in town and they are much busier.
Many tavernas will have Kleftico on the menu, not had a bad one yet.
I have not been to Skiathos for a couple of years (Not a nice experience), but I believe prices for a beer are about €2.50-€3.00, maybe slightly higher in town. A carafe is probably €3-€5.
Thanks so much for that, all excellent info. Olive Thea looks perfect - exactly my kind of place. Quick question on that though - is it possible to get a taxi to/from the restaurant (I'm presuming as it's high up in the hills it's not walkable or on the bus route!), or is it a 4X4 accessible only place? Still not sure if we will be hiring a vehicle or not at the moment...
Kouk to Mandraki also looks like an excellent walk - absolutely perfect. Just a quick question - how long does it take roughly? We're early 30s and reasonably fit, but just so I know! And I'm guessing if you walk to Mandraki, the only way back is walking the way you came (after a spot of lunch at the taverna that appears to be on the map, I guess!)?
Yes, a taxi will take you up to Olive Thea. It is up a very steep concrete road that turns into a dirt track, so not really a walkable route from the main road if your going for dinner and the buses only use the main road. It is also a good idea to book a table as it quite popular!
Kouk to Mandraki is about 1-1.5 mile walk. You don't have to walk back through the pine forest, you can take the road/track near Mandraki around the headland past Krifi Amos (hidden) Beach & Aghia Eleni beach back to Kouk and that would be a couple of miles or so.