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Skiathos island news and views

Skiathos is one of the Sporades group of island off the east coast of mainland Greece. Skiathos is a very compact island but boasts many large, deep, sandy beaches strung along its south coastline. Skiathos is a very popular holiday island with Brits, Germans and Scandinavians. The closely packed beaches, sandy and safe, make Skiathos great for family holidays.

skiathos airport landing
Skiathos airport upgrade

Visitors flying in and out of the holiday island of Skiathos may find the experience a little less taxing now that work is well under way on extending the island's notoriously short runway.

skiathos airport landing
Skiathos holiday upset

Ken and Dorothy Marlow from Sunderland, were all set to enjoy the delights of this island having spent weeks planning their perfect getaway. Little did they know that their luxury bungalow was full.

Skiathos Palace Hotel
Skiathos award

The beach holiday hotel Skiathos Palace, in Koukounaries Skiathos, has picked up a top international award for its green credentials. The 550-bed hotel which overlooks one of the world's best known holiday beaches at Koukounaries . . .

lalaria beach skiathos
Skiathos beach fine warning

It's probably the best-known beach on the Greek holiday island of Skiathos but picking up a white pebble to take home as a souvenir of Lalaria could trigger a hefty fine.

Holiday plane landing at Skiathos
Skiathos runway

Flying into the Greek holiday island of Skiathos may herald the start of your Greek island holiday is definitely not for the faint of heart. Pilots bank around to hit Skiathos island runway from the south and passengers on the right . . .

Lalaria Beach on Skiathos
Skiathos beach win

UK holidaymakers have voted for their ten best beaches in the Greek Islands in a poll carried out by travel website Tripadvisor. Skiathos came top of the poll in the Travellers' Choice 2012 Beach Destinations awards for the top ten beach . . .

Mermaid and fisherman
Artist Themis Tsironis

Many years ago I used to visit the island of Skiathos quite regularly and came across postcards of paintings by a Greek folk artist called Themis Tsironis.