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Skiathos wins top beaches poll

- by Jeremy Guest

Skiathos wins poll of top ten Greek Island beaches.

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 destinations in Greece. The Greek holiday island of Skiathos may be small but it boasts around 60 beaches.

The wide sandy bay at Koukounaries was voted the best beach on Skiathos for its great swimming, watersports and lively tavernas while others given a mention by UK holiday visitors were Lalaria, Little Banana, Vromolimnos and Nostos.

Mykonos ranked second in the poll with the south coast beaches getting top marks for their beach party atmosphere, watersports and stylish nightlife with the quieter beaches at Panormos and Elia having special appeal.

Third in the vote was Corfu, a perennial UK favourite, with busy beaches in the east and more sedate ones in the west featuring strongly in the poll. Corfu beaches at Paleokastritsa, Sidari and Arillas are picked out on the Tripadvisor website.

Other Greek islands featuring in the top ten list were Rhodes, where holiday beaches at Lindos, Faliraki and Pefkos are highlighted. In Lindos there are a trio of beaches to choose from, two quieter beaches Pallas and St Pauls's Bay and the main Lindos beach at Megali Paralia.

Faliraki has a world famous reputation as a beach party hotspot but it is quieter now than it used to be and the long stretch of sand is now a big favourite with families. The beach resort at Pefkos is described as 'serene, perfect for families with young children'.

Two beaches on Zante also feature in the top ten Greek Island beach list. Kalamaki gets praise for the dark golden beaches, the variety of restaurants, and the friendliness of the locals while Tsilivi picks up votes for a 'mashup of awe-inspiring history and contemporary holiday culture'.

And finally a couple of beaches on Crete make it to the top ten. Malia is praised for its wild nightlife and music scene, while the laid-back beach resort of Stalis is popular with UK travellers.