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Friday, October 15, 2010

Skiathos Hotels and Resorts

Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos, Greece.Image via WikipediaSkiathos isn't as well know as Mykonos or Santorini, but with lovely beaches, hot nightlife, and cute coastal villages, it has a lot going for it. First developed in the 1970s, it's turned into a popular vacation spot for Europeans looking for some fun in the sun.
By M Ottersen
The main town on the island is also named Skiathos, and it has a pretty waterfront that's jammed packed with shops, cafes, and bars. From most of them, you can watch the boats bobbing in the brilliant blue sea.
You can reach Skiathos by plane from Athens, ferry, or hydrofoil from Piraeus. In summer, there's also service from Avios Konstandinos and Volos, but that's a very busy time of year.

From a 13th-century fortress to poet Alexandros Papadiamantis's home, there's more to see here than on many Greek Islands. Two historic monasteries and an old castle round out the sightseeing. And the natural beauty is breathtaking.

Most of the island is covered with pine and orange groves, and more than sixty white-sand beaches compete for travelers' attention. Banana, Koukounaries, and Vromolimnos are some of the most beautiful in Greece, and sunbed, umbrella, and water sports rentals are available at several.

The waters surrounding Skiathos are heaven for sailors, and the island's sea caves are worth taking a boat to see.

Most Skiathos hotels make the most of the stunning scenery with ocean-view terraces and restaurants.

The Atrium Hotel revolves around a swimming pool and terrace that look out over Agia Paraskevi Bay. The dramatic architecture utilizes natural materials such as wood and stone, and all 75 rooms have a terrace or balcony. You can rent equipment for enjoying the water, work out in the fitness center, or enjoy the beautiful restaurants and incredible views.

Aegean Suites, one of the Small Luxury Hotels, is next to Magali Ammos Beach, a short distance from Skiathos town. With private patios or teak decks, Jacuzzis with views of the sea, and mini bars, the suites here are some of the nicest on the island. The four buildings housing the rooms are surrounded by olive groves, and in addition to two restaurants, there's also a Champagne bar.

The Kassandra Bay is a five star hotel overlooking Vasilias Bay. There are three outdoor pools, a sandy beach on the property, and a good fitness center. Surrounded by olive groves and gardens, the property has earned several environmental awards, so it's a green choice too.

If you want to stay in town so you can walk to shops and restaurants, the Bourtzi Hotel is a good choice. Many of the 38 rooms have private terraces or balconies, and all have a personal safe, small refrigerator, and air conditioning. The outdoor swimming pool and bar are popular.

Find more Skiathos hotels. Or find Piraeus hotels.

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