108km (58 nautical miles) from Ayios Konstandinos, which is 166km (103 miles) from Athens
Skiathos, which remained isolated and agrarian until the early 1970s, is today one of Greece's most cosmopolitan islands, a rapid change that has left a few disturbing ripples in its wake. This has become a "package tour" island, and during high season, Skiathos town, also known as Hora, can feel like a shopping mall. Although the island's inhabitants are eager to please, in high season they are often overextended and rely on imported help; many of these workers come from Athens and don't seem to care much about providing local flavor. Meanwhile, the sheer numbers of foreigners means that some show little concern for the island's indigenous character.
Yet Skiathos town does have its attractions, and at its best seems fairly sophisticated, with the handsome Bourtzi fortress on its harbor, some elegant shops, excellent restaurants, and a flashy nightlife. For a memorable experience, take...more local info