The capital town of Skiathos has excellent tourist facilities. The town is relatively new. It is generally
assumed to have been built around 1829-30 on the same site as an older town. The town’s most important landmark
is its natural harbour, which has determined the destiny of the town for centuries. Today it is a popular yacht
and sailing boat haven that adds a cosmopolitan flair to the island. A stroll around the town’s paved streets
reveals cute white houses with red tiled roofs and colourful gardens. The picturesque harbour surrounded by four
small islets is a sight not to be forgotten.
Don’t pass up the chance to visit Bourtzi, a small peninsula with lush vegetation where the ruins of a Venetian
fortress still stand. The fortress was established in 1207 by the Gizi brothers but it was destroyed in 1660
when Admiral Morozini conquered the island. Today it is one of the most romantic spots on Skiathos thanks to its
densely planted pine trees and stunning views of the archipelago.
Apart from Bourtzi don’t miss the opportunity to visit the former house and now museum of the famous author
Alexandros Papadiamantis (who is commemorated every year with special celebrations on 3-4 January and on the 4th
of March) who was born and raised on the island. There is also the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary
with its four museums and Kastro (meaning castle), a natural fortress that was used by the inhabitants in the
14th century as a refugee against pirate raids. Today Kástro attracts many visitors thanks to its breathtaking