Glittering emerald waters glistens in the scorching midday sun, casting its translucent reflection upon the terracotta topped whitewashed houses that tumble down the hillside. The beguiling beauty of this island idyll has allured prominent celebrities over the years with its sophisticated shopping and effervescent nightlife. As the setting for one of Hollywood’s most popular musical blockbusters, Skiathos attracts thousands of tourist who flock to revel upon its white sands; cultural connoisseurs will be perfectly satisfied with the historical landmarks and atmospheric ruins of the Old Town.
In order to get an authentic insight into the somnolent culture of this idyllic town, wasder the cobbled streets and narrow alleys of the Old Town. Here, the whitewashed facades of traditional houses neighbour traditional taverns from which the enticing scents of slow roasted lamb and rich rosemary emanate.
Upon the island’s highest point resides an atmospheric scattering of ruins that used to be the island’s most prosperous town. The abandoned town of Kastro was destroyed by pirates in the 14th century, however the ruins still exist for tourists to explore; ascend the steep cliff face in order to wander amidst old residences and silent stones and enjoy the eerie and abandoned atmosphere.
Reigning resplendent at a vertiginous vantage point above the Old Point is the critically acclaimed and immensely popular Lo and La, an Italian inspired eatery whose signature specialities have established a truly fantastic reputation. Signature specialities include tuna Carpaccio and mushroom and truffle risotto , dishes perfectly accompanied by a glass of crisp and chilled prosecco. (Moraitidou 12, Skiathos, Greece)