Europe,  Greece

Skiathos Island: Ultimate Beach Guide 🌊

Skiathos is a small but beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea, part of the Northern Sporades group of islands. For such a small island it has some gorgeous beaches and in the 4 days that me and my two cousins were there, we managed to hit 4 different beaches! We went to 4 of the main beaches: Vomolimnos, Agia Eleni, Koukounaries and Lalaria. Keep reading for more info and photos of these stunning beaches!

Vromolimnos Beach

Now this one made us laugh when we first heard it’s name because “vromo” means ‘stinky’ in greek and ‘limno’ means port, so it’s basically called ‘Stinkyport Beach’ πŸ˜‚. I am happy to report though that Vromolimno beach did not stink, unlike it’s name!

This was actually the very first place we visited upon arriving. We arrived in Skiathos at around 6:30am and since check in wasn’t until 2pm and we hadn’t really slept we decided the beach was the perfect spot to relax at!

How to get there:

There is a bus that runs from the town center (where we were staying) along the coast of the island up until Koukounaries which is an area north of the island. We used this bus to get to most of the beaches we visited. Depending how far you’re going the ticket costs between €1-€2, bargain! Vromolimnos was the 13th stop from town and once you get off it’s a bit of a walk to get from the road down to the beach, no more than 10 minutes, but it’s worth it!

Vibe and Amenities

Vromolimnos had a very chilled and relaxing vibe, it wasn’t too busy which was great. Although it did cost €10 for a sunbed 😬 no thank you! We found a spot on the sand and lay on our towels (which cost €8 but at least we get to keep them) Tip: remember to pack towels!

The water was crystal clear, the sand soft and white, there were mountains in the distance…. honestly couldn’t have asked for a better spot to relax after travelling and to pass the time till our check in!

There was a beach cafe/bar there that served drinks and we all needed a frappe to wake us up! (By frappe I don’t mean what you get at Starbucks that’s more sugar than coffee πŸ˜… a frappe is a type of ice cold coffee, made by frothing up water and instant coffee then adding ice, water and milk. It’s what all Greeks/Cypriots drink during the hot summer months or even all year round! You can read more about them here: What is a Greek Frappe?) So definitely try a frappe if you’re visiting Greece! I will say though I wasn’t thrilled that they were charging €4 for a frappe, a bit steep considering in Cyprus you can get one for €2.50 but hey they do work hard in the heat and they were the only cafe there.

There are also watersports available here a bit further down, we just wanted to sunbathe and relax but it’s good to know we had the option! There’s also a small pier on the other end of the beach that’s perfect for a photo opportunity πŸ˜‰.

Werk that leg

Verdict

Vromolimnos beach is a small, relatively quiet beach, with a chilled, young vibe perfect for spending the day sleeping/sunbathing/walking along the beach!

This was not comfy

You can watch my travel vlog of our first day in Skiathos and see what Vromolimno beach is like! While you’re there, you may as well subscribe you know πŸ˜‰

Travel vlog of our first day in Skiathos, at Vromolimno beach!

Agia Eleni Beach

Agia Eleni beach is located on the west side of the island, which means that it’s a great spot to watch the sunset πŸŒ…. Our hotel host also told us it’s worth watching the sunset there! Now I’d read online that there are some beach bars there, so we decided to go in the late afternoon, we dressed up to go to a bar. However everyone there was in swimwear and it wasn’t so much a bar, so much as a few chairs and tables set up under some trees. Needless to say we felt quite overdressed πŸ˜….

How to get there

Again we took the bus from town. Agia Eleni is further out, bus stop 23, the second to last one, and it took about 20 minutes to get there. Also there’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the bus stop.

Vibe and Amenities

Agia Eleni seemed less busier than the rest of the beaches however we did go a lot later, many people were leaving as it was sunset. There were also a lot of families and people sleeping/relaxing with a book. It did seem a lot quieter. The bar/cafe was nice too, slightly raised up from the beach it was a great spot to watch the sunset while enjoying a beer or cocktail 🍺🍹.

That golden hour light ✨

There were also lots of colourful sun beds, umbrellas and massive bean bags on the beach which looked super comfy. We kind of wished we’d come earlier in our beachwear, but hey there’s always next time πŸ˜‰.

Unfortunately though, about halfway through what probably would have been a gorgeous sunset, a big cloud came and blocked the sun 😩. Also the cafe/bar was closing (around 7) so we decided to down our drinks and head back to the town for dinner.

Why cloud, whyyyy

Verdict

Lovely quiet beach, perfect for watching the sun set! Spend the afternoon there (in your beachwear!) swimming and catch the sunset before heading back!

You can watch more videos of the sunset at Agia Eleni Beach here!

Koukounaries Beach

Koukounaries beach is close to Agia Eleni. The area itself is called Koukounaries, which means pine trees as the area is full of pine trees that line the edge of the beach 🌳.

How to get there

You guessed it, the bus! It’s the last stop so you don’t have to worry about missing it. The bus goes from Skiathos Town – Koukounaries and back. Also even if you’re not staying in town, but instead in a hotel or resort on the beach you can still grab the bus as it passes all the hotel strips! And not much walking, the last bus stop is right by the beach!

Vibe and Amenities

Koukounaries beach is a much bigger beach than the previous ones we visited. It’s wider and seemed a bit busier but not too crowded. There are also quite a few cafes and restaurants along the beach where you can get a drink or a bite to eat. We sat on the sand in front of a cafe that was playing some relaxing pop music which was nice 🎢.

The sea itself was crystal clear, some of the clearest waters I’ve been in! And so many fishies! They weren’t scared either, they just swarmed around you, but don’t worry they didn’t bite! 🐠🐟🐑

Spot the fishies!

There were also public toilets and changing rooms there, they weren’t the cleanest but better than nothing!

That water πŸ’¦

We spent most of our last day there, sunbathing, swimming and reading. It was a lovely way to relax before leaving.

In case you’re wondering, I was ready Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, great book 10/10 would recommend!

Verdict

Perfect beach for a full morning-evening beach day. With there being toilets, places to sit and eat it’s great if you want to spend the whole day! Also great for underwater photography with all the fishies in the crystal clear water!

Lalaria Beach

Now I may have saved the best till last… Lalaria was the most unique beach we visited, set right underneath a cliff side and lined with hundreds of white pebbles. In fact that’s where it gets it’s name from! ‘Lalaro’ is a Greek (possibly ancient Greek) word for pebble. Despite being fluent in Greek, this was news to us because in Cyprus (where we have a slightly different dialect from Greece) we use the word ‘lalaro’ as a slang word meaning the heat of the sun β˜€οΈ which I guess still makes sense as a name for a beach! Aside from it’s unique beauty, I think my favourite thing about Lalaria beach, it that it’s secluded.

How to get there

This is one beach you can’t get to by bus! It’s on the north side of the island and only accessible by boat. If you go to the old port in town there will be many boats offering tours. We did an all day Mamma Mia tour in Skopelos but our last stop was at Lalaria Beach.

Vibe and Amenities

I’ll start by saying that there aren’t really any amenities, no cafes or watersports here! It’s set right under a mountain on the side of the island that isn’t really built up, and I’m guessing, not really inhabited. But, that’s what makes it even more special.

The bright blue waters, the unique rock formations on the sea line and the pebbles stretching out as far as you can see, that’s all there is. There’s something beautiful about enjoying a place you can tell hasn’t been touched or ruined by being built on. Just enjoying what beautiful places exist in nature!

We only had one hour here but we made the most of it! It was late afternoon so after a while the sun disappeared behind the mountain side. Also I’m not sure if it’s always like this or it was just that day but it was super windy and the waves were massive. I thought I’d seen big waves but these were waves that knock you off your feet and tumble you about!

Verdict

If you only visit one beach on Skiathos, visit Lalaria beach! Honestly one of the most unique beaches I’ve visited, it’s worth a boat trip!

Well that’s it for my Skiathos beach guide! Hope you enjoyed reading! If you did, please share on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest! Also make sure you’re following me on social media to keep up with new posts! Until next time, enjoy 😘.

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