Skiathos Yacht Charter, Greece
The ancient Greek of Skiathos has been transformed into a bustling contemporary holiday location and a fantastic place to cruise to on a Greece luxury yacht charter. The island is best experienced by water, where you have your plush accommodation, top quality entertainment and sumptuous meals with you for every leg of the journey as you cruise from the scenic towns to uninhabited isles.
This Mediterranean superyacht charter holiday destination is a haven for sun worshippers in the summer months, and Skiathos is considered by many to hold the distinction of having the best beaches in all of Greece: Amongst the 65 beaches on the island are some of the most secluded in the region, where motor yachts and sailing yachts of all sizes can sunbathe and party in privacy, even at the busiest times of the summer yacht charter season.
Skiathos Town is the main port of call for bars clubs and a nightlife away from the beaches, however there are plenty of landmarks across the island to draw culture lovers and the artists and photographers in your group. With such an emphasis on sand and sunshine, there is also a strong selection of water toys available at the most popular beaches to complement your own collection on board, and diving and snorkelling sites are myriad for swimmers of all ability levels.
Five quick reasons to visit Skiathos
Fantastic beaches, Wide variety of water sports on offer, Tranquil surroundings, Unique local landmarks, Active nightlife
More about this part of Greece
The Sporades Islands are located within the Aegean Sea north of Athens and are a quieter charter grounds than the popular Cyclades, just a short cruise to the south. Although the Sporades are still a favourite tourist destination in Greece, there is an emphasis on nature tourism and the nightlife is mostly concentrated in Skiathos Town and beach clubs at the most popular sites. The northern beaches tend to be quieter and once you've had enough of the parties you can simply sail away to a quiet anchorage to awaken to the sounds of nature.
Nearby, Skopelos, Alonissos and Peristera have plenty more stunning beaches with a shipwreck and national marine park to explore. The islands provide excellent Scuba diving and snorkelling sites with crystal clear lagoons and interesting caves, while inland there are hiking trails that will take visitors through scented pine forests, up hills and along coastal tracks to showcase the very best that the island has to offer.
Skiathos yacht Charter Experiences
Skiathos Town is the largest settlement on Skiathos and has features and a character that is typical of old Greek towns, including neo-classical designs, seaside forts such as Venetian Bourtzi or Il Kastro to the north and atmospheric monasteries. Aside from the typical whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways of the old town, sailors and other yacht charter enthusiasts should include in their day itinerary the local churches in the Island, and these include the Madonna the Limnia and the Three Hierarchs. A walk around Skiathos Town will also take you to Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower and the Maritime & Culture Tradition Museum to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Owing to the number of beaches - 65 in all - on the Island of Skiathos, most of the major events in this popular yacht charter destination happen along its shores. The majority of the fun activities and events take place in the preferred beach locations such as the Banana Beach and those at Platanias, Megali Ammos, Achladies, Vromolimnos and Koukounaries.
What makes Skiathos unique is that there are no 'villages' on the island, only small settlements that are concentrated along the coast which have sprung up in response to the booming tourism on the island. Each of these settlements has accommodation, food venues, cafes, bars, boutiques and local shops whose opening hours may be season dependent, therefore affecting how many tourists are in the area. This being said, there are plenty of beaches accessible only by water, giving you excellent options for a quiet charter with family and friends hidden by high cliffs and verdant forests.
As soon as the sun sets the towns and beaches of Skiathos turn into vibrant and effervescent night spots, comprised of several bars, cafes clubs catering to different musical tastes and providing an ambiance from high energy to low key. Food and wine tours can also be organised for the afternoons or evenings to ensure that you taste the true flavours of the Sporades during your stay.
Skiathos offers the perfect balance between nightlife and nature for superyacht charters in Greece. For those looking to spend their days kayaking, paddleboarding, taking thrilling high-speed rides on the towable toys and jet skis, exploring under the waves or just enjoying some well deserved rest, there are few luxury yacht charter destinations this perfect.
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate
July and August are the hottest months with temperatures averaging 26°C/79°F and coinciding with the driest months of June through to August. The lowest temperatures sit around 10°C/50°F from December through to February, when the chance of rainfall is also at its highest. June to October is also an excellent time to go for warm sea temperatures above 22°C/72°F, making swimming in the sea comfortable for beginner Scuba divers and snorkelers.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter
Beachwear is an absolute must for Skiathos, and visitors should take an additional layer to cover up once you've had enough sun. For the towns, smart-casual attire is typical with the glamour factor increased after dark for drinks and meals in the bars and restaurants.
Outside of the summer season, visitors should take additional warm layers and a waterproof layer, particularly for autumn and winter when the weather becomes more blustery.
Main Ports and Marinas
Skiathos Port (Skiathos), Evaggelos Marina (Skopelos), Klima Port (Skopelos), Agnontas Port (Skopelos), Skopelos Port (Skopelos)
Famous Restaurants & Clubs
Anderssons Bar (Skiathos Town), Tesla Bar (Skiathos Town), The Old Port House Bar (Skiathos Town), Amfiliki restaurant (Skiathos Town), Ergon restaurant (Skiathos Town), The Windmill Restaurant (Skiathos Town), Marmita (Skiathos Town), Elia's Restaurant (Koukounaries)
A Must See Attraction
Bourtzi Fortress, The Madonna the Limnia, The Three Hierarchs, Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower, Maritime & Culture Tradition Museum, Il Kastro
Best beaches to visit on your yacht
Stigero Beach, Tsougrias Beach, Koukounaries Beach, Lalaria Beach, Aselinos Beach, Mandraki Beach
Local Yacht Events
Aegean Rally, Aegean Regatta
Best time to go
Skiathos experiences its best weather from April through to October, and because the hot dry days are cooled by coastal breezes the tourist season on the island starts as early as spring. July and August are the peak months, when the attractions and tourism services will be working at their peak. However, those looking for a quieter cruising experience will find the shoulder seasons an excellent time to visit
Further Charter Information
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Full Greece Yacht Charter Guide: Go here for the essential Greece yacht charter guide.
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