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The tiny Greek island of Skiathos may be only seven miles long and four miles wide but it packs into this space a delightfully wooded interior and a coast that boasts as many as 50 of the Aegean’s most beautiful beaches.
With a cheap flight to Skiathos you could be soaking up the sun in no time at all.
As sun-starved visitors for the UK seek their summer warmth the prices for flights and hotel rooms can soar from late-May through to early-September. That said, the weather is idyllic during this time – but you’ll need to book very early indeed to find anything like a bargain airfare.
The shoulder months of spring and autumn are when you’ll still enjoy the sun you seek and be able to find cheaper flights to Skiathos. Try searching for departures in April to May or September to late October to enjoy Skiathos without the crowds.
The weather in Skiathos rarely gets very cold, although from late November onwards temperatures will be significantly cooler and the chances of rain significantly higher. If it’s not the sun that you solely seek the months between November and March can often contain some very low-priced flights to Skiathos indeed. However, as many UK flights are operated seasonally, you may find that you need to take a connecting flight via Athens during the winter.
With such a small and popular destination, you need to be looking to book flights at least four months in advance to grab a bargain. However, there are other ways you can track down a cheaper air fare for your trip to this beautiful Aegean island.
With Expedia you can quickly check the prices available from other UK departure points by clicking ‘Nearby airports’. We’ll show you if you can make savings by flying from another airport that’s convenient for you.
If you are flying from London we recommend using ‘All London airports’ when you search for your flight to Skiathos. This will allow you to compare the prices from all the capital’s flights.
Particularly in the winter months when there are fewer flights scheduled to Skiathos it can be worth looking to see if a connecting, rather than a direct, flight is better value. There are regular connections to Skiathos from Athens, so you shouldn’t increase your overall flight time by too much.
You can also use Expedia to show you the cheapest days to fly on across a range of dates. To do this simply click ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Skiathos are:
Skiathos Airport, or Skiathos ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’ Airport as it is also known, is a small airport with limited facilities and limited onward travel options.
Its short and narrow runway accommodates aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200, and its proximity to the capital of the island means you can idly watch the planes as they land incredibly close from many cafes and bars.
Many of the island’s hotels will organise a shuttle bus from the airport. If you do not have this you can arrange a taxi or car hire to take you to your resort. If taking a taxi, agree upon a price before you set off. It should cost around €25to travel to Troulos, one of the further resorts.
It is only a mile’s walk into the centre of Skiathos Town, from where bus services run across the island at regular intervals. There is a bus that can take you into town that departs from the airport if you don’t fancy the stroll.
Airlines offering flights to Skiathos from the UK include:
At around seven miles long by four miles wide Skiathos is pretty easy to get around.
There’s an excellent bus service that covers the main resorts and towns on the east of the island but, if you want more convenience or to visit the more rugged west, you’ll need to either hire a car or call a cab. The island is well-served by taxis, although in the summer months there can be a bit of a wait if you haven’t pre-booked your ride.
Skiathos Town is where the island’s nightlife and best restaurants can be found. It’s also rather picturesque with its cobbled streets and atmospheric harbour flanked by boutiques, cafes and vars.
If you want a break from all that sun and sand the interior of the island offers an interesting donkey sanctuary and a couple of monasteries that are well worth a visit. The Evangelistria Monastery was built in 1794 under the island's highest peak, and Kounistras Monastery is the spiritual heart of the island, whose celebrations every November are attended by the vast majority of the locals.
Boat trips from the island can take you to the stunning beach at Lalaria. This is set against grey cliffs and formed from brilliant blue marble stones. You may also want to travel from the sublime to the ridiculous and fit in a singalong trip to the nearby island of Skopelos, where Mamma Mia was filmed.
Everyone has their favourite beach on Skiathos, but don’t miss Koukounaries, where golden sands and crystal-clear waters meet a forest and lagoon that are protected as a nature reserve.
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