SKIATHOS is one of the Sporades group of islands, lying just off the east coast of mainland Greece, and it was one of the first to cash in on the Greek island holiday boom in the 1970s thanks to an island airport that handles regular charter flights. Skiathos is a compact island, just 12km long and about 6km wide, and its main claim to fame is a plethora of large, deep, sandy beaches strung out all the way along its attractive southern coastline.
Skiathos is a very popular holiday island with Brits, Germans and Scandinavians. Recent years have seen an explosion in tourist facilities and nowadays a virtually unbroken line of hotels, apartments and neon-lit tavernas flank the once rural road that runs the length of the south coast. A ban on high rise hotels has curbed major excess on Skiathos and the tavernas are more baklava than burgers, but the island still groans under its annual weight of tourist numbers.