This Greek city has been around since ancient times, even coming in contact with Persian King Xerxes. The Gyzi brothers took over the island in 1207 AD, building up a small Venetian fortress to protect against invasion by pirates. The capital however, was moved in the 14th century. The city came into the spotlight again in the 18th century when the Evangelistria monastery was built by monks from Athos. It became a hide out for Greek rebels during the Greek War of Independence. In fact, this monastery had the very first flag of Greece, which was created and hoisted in 1807. The island capital moved back shortly thereafter. Today it is gaining popularity as a tourist destination after part of the popular film Mamma Mia was filmed here.
Location: In the Northwest Aegean Sea
This island sits on the eastern side of the mainland and has rugged terrain, mostly on the northern side. The highest peak rises up over 400 meters, and the coastline is uneven with many inlets, capes, and peninsulas. The city is next to a lagoon with small settlements surrounding the airport. Many of the islets are included in the municipality, scattered several kilometers from each other. The other surrounding island can be seen from the city. The land is covered with many Aleppo and Stone Pine forests.
Culture: Shopping, Bars, Churches, and Camping
If you're looking for premier shopping, start your visit with the jeweler Papapanagiotaki. This shop sells some of the unique precious and handmade jewelry in the world even offering pure gold and silver watches. For more beauty, you can visit Evangelistria Monastery. Founded in 1794 by monks, this monastery has been mostly restored to its former glory offering accommodations as well as a small museum housing historical artifacts. When the sun goes down, you can head to Skiathos Rock n Roll bar for DJs, dancing, and views overlooking the sea. When it's time to lay your head down, consider camping just a few meters away from the beautiful forest and beach.
Activities: Beaches, Boats, Planes, and Diving
This paradise island offers 60 clean beaches, with one of them being the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. Lovely people walk in the sand holding hands and families enjoy the warm waters. Water taxis and other boats are available for on the water adventures, whether you're looking for romance or a party atmosphere. For those who want to get the best view of the island breathtaking landscape, Phaethon Aeroclub provides aerial tours of all the Greek Island for the ultimate vacation experience. On the southern part of the island, you'll find diving centers offering trips to beautiful reefs off the nearby uninhabited islands. There are even classes offered for all ages.