Most people had never heard of Skiathos, before the hit Abba musical 'Mamma Mia', which was filmed right here, as well as on the neighbouring island of Skopelos. The hit musical film has really raised the profile of Skiathos. The boat 'Columbus' used within the early scenes of the film can usually be seen moored within the previous port of Skiathos City, and residents reminisce fondly about showing as extras within the film. But there are plenty of more to see at Skiathos than just a boat that were utilized in successful movie from Hollywood.
What does Skiathos has to offer the customer?
The gods must have been smiling once they created Skiathos, gifting it with a blinding multitude of seashores vastly out of proportion with its modest size. The island's sheltered turquoise waters and considerable stretches of golden sand appeal to thousands of tourists annually, making the most of the new, dry summer weather and alternatives for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-spherical leisure.
Peace and quiet on Skiathos
However while there is no such thing as a doubt that the island's coastline is its primary draw, those who enterprise inland will discover a quieter and equally lovely landscape full of peaceable churches and monasteries, pine forests, olive groves and wild herbs. The standard rural lifestyles of some islanders have remained surprisingly fixed by way of the huge modifications of the previous few many years. Walking is an excellent solution to discover this aspect of Skiathos and is a well-liked pursuit in spring and autumn: gorgeous views are to be found almost in every single place. The protected 'biotope' nature reserve of Strafilios lagoon is one in every of only three such environments in Greece.
Luxurious vacation spot for A-checklist stars and royalty
Within the sixties and seventies, Skiathos was the chic vacation spot of alternative for a lot of actors, rock stars and different celebrities. The island stays a well-liked port of call for breathtakingly expensive yachts and the impressive roll call of holiday makers to have dropped anchor here lately includes an array of A-list stars and royalty. Michael Douglas & Catherina Zeta Jones, David & Victoria Beckham, Lily Allen, Richard Branson, there are lots of celebrities that would not look out of place at a yacht mendacity outside the coast of Skiathos.
Fashionable holiday island among Brits and Germans
Whereas the wealthy and very famous proceed to grace Skiathi shores, there are additionally plenty of enchantment in Skiathos among the average families of this world. Today constitution flights and common ferries have opened up the resort to a much wider range of individuals. Among the many many foreign nationalities who visit (alongside a good number of Greeks), it is especially widespread with British and German tourists. Sizeable expat communities dwell permanently on the island and contribute to its character. The British community is the biggest and most outstanding, and nearly in every single place you go individuals will understand at the very least fundamental English.
I hope this little introduction to Skiathos might help moist your urge for food for somewhat Greek island adventure next summer. It is far more than simply 'Mamma Mia' you know.