After having our breakfast in one of the cafes lined up at Skiathos Town, we went on a roadtrip to find where the famous Lalaria beach is. However, when we realized that our GPS was acting quite poorly we asked a local for directions and was advised that Lalaria beach can only be accessed by boat. We didn’t have time to book a cruise trip for this nor am I really in the mood to go on a boat cruise that day so we searched for an alternative beach to go to – a very easy task to do in Skiathos since it offers more than 50 beaches for you to choose from.
Elia beach came into our radar after doing a quick search for the best beaches in Skiathos, it was also what the guy suggested for us to visit instead of Lalaria when we asked for directions. Without further hesitation, we typed it on our GPS and proceeded on our roadtrip once again.
The dirt road leading to Elia beach wasn’t easy to navigate, it’s full of sharp curves by the mountain which makes it a bit scarier. I also didn’t see any public buses passing by when we went there so I guess it’s not accessible by public transportation, you’ll have to have your own vehicle to get there. As is the norm in Greece, the harder it is to get to a beach – the more beautiful it’s going to be.
We arrived in the middle of a pine forest where cars were parked in between the trees or any other available spaces which can fit it. We walked on a wooden path leading to the beach and the first thing we saw was a Greek flag fluttering atop a pole. We had a commanding view of the whole stretch of the beach from there, it was breathtaking! A secluded, long, sandy beach with not much crowd in it – it’s like an isolated haven! Just the way I love a beach to be.
“This is definitely going to be my favorite beach in Skiathos.” I told myself and I was not wrong since it definitely is the one that I have enjoyed a lot while we were in the island. It’s completely different from the rest of the beaches that we’ve visited. The pine forest that we passed through wasn’t unique as it’s quite normal to see in Skiathos but the lush greenery creeping at the top of the mountain range which surrounds the beach made the whole scenery look like a painting.
The right-most part of Elia beach, far from the sunbeds and the small taverna is reserved for the nudists. None of us knew this, it was only when The Greek Mister’s friend walked towards that way to take photos did he find out about it. “I turned around at the sight of the first balls that I saw.” was what he told us when he came back from his little walk. Lol. We have nothing against the nudists, in fact I do admire them for being so. It’s just that, I know that I’m not going to be comfortable to be one or be surrounded by them so I never really had an inclination to visit a nudist beach which is quite abundant in Greece.
The whole afternoon was spent between sleeping on the sunbed and having a quick dip. It was quite breezy that afternoon so I was able to enjoy sunbathing. We stayed there for a couple of hours and when we felt that slight pang of hunger, we decided that it was time for us to leave. It was with a heavy heart that we made that decision since we were enjoying our stay there. If only it had a proper taverna then we probably would’ve stayed. Nevertheless, it was a short but highly recommended stay in Elia beach.