Skiathos Old Town reminded me of a cosmopolitan city, only it’s a million times prettier than the latter but just the same – it has that buzzing, lively and happy vibe in it which is just intoxicating. I would normally hate a place described as such (I actually am not a big fan of the cities) but Skiathos Old Town has retained a particular charm in it.
To start off, it’s not surrounded by modern skyscrapers but of small houses with white-washed walls, terracotta tiled roofs and bougainvillea flowers spilling off the blue window shutters. And unlike any modern and buzzing city, most of Skiathos Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone which means you don’t have to deal with the chaos of motorized vehicles as you explore the narrow, cobblestone alleys. It’s absolutely beautiful and immediately became my favorite place in Skiathos island.
Skiathos Old Town is the cultural and entertainment center of the island. We were lucky to have booked a hotel in the town itself as I think it really is the best location option specially if you plan to spend some drunken nights in the island. To be very honest though, it is staying in Skiathos Old Town which was the reason why we spend all of our nights there quite intoxicated.
Several chic cafes, atmospheric bars and clubs throb with life up to the wee hours of the morning. The Greek Mister and his friend made the most out of it and stayed up until around 4 or 5 in the morning for the both nights that we were in Skiathos. You’d think that at that time they’ll be the last customers in the bar when in fact, they were probably the first ones to leave. I’m not very good on keeping up with the Greek’s alcohol intake – I’m ready for bed after a couple of strawberry daiquiris. The latest I stayed up with them was at 3 in the morning, I’m a lightweight. I know.
The street of Papadiamantis is the main area of Skiathos Old town. Lined up with shops, restaurants, accommodations and even an open-air cinema. This is where our hotel is located. This main street branches out to narrower cobblestone paths which is definitely a must to explore as you’re bound to see some hidden gems in each and every corner of it.
I particularly loved the streets leading upto the Old Port of Skiathos – specially the area near the church which (ironically) is surrounded by bars with al fresco seating area overlooking the harbour and the island of Bourtzi. I also love the myriad of dining choices that you have here – from traditional tavernas to luxurious restaurants, all offering different cuisines.
Skiathos Old Town is sure to make you feel young again with its vibrant atmosphere. Day or night, you’re sure to find something fun to do here – whether it be shopping, culinary exploration or just people-watching.