Skiathos is a small island in the northwest Aegean Sea. Skiathos is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group, east of the Pelion peninsula in Magnesia on the mainland, and west of the island of Skopelos.
The island is about 12 km long and 6 km wide on average. The coastline is indented with up to 65 sandy beaches, inlets, capes and peninsulas. The southeast and southwest parts have gentler slopes and that is where most of the sandy beaches, settlements and facilities are located. The terrain is hilly but more rugged on the north coast, with the highest peak at 433 m. There is a communications tower on this peak.
The main town is the Town of Skiathos with a population of almost 5,000 inhabitants and along with the airport are located to the northeast next to a lagoon.
The Municipality of Skíathos includes the islets of Tsougria, Tsougriaki, Maragos, Arkos, Troulonisi and Aspronisi. They are scattered a few kilometres off the southeast coastline and are clearly visible from the town and the beaches. Total land area of Skiathos is 50 km².
Despite its small size, Skiathos with its many beaches and wooded landscape is a popular tourist destination. It has over 60, mostly sandy beaches scattered all around the 44 km coastline. Some of these are Trulos, Vromolimnos, Koukounaries, Asselinos, Megali Ammos and Mandraki.
The island’s forests are concentrated on the southwest and northern parts but the presence of pine trees is prevalent throughout the island. A small Stone Pine forest exists at the Koukounaries location where there is a second lagoon and a fine-textured popular beach.
Read about the history of Skiathos at Wikipedia
There is a regular boat service to the island and the rest of the Sporades islands with departures from Thessaloniki, Volos and Agios Konstantinos. The boats are operated mainly by Hellenic Seaways using its high-speed Flying Dolphin and Flying Cat vessels as well as conventional ferries. Skiathos Island National Airport is at the northeast of the island next to a lagoon and a lowland isthmus separating the island from the peninsula of Lazareta.