he island of Skiathos lies 41 nautical miles from Volos and 44 from
Agios Konstantinos. It has an area of 48 sq. km., a coastline of 44 km and a
population of 4,200.
You go to Skiathos by plane from Athens. You can also go by ferry boat or the fast hydrofoils from Agios Konstantinos, Volos, Alonissos and Skopelos. In summer you can also go from Kymi, Euboea, Skyros and other islands.
kiathos took part in wars against the Persians and in 478 BC, became a part of the Athenian Alliance.
Later was occupied by Alexander the Great and then by the Romans.|
During the Byzantine period it sank into oblivion. In 1204 was conquered by the Venetians and in 1583 by
the Turks. It was then that the inhabitants of the old town, built on the site of present-day Skiathos,
abandoned it and constructed on the north side of the island the famous Kastro, perched on a nearly invisible
uring the Greek War of Independence of 1821, many warriors from Thessaly opposite, took refuge on the
Skiathos was liberated in 1823. In 1830, the local people, left the historic Kastro and rebuilt Chora.
Skiathos was one of the unknown paradises to be discovered.
ife in Skiathos has changed a great deal since those
Luxury hotels slowly began to be built along its lovely sand
beaches, tourist activity continually grew and Skiathos
became one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece.
But its celebrated beaches are still insuperable and the
narrow lanes of Chora are still as picturesque as ever.
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