Skiathos lies west in the Sporades islands, with Skopelos,
Alonissos and Skyros to the East and Magnisia, Volos and Pelion
to the West.
The island has kept the same name throughout its 3 thousand
years history. It is derived from the Greek word "skia",
which means shade, and the name of the sacred mountain "Athos",
which towers 140Km to the northeast of Skiathos. The island
in the shade of Athos (skia + Athos = Skiathos).
The main industries are agriculture (dairy and vegetable,
especially olive oil production from the 600,000 olive trees),
fishing, and tourism. There is just one major road, leading
from the town down along the south coast to the many small
bays and beaches. Transport is by bus or taxi.
You go to Skiathos by plane from Athens and more than 70 charter
flights per week connect the island with most European countries
through all summer. Skiathos is also connected by ferry with
Bolos, Agios Konstantinos, Alonissos, Skopelos, Kymi, Euboea,
Skyros and Chalkidiki. In the high season (the summner) there
is a connection with Thessaloniki, Cyclades islands and Crete.
Skiathos is also famous for its more than 60 golden beaches.
Skiathos is one of the unknown paradises to be discovered.