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There are many different activities that can be found on this island such as all sorts of watersports including water-skiing, windsurfing, banana boat rides and parasailing.

Other daytime activities include trips to monasteries, particularly Evangelistria, Kastro, a ruined village, the Papadiamantis museum, the home of a 19th-century Greek writer.

In Skiathos Town, walking, water sports, and also horse riding near Troulos.

Thankfully for most, Skiathos is not a magnet for clubbers; there are however lots of bars and tavernas offering live music and dancing, and a couple of small discos. another great attraction is live music and Greek dancing in tavernas.

The best beaches are in the south, at the holiday resorts. The beaches in the north are rockier and more exposed to the wind, but are popular with those wanting to escape the crowds during the peak season. On land there is horse riding on offer and some good walks.

There is a good selection of cafés and restaurants on the island offering English, Italian, Indian, Chinese and French cuisine, as well as some excellent local Greek and seafood restaurants. The best choice is in Skiathos Town, particularly around the harbour.

Local excursions include round-island mule trips or boat trips; boat trips to Tsoungria (tiny island) for beach; or to Skopelos and Alonissos (day trip); beach barbecue cruises; evening sunset or fishing cruises; Athens (day trip); Delphi (day trip); Meteora, with Byzantine monasteries (day trip).