We finally made it this year to Skiathos after numerous recommendations from friends & couples we have met on other Greek islands. We were certainly not disappointed by either the Island or the hotel/resort we selected – The Astoria in Troulos.
The Astoria is set back off the road so benefits from a lovely rural location. It is a short walk from bus stop 20, which means that you have the whole south of the island available to you for 2 Euros fare! We were amazed by the number of high quality restaurants on the island & via the bus route there is access to all of them! Please note – this bus does get very crowded at peak times 9am to 10.30am (going to the beach), 6pm to 9pm (coming back from the beach/going into Skiathos Town) & 10.30pm onwards (Coming back from Skiathos Town after night out). However to us this was part of the fun/way of chatting to people finding out the best places to go!
The hotel itself is relatively small & very friendly and the staff keep it very clean indeed. This hotel I would say is more suitable for mature people/couples or young couples that like a quiet resort. Personally I appreciated the lack of “Euro pop” being pumped out at the pool which is a terrible feature of other Greek Hotels.
The rooms at the Astoria are relatively small (usual for Greece) but are of a high spec (unusual). The balconies are nice especially if you get a view looking out on to the beautiful garden.
The Bar is very well run by the hard working Harry with excellent cocktails & lunch time snacks. The pool is a good size & well maintained, although there may not be enough sun beds during peak times – although with numerous beaches on the island (8 Euros for the day for 2 beds & umbrella) this is not a problem.
If you enjoy being active on holiday we can certainly recommend going to the Skiathos Dog Shelter (www.skiathosdogshelter.com) in the hills above Troulos. The People there do a wonderful job helping & relocating dogs (& cats) to good homes in the UK. Congratulations & a big thank you to all who help out there and to contributing a fun part to our holiday!
The main plus point with Skiathos for us was the number & quality of the restaurants on the island which as I mentioned are accessible via the great bus route. Our top 5 (& why, because the variety of eating establishments means that they each have a niche or particular strong point) are:
1. The Windmill (Skiathos Town) Stunning views! Food & Wine equally stunning and well worth the extra Euros – Congratulations to Karen & her staff for their wonderful achievements!
2. Agnadio – Skiathos Town – Great Views & Food.
3. Nector & Ambrosia – Troulos – Very reasonably priced, good food & views
4. Alexandros – in Old Port, Skiathos Town – Excellent Greek Traditional food set in the streets & under an olive tree – traditional Greek Music & great atmosphere
5. El Greco – Skiathos Town opposite Ferry docking area – High quality food with great views of the sea front
The Best of our fortnight:
Our Best Beach: Eleni - Great Sunset!
Our Best Night Out: Open Air Cinema in Skiathos Town – 8 Euros entry
Our Best Trip: Mamma Mia Boat Trip on the Kalypso (From Skiathos Town (New Port) – See Ian on the port side.
Our Best Restaurant – The Windmill in Skiathos Town – Pricey, but food, wine & the views are totally fabulous!!
Our Best Experience: Walking the dogs from the Skiathos Dog Shelter (Near Pagagia Kounistra Monastery) on a number of mornings in the beautiful hills around the Monastery – So much fun & very rewarding!
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Skiathos/Troulos