We returned to the Myrtia, as is now 'tradition', for our 2nd wedding anniversary in July and it was as lovely as ever. We took a couple of friends this year, one of whom had never been to Skiathos before and we were wondering how his 'objective' eyes would view both the Myrtia and the Island... he fell in love with both.. (and he is a massive cynic) and is coming back next year ... so it is not just us with our 'romantic' view that thinks that this is a perfect place to spend your holiday.
As both I and countless others have said, the location of these apartments is ideal. They are literally off the beaten track.. at the end of one actually.. so the only outside noise you hear are the ciccadas, which is the sort of peace and quiet I crave on my Summer vacation. The pool is a great size and never overcrowded - when we are there at least. There are double sunbeds this year and they are great for a nap (literally everytime - I fell asleep). My favourite spot though is the swing seat - be warned it is mine! Spiros is a lovely host. Unfortunately his wife was not with him as one of her parents was ill but he managed very well with the help of his now very grown sons!
We pick our car up at the airport on arrival, visit the carrefour(sp?) on the ringroad - much cheaper than anywhere else - to stock up on essentials (ok, that would mainly be alcohol, water and milk - the extent of our self catering!).. To be honest if I really wanted to self cater for my family on holiday I would rent a villa with a kitchen.. The Myrtia kitchenette is ideal for our needs - breakfast, snacks and drinks.. any more than that and it's not a holiday in my eyes.
This year we had a ground floor apt facing the gardens with a pleasantly large terrace separated from our friends by a small wall (too small in their eyes as I kept walking over it to steal their more interesting looking biscuits!).. We have now stayed in all sized rooms (oh apart from the 3 bed), and at all angles to the grounds.. each one has it's merits and they all benefit from the sun at some part of the day. My favourite rooms would be the 2 bed up the slope, adjacent to reception as they get the best of the early evening sun which is my favourite!
We rely on a jeep during our stay as we like to get around the whole island which isn't possible on the bus. The Myrtia is perfectly placed for this. Both Aghia Eleni and Ambelakia are walkable and remain my favourite beaches.. love them. Kastro is well worth a visit - go early as even with a car it requires quite a bit of walking and climbing!... Wear appropriate footwear (not flip flops!).. but it is absolutely amazing and you cannot appreciate it's beauty on a boat trip (although it is more accessible!)
Hidden beach - again with the climb - go see it. There are so many places to see on this very small island. We've been four times and see new things each visit. Mandraki is walkable (although we haven't tried this) from the Myrtia and is more natural windswept beach - less modern comforts and more naked Swedish people (we found this last part out by accident this year - never noticed it before!) Don't let this put you off it is worth a visit.
Dino and Effie are the best hosts on the island and are now back at Agustera in Koukounaries.. brilliant bar. Tell them what music you want and they'll play it. Great place for a pizza on your way back from sunset watching and cocktail drinking at Eleni ;)..
Many great places to eat in Skiathos Town - also they are better priced than in resort. Alexandros - tables beneath the Mulberry tree is behind the church (our fav), is just one.. something for everyone. O'Batis - one of a row of tavernas to the left of the church overlooking the old harbour - amazing food. Lo & La, a little further along - Italian/Greek - lovely.. For something a little special and different - Olive Land is amazing - up in the hills above Achlaides - go for lunch to experience the day time views of the whole island and for dinner for the sun set - great food too
I could go on and on and on about Skiathos and the Myrtia.. but shall stop now... See you next year .. there could be up to 10 of us!... The word is spreading
- Also Known As:
- Myrtia Apartments Skiathos
- Myrtia Apartments Hotel Skiathos
- Myrtia Hotel Skiathos/Koukounaries