we were two of only four guests staying at Yialis right at the beginning of the season. so we have no idea what the bar would be like later on in the year. The entire island was still hibernating! Our rooms were upstairs at the front and were ok. We were told that these ones (9 and 10) were the best in the place. The kitchen equipment was loony, of course, being Greece - the grill had no pan that fitted underneath it, so we had to build a platform out of saucepan lids etc and balance an oven tray in order to make toast. there was just the ONE cereal bowl. there was no work surface. there were NO chopping boards. The loo would continuously flush unless you lifted the cistern and pulled a lever. The road is, yes, loud and, yes, annoying but that's typical of lots of hotels on this tiny island. and to make up for this, the very nearby beach is GORGEOUS. Like all 60 on the island. and it is just a hop and a skip away on flat land. In fact we made cuppas in our room and had them on the beach. so I'll cut straight to advice that we CAN give:- expect prices to be just as high as those back home in Waitrose. supermarkets and restaurants are very expensive now. a 3 course meal out for two with house plonk was usually at least 50 Euros. Don't imagine you can walk anywhere along the roads. even in May the traffic was deadly and this is simply because this miniature island is an endless series of hairpin bends and blind corners, without any footpaths. it wasn't busy but was quite deadly anyway. Use the water taxi: it is great. the timetables for it are posted everywhere (beach entrances at achladies, the taxi jetty itself at achladies, and also at the utterly picturesque old harbour dock in Skiathos town). the water taxi is absolutely punctual, to the very second, all day and night. great fun and very useful. only two of achladies beach's tavernas were open, and although "Paradise" was fine, and had sea views, for our evening ouzo, we definitely rated Maniati's "Rose Garden" food and service miles higher. the cooking was simply much better, fresher, and the house wine was good. unlike the wine at Paradise (very thin, acidic, lacking in fruit). The island is simply beautiful. the beaches are all equally stunning. Otherwise, there's no history of interest whatever. if you like ruins, go elsewhere! the best tip is this:- get yourself a car for a few days. It only takes half an hour to get from Koukunaries in the west to Skiathos town in the east by car, or bus, along the one and only main road (the same one that goes by your Yalis appt!) and all the rest of the island will need a car to explore. Do not get an ordinary compact or saloon whatever you do!! pay the extra at all costs!! the road maps promise reasonable roads to Kastro, and various other sights. WARNING: they are impossibly steep/rutted/potholed/unmadeup/ and honestly you must get a jeep that has 4 wheel drive. Or you will weep. But with 4WD it's a delight and you can zoom all over. don't buy, as we did, tens of euros of petrol. when we asked for thirty euros worth, she didn't believe us and asked if we meant 13. later we understood. there are no distances on the island. and you'll spend zilch. of course, the rental people empty the tank so you get it on empty and stupidly fill it for them. We were first-timers and the island completely charmed us. it is the eye-candy to end all eye candy.
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