Agia Paraskevi beach guide Skiathos
The long and sandy beach of Agia Paraskevi is also confusingly called Platanias after the inland village that lies in the hills behind the beach just to the north.
Agia Paraskevi beach is located about nine kilometers from Skiathos Town on the south coast between the beach resorts of Kolios, which lies to the east, and the popular beach of Troulos to the west.
The beach of Agia Paraskevi lies at the end of the long and wide Platanias Valley, which has a stream running through it most of the year. Access to Agia Paraskevi beach is from bus stops 15 or 16 on the main road that runs along the head of the valley.
Most of the tourist accommodation in the area is sited along this valley and, if you are based here ,you will find it is usually a 5-10 minute walk from the head of the valley to the Agia Paraskevi beach.
There are tavernas, snack bars, grills and mini markets dotted all over the resort and also at nearby village of Platanias. Several hotel swimming pools are open to non-residents provided you buy a drink at the hotel bar.
Agia Paraskevi has a long sand beach with several beach tavernas behind, a watersports school and a swimming pool, should you need one, at the Skiathos Princess Hotel just at the back of the beach.
The watersports at Agia Paraskevi include waterskiing and paragliding and there are daily boat excursions on offer.
The sands are clean and golden, gently shelving into the sea and so they are popular with families with young children. Pine trees offer plenty of good natural shade although there are plenty of sunbeds and beach umbrellas on offer.
The Church of Agia Paraskevi, from which the beach also takes its name, is close to the shore and hidden behind a huge plane tree. The church is well known on Skiathos for the religious festival that is held there every year near the end of June
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