Kolios beach guide Skiathos
Kolios is a small and pretty bay sandwiched between the bigger beaches of Vromolimnos and Platanias and served by bus stops 13, 14 and 15 on the Skiathos south coast road.
It lies about nine kilometres west of Skiathos Town. South-west facing and in a deep sheltered bay, the sharp sand beach at Kolios is edged by wooded headlands .
Kolios has two tavernas on the beach, both of which are good, although one is considered more up-market and on the trendy side. There are plenty of sunbeds on the beach and watersports are on offer.
There is plenty of accommodation to be found in the Kolios beach area and there are several tavernas and minimarkets nearby to meet the seasonal demand.
Holidays in Kolios are popular with families and those looking for a less busy Skiathos beach resort. There are just a few shops and the tavernas are low key.
Kolios beach is a curving stretch of fine, sharp sand that slopes gently into the sea, so it's good and safe for families. Beach facilities are gathered at one end of Kolios leaving the other end of Kolios beach much quieter.
Skiathos round-island tour boats often pull in at Kolios at the small jetty and, when the trippers disembark, the main section of Kolios beach and the shoreline tavernas can sometimes get quite crowded, although rarely for long.
There are several more small secluded coves to each side of the main Kolios beach that are fairly easily reached on foot.
Whether you are an experienced diver, a beginner, or just a snorkeler, Greece has a seabed for you. Andy Cornish swims in one of the world's best aquatic park.
Mandraki is off the beaten track in the westernmost part of the island and cloaked in thick pine forest. Fortunately trails have been hacked through the forest to provide woodland walks.
One look will tell you why Koukounaries beach is voted one of the best in Greee with a kilometre long crescent of golden sand sweeping around the bay backed by a tree-lined lagoon.
Excursion boats on Skiathos leave the harbour daily throughout the summer holiday season to take visitors across the bay to the trio of islets at Tsougria,Tsougraki and Arkos.