Tzaneria is a small, east-facing sand bay located just west of Achladies and about seven kilometres from Skiathos Town. It lies at the head of the Kalamaki peninsula. The name in Greek means 'greengage tree' but you are unlikely to find one. Sandwiched between two rock outcrops, the area behind the beach is flat fields that lead back up to the main road to Koukounarias.
Tzaneria bay is overlooked from the south by the huge Nostos hotel complex, spread in an ugly sprawl all down the hillside. The hotel is popular with visiting Americans and is also known for touting its timeshare apartments.
The dominance of the hotel complex on the hillside above Tzaneria beach had led to this beach being sometimes referred to on maps and such as Nostos Beach, although this is not a private hotel beach but a public one.
Tzaneria beach is a small arc of soft flat sand and is quite deep with a small jetty in the middle where boats can pull in and tie up. The sands are regularly raked clean and there are plenty of sunbeds on offer along the shoreline.
Tzaneria has a good fish taverna at the back of the beach that provides lunchtime snacks and decent evening meals. There are more tavernas nearby.
Tzaneria beach is also home to the Dolphin Diving Center for those that enjoy watersports and there is a frequent taxi boat service between here and Skiathos Town.
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.