Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Achladias beach (meaning “pear trees” in Greek), is situated some 4 km southwestern to the town of Skiathos, in front of the homonymous, rapidly developing tourist resort which is amphitheatrically arranged around the beach.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Achladias have been awarded with the Blue Flag for services to visitors, the good organization of the beach and the purity of sea water.
Access to Achladias: The beach is about 4 km southwest from the city of Skiathos. Access to the beach from Skiathos Town is very easy by public buses, running regularly, by taxi and by private means (car and motorbikes). There is also a daily connection by excursion boats, departing from the town of Skiathos.
Access to Skiathos:
Arrival by Airplane: The quickest way to reach Skiathos is via plane. “Alexandros Papadiamantis” Airport (JSI) is a small one-terminal airport and is located approximately 3 km from Skiathos town centre. There is no public bus service to the airport. To get to the town centre, it is advisable to take a taxi or hire a car.
There are daily flights from Athens during the summer season and 2-3 times a week during winter time with 35 minutes flight duration. The distance from the international airport of Skiathos to Skiathos Town is 3 km and you can reach by taxi. There are direct flights on chartered airlines from various cities throughout England including London, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Newcastle as well as numerous departure points within continental Europe, from May to October.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: If you’re traveling around Greece, there are numerous ports where you can take a ferry or other boat to the island. Ferries can be open or enclosed and often transport cars. Hydrofoils, flying dolphins and catamarans are usually enclosed boats and are faster than ferries but do not carry cars.
Ships depart daily in summer from the mainland, and specifically: from Agios Konstantinos with bus connection from Athens (Kaningos Square) -the journey’s duration is 3 hours; from Volos daily all year long, with 2 hours and 30 minutes duration; and from Thessaloniki 3 times a week during the summer period. There is connection also from Sporades Islands; Alonissos, Glossa, Mandoudi and Skopelos.
Car and motorbike hire: Hiring your own car or motorbike is a great way to see the island. Skiathos is a small island with only one main paved road along the south coast. The road extends from Skiathos town to Koukounaries, 15 km away. Most of the other roads on the island are dirt or gravel. Some of the roads can be steep and rough, with numerous narrow twists and bends, especially in the interior and the north. Car hire can be arranged in advance for pick up/drop off at the airport or port, or in any of the car hire offices in Skiathos town centre.
Bus: The main public bus route on Skiathos runs from Skiathos town centre along the main southern coast road to Koukounaries. The route has 26 numbered stops, giving access to villages, beaches and tavernas along the way. In the peak summer season, buses run every 20 minutes. The late afternoon buses tend to become quite crowded as tourists make their way back to Skiathos town from Koukounaries.
There are also two minibus routes from Skiathos town active in the summer. One route takes you to Monastery of Evangelistria in the north. The other route will take you to Ksanemos (Xanemos) Beach on the northeastern side of the island, very near the airport runway. The minibuses leave from the same bus stop on the main bus line.
Taxi: There are numerous taxis on the island and it is quite easy to pick up a taxi at the airport. There is also a taxi rank near the port. If you will be using a taxi often, be sure to ask for a business card or phone number. This will make it easy for you to arrange a taxi later in your trip. Taxi fares on the island are regulated, however, the fare may increase if you leave the main roads.
Water Taxi: Water taxi is a fun way to travel around the island. Water taxis operate from Skiathos town to Koukounaries beach; to Kanapitsa and Tzaneria beach (Nostos); and to Achladias. Check the port or ask your hotel for information on water taxi schedules and prices.