The Golden Sands of Koukounaries Beach
- Koukounaries beach: You'll have about three hours to relax on this popular beach on the southern tip of Skiathos. Beach chairs and umbrellas are lined up and ready.
- Beach activities: Rent paddle boats, banana boats, go water skiing, snorkeling and sailing, or relax with drinks or snacks at beachside cafes and tavernas.
- Roundtrip transportation: No worries about parking or finding your way. We'll drop you off and tell you when and where to meet for the return trip.
About This Skiathos Tour
Pine-scented breezes, deep blue water, an irresistible stretch of sand – welcome to Koukounaries beach. The name means pine cone in Greek, so naturally there's a fringe of pine forest to create a fragrant and shady backdrop for your seashore sojourn. The bay's warm, clear waters are shallow for quite a long way out. Perhaps there's another translation for Koukounaries: perfection!
Pine forests stretch well beyond the beach and are found all over Skiathos. They made the island a prominent Aegean shipbuilding center in the 19th century. Demand almost wiped out all the pines but, just in time, along came steamboats. They brought an end to wooden shipbuilding, and the island's forests grew tall once more.
This lush, green island now takes great care of its natural resources. The Koukounaries beach, forest and a variety of plant and bird species that make it home are protected in an area preserved just for eco-tourism.
It's possible that all those trees are the reason that Skiathos was named after the Greek word for shadow: skia. Because even people who worshipped the sun as a god wanted a nice place in the shade.
Loved the movie, hated the crowds
If you've seen Mamma Mia, you've watched a preview of Skiathos – the fourth-biggest musical of all time was partially filmed here. Its 2008 release did wonders for local tourism, to the point where news articles lampooned the legions of crooning tourists on MM-related tours. Thankfully, those days are over, although GoBe guests have special permission to sing all the Abba songs they want.
Please go to tender pier station to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There is a choice of 2 or 3 canteens and 1 food taverna nearby the beach for any refreshments or light snacks you may wish to purchase.
There is a 200 meters walk to the beach from the coach. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Beach, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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