The Greek island of Skiathos carries a lot of history, but is a relatively new addition to the world of resort destinations. Skiathos, and the other islands in the Sporades group, shot to fame when they became a filming location for the Hollywood blockbuster Mamma Mia back in 2008.
April is a lovely time to visit Skiathos as it marks the end of the winter rains, and the beginning of the summer dry spell. Rainfall drops significantly from previous months, with around 28mm expected.
Temperatures begin the rise and the summer heat can begin to be felt. Temperatures finally hit the 20 degree mark in April, dropping to around 11.5 degrees celsius overnight, so evenings may still be a bit cold.
£30 buys a night at the AngelikiHotel, which is located literally 3 steps away from Skiathos' white sandy beach. All rooms boast a private sea view balcony, private bathroom and that all important air conditioning; essential in the summer months. Breakfast is served each morning, and the hotel's garden is the perfect place for relaxing with a cup of coffee.
The TavernaLyhnari in Skiathos Town is an excellent choice for the evening meal. Offering a traditional Greek menu with some international elements thrown in for good measure, all ingredients are sourced fresh from local markets, so diners can be sure they're only eating the absolute best.
Humidity remains low in April, so it's an ideal month for some outdoor activity. The SkiathosRidingCentre offers horseback rides across the island for riders of all experience levels, whether they're complete beginners or professional jockeys. Tours take from 1 to 2 hours and include sights on the north and south coasts, as well as the Mandraki woods. Younger visitors can enjoy a donkey ride, the petting zoo, and the adventure playground.