Part of the Greek Sporades group of islands in the northwest Aegean Sea, Skiathos, the most westerly island, is also one of the most popular. Although only a small island, it boasts 27 miles of coastline so it's a hot spot for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts alike.
October marks the end of the summer season, and temperatures drop significantly from previous months, peaking at 23.5 degrees celsius and dropping to 15 degrees overnight. Rainfall also starts to pick up, ready for the wet winter typical of the island's subtropical Mediterranean climate, with 47.5mm falling on average during the month.
The CapeKanapitsaHotel & Suites is located on a private 8 acre peninsula jutting out into the Aegean Sea. Standard rooms here cost from £43 per night and all feature private sea view balconies, en suite bathrooms and a fridge for keeping drinks refreshingly cool. There's a restaurant, pool and bar onsite, and the staff are happy to arrange car rental or airport transfer for their guests.
The outdoor, sea view dining at EnPlo is definitely worth experiencing during a trip to Skiathos. This award winning restaurant prides itself on it cruise ship feel, and serves up traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Making use of the fine summer weather, this restaurant only opens between May and October.
Despite the turn in weather, October is still a great time to visit Skiathos. At the SkiathosDivingCenter, the weather truly doesn't matter, as all of the activities take place underwater. Run by qualified diving instructor and lifeguard Panagiotis Diolettas, the centre offers scuba diving, free diving and snorkelling for all experience levels. There's even a 'bubble makers' dive for children. Dives cost from £35, with multi day P.A.D.I qualifications costing much more.