a small Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea. Skiathos is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group‚ east of the Pelion peninsula in Magnesia on the mainland‚ and west of the island of Skopelos.
The island has a north to southwestern axis and is about 12 kilometres (7 miles) long and 6 kilometres (4 miles) wide on average.
The main paved road runs along the southeastern stretch of the island with several narrow dirt roads branching off towards the interior and the northern coast. Farmland exists around the major settlements on the island.
Despite its small size‚ Skiathos with its many beaches and wooded landscape is a popular tourist destination. It has over 60 mostly sandy‚ beaches scattered around the 44 km (27 mi) coastline. Some of these are Troulos‚ Vromolimnos‚ Koukounaries‚ Asselinos‚ Megali Ammos and Mandraki.
Much of the island is wooded with Aleppo Pine and a small Stone Pine Forest at the Koukounaries location where there is a lagoon and a popular beach. The island's forests are concentrated on the southwest and northern parts‚ but the presence of pine trees is prevalent throughout the island.