Koukounaries Beach in Skiathos

Considered one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches, this white sand beach on the Aegean Sea has an idyllic setting amid whitewashed island architecture. Located on the island of Skiathos within the Northern Sporades Islands, this beach offers a seaside retreat with easy access to historic sites and nightlife. Amid a protected nature reserve, travelers can rent sunbeds, tables and umbrellas for a nominal fee, and visitors say this beach is surrounded by pine trees and stunning sparkling waters. For lodging, choose from a campsite or one of the nearby hotels, including Elivi Skiathos in the island’s capital town filled with stone-paved streets. While on the island, you may want to explore the ruins of a Venetian fortress in Bourtzi; the four museums of the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; and the museum that was once the home of author Alexandros Papadiamantis. You’ll also want to experience the island’s well-known cosmopolitan nightlife scene, as well as the tavernas serving authentic Greek cuisine.