Hi guys! Today I’m going to tell you how to get to Lalaria Beach and some things you absolutely need to know before getting to this Skiathos’ greek beach to avoid a bad day!
Lalaria Beach is a stunning beach located on the northern side of Skiathos island that wouldn’t need any introduction, just the following pic:
I know you can’t believe it, but I didn’t use any filter taking this shot of Lalaria Beach. This is exactly what your eyes will see while you get to Lalaria Beach if the sun is shining.
This beach is made of white rounded pebbles, and it’s the only beach of this kind in Skiathos.
The fact that you can get to Lalaria Beach only by boat (there’s no way to get there by car and no walkpath down the hill) helps to keep it kind of magic.
Lalaria Beach it’s a pretty pristine beach, so there are no services on place, remember to bring some water with you!
How to get to Lalaria Beach
To get to Lalaria Beach you need to catch one of the many boats leaving from the old Skiathos’ port, that offer many different trips all around Skiathos and/or near greek islands.
Now, before booking one of these excursions to get to Lalaria Beach and other nice places around Skiathos there are many essential things you need to know.
In Skiathos there are many boat trips
With the boat trips in Skiathos you can reach some of the following destinations, one or more with different combinations dependings on the tour and the company you choose:
- Lalaria Beach, the white candy pebbles beach you saw in the picture;
- Kastro Beach, another beach located in the North of Skiathos, small and sandy;
- Tsougrias beach, a nice beach located on the little Tsougrias island, a few kilometers south-east from Skiathos;
- Skopelos, another greek island in the Sporades archipelago, more natural and relaxed than Skiathos;
- various other possibilities and combinations that you’ll find on the signs in front of the boats or that they will personally show you while walking in front of the port.
And now, let’s start with the things you need to pay attention to.
If you have a look at some reviews on Tripadvisor or similar websites about these boat tours, you’ll find plenty of bad reviews of people saying that the tour has been canceled or destination has changed without notice because boat crew said that sea and wind conditions wasn’t good enough to approach Lalaria beach.
Many of them are basically complaining about the fact that there was no notice and no refund after they’ve been brought to some different and not appealing beaches.
So, because of the “Meltemi” wind often blowing from the North of the island, that may cause a rough see, always check with an app like Windfinder the wind forecast for the day you want to get to Lalaria Beach.
The best would be checking weather and wind conditions and booking the trip one day before, not many days in advance, as forecasts may change again.
If you see that tomorrow is not windy, you can book and you probably won’t lose your money (as you need to pay in advance). Otherwise better wait another day.
The Time of the day
Lalaria Beach is a wonderful beach, but it has no shadow and no services nor umbrellas.
So, if you’re going in the middle of the day you should consider bringing with you some food, an umbrella and of course wnough water.
Most of the boats going to Lalaria Beach usually leave two times per day, the first in the morning, leaving at 10 am and getting back at 2.30pm and a second one in the afternoon, leaving around 3 pm and getting back at 7.30.
The journey is around 40 minutes one way, so you should think about which one to book:
- If you’re in Skiathos in the middle of the summer (June to mid August) you can choose the afternoon trip, that is less crowded and there’s less risk to get sunburned than the midday hours.
- If you get to Lalaria Beach after mid August instead, it’s better going with the morning tour, as in the afternoon the beach is going under a complete shadow of the hill and you can’t fully enjoy the water color.
I think boat companies are trying to ask different prices when on different days/months/moods.
For the classic Lalaria Beach 3 hours tour I paid 12.50 euro, but I read on some reviews that other people paid different prices.
Before you get to Lalaria Beach, some boat trips also let you jump for one hour to Kastro Beach.
So instead of staying 3 hours in Lalaria, you can choose 1 hour in Kastro and almost 2 hours in Lalaria.
You can make your choice directly on the boat, just getting down at “first stop” or “second stop” 😀 .
Kastro beach is a little sandy and rocky beach not particularly stunning, except for its eastern corner where you can find nice colorful rocks and cristal waters!
At Kastro beach there’s also a bar and you may walk up the hill to see a few old town’s ruins.
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