Adventures in Elivi Skiathos

Elivi Skiathos will be launching an off-road safari this summer where guests can explore the pine-covered island in a 4x4 and visit hidden gems of Skiathos that would be otherwise inaccessible.

Encompassing 60km of the island, the safari showcases the spectacular scenery and nature Skiathos is famous for, including lush greenery, secluded beaches and many rare bird species such as the black swan found in the surrounding waters of Elivi Skiathos.

The tour starts with a visit to the enchanting Evangelistria Monastery, the historical birthplace of the Greek flag. In this peaceful haven guests can visit a functioning distillery that produces wine and Tsipouro, an un-aged brandy from Greece, and visit a museum exhibiting historical items that reveal insights into the island’s past and the Greek revolution. In the boutique visitors can purchase a wealth of items carefully handmade by the monks, including olive oil, honey, marmalades and liquors.

After leaving the monastery, the second stop is Kastro, a medieval fortified site dating back to the 14th century that used to be the former city of Skiathos, built as protection against Turkish pirates.

Guests will then journey through the forest-like wilderness on their way to Kechria beach, known for its extraordinary fine sand and crystal-clear waters. After a refreshing dip, the journey continues to the Monastery of Kounistra, the picture-perfect Elias bay and Mandraki beach, a secluded beach only accessible by dirt roads. After time spent relaxing on the beach, the tour ends with a drive through the Mandraki pine forest on return to the hotel.

Perched on a hilltop on the Pounta Peninsula, overlooking the Aegean Sea, Elivi Skiathos opened in June 2018. Elegant and one-of-a-kind, like the rare black swan which inspired the hotel design and ethos, it is Skiathos’ most high-end hotel. The hotel was developed by father and daughter Elias and Vivi Nathanailidi and is located in an area of natural beauty beside a wildlife refuge, forest and lagoon with direct access to four of island’s best beaches. It welcomes young, old, families and couples alike.

The off-road safari with ELIVI SKIATHOS costs €69 (£62 approx.) per person with 6 guests per tour. Private tours for two people cost €400 (£359 approx.)

Rates for the 2020 season at ELIVI SKIATHOS start from €197 (£169 approx.) per night based on two people sharing a room.