Holidays to Aghia Paraskevi are bursting with small-town charm, lush greenery and laidback swimming spots in the glistening Aegean Sea.

Secluded secret

Aghia Paraskevi's a sweet little village on the southern coast of Skiathos, known for its lush surroundings. The shores of this Greek island getaway are fringed by eucalyptus trees, which perfume the air with a subtle fresh scent. Breath deep, relax and unwind in the slower pace of life.

Night swimming

Scuba centres in nearby Skiathos Town – 10 minutes' drive away – can set you up for a diving trip off the shores of Aghia Paraskevi. If you've never dived before, book a beginner's class. Multi-coloured marine life's abundant and the underwater visibility's astonishing – even after dark when the nocturnal sea critters emerge.

Easygoing evenings

The nightlife in Aghia Paraskevi's laidback and low key. Tavernas on the main road have traditional open kitchens so you can watch the experts at work. After your meal, take a stroll next door to the bars of Platanias for a couple of glasses of retsina – a local favourite wine.

Saint's day

Legend has it that St Paraskevi, who gave the village its name, miraculously cured someone's blindness. Every year in the middle of summer, celebrations in his name start with a candlelit ceremony. Then the party begins – live music, dancing and more food than you could ever eat.

At a Glance

  • Sunbathe on shores shaded by eucalyptus trees
  • Spend lazy evenings in a local restaurant
  • Scuba dive by night and see a whole new underwater world