Troulos - Koukounaries Beach - Mandraki Beach walk on Skiathos.
The following is a Troulos to Koukounaries Beach walk going along a lovely wooded track then via a coastal track via Krifi Amos to Mandraki Beach - walking distance is around 16km.
Starting from bus stop 20 at Troulos Bay walk uphill on the coastal road which goes towards Koukounaries - just after passing bus stop 21 take a concrete track on the right
next to a large cream coloured municipal building. The track climbs for a while then undulates to reach a main 4-way track junction. Go sharp left and start descending - the views are really good. This track flattens a bit more after a while and becomes quite shaded as it goes through lovely pine trees.
Eventually the track comes out at the main coastal road. Turn right heading down hill and after about 400 metres take a small road on the left which leads to the harbour and beach.
The easiest and nicest way to walk (rather than walk the beach itself) is to take the narrow sandy track which goes along between the beach and the lake. At the far end of Koukounaries beach you come out by the bus terminal - go right along the main road soon passing the nice little church of Aghia Eleni.
Shortly after the church take a tarmac road on the left - this goes uphill then just past the top of the hill take the dirt coastal road on the right which is signed to Krifi Amos.
Follow the dirt road round as it more or less hugs the coast - eventually passing Krifi Amos Beach (there is a good path down to this beach and also a taverna available).
Stay on the road to eventually reach a sign pointing to Mandraki Beach. This is a really nice beach which is set in under small cliffs - there is a taverna here plus you can hire beach chairs and sun umbrellas or of course go to either end of the beach if you fancy some nude sunbathing and swimming.
Return back to the main coastal dirt road - turn left - keep straight across at the first track junction and then at the next junction turn right to climb up a little to a track fork. Go left here and follow this tree-lined track for around 1km to reach another track junction
Go right and now stay on this main track - ignoring any left and right joining tracks - walking across the island to eventually arrive back at the main coastal road near Troulos Bay.
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