Kanapitsa beach is a narrow sandy beach on the east coast of the Kalamaki peninsula in the south of Skiathos
island, it’s just south of Tzaneria Beach
and not far from Vromolimnos Beach
either. It’s around 7km from the capital Skiathos Town
which would take roughly 15 minutes to drive.
To get to Kanapitsa beach you can get the bus, jump off at stop 12 and take the 15 minute walk along the coastal road. Alternatively, you can use the water taxi that runs to and from Skiathos Town. If you have a hire car or quad bike then there’s a good sized car park so you can easily drive yourself there.
The beach itself is made up of slightly coarse sand and backed by pine trees, it’s set in a beautiful bay and is ok for kids as they can play in the shallows safely. The only problem is that the area is often windy so the waves might be a bit much for the very young or particularly weak swimmers.
Kanapitsa beach has a good selection of tourist facilities including a taverna for refreshments, sun beds and umbrellas to hire as well as water sports including pedalos, canoes, boat hire and other more high octane activities like wake boarding and water skiing. There’s also a beach volleyball net set up so if you and your friends need to burn off some energy you can have a game.
With Kanapitsa beach being quite narrow it can feel a bit tightly packed around the loungers and busy even though it’s not one of the most popular beaches, the northern end gets shaded quite early in the day due to the hills and trees behind so this is best avoided if you want to bask in the sunshine all day but can be a good option for those that don’t like to stay in the sun for too long.