The city of Skiathos is the only settlement on the island. It is built at the southeastern part of the island in a windless bay that divides Bourtzi Island in two.
It is a relatively new settlement, built in 1829-1830 on the site of the ancient city, on two hills lying on the edge of the sea. The ancient settlement was founded in 800 BC.
The large natural port of today’s city, ideal in terms of its southern orientation and shape, has been a regulatory element of the island’s life in both older and newer years.
In modern Skiathos, the houses are simple and small, mostly two-storey, amphitheatrically, built side by side and the streets narrow without having a regular layout except for a few parts of the city.