Often referred to as Platanias beach after the name of the nearest village, Agia Paraskevi is a long sandy strip located on the south coast of Skiathos.
It lies off the south coast road about nine kilometres from Skiathos Town between Troulos to the west and Kolios beach to the east.
Platanias village lies at the head of the long Platanias Valley near bus stops 15 and 16 and where a small stream runs right down to the beach at Agia Paraskevi.
The valley is home to many holiday apartments and small hotels and most visitors have a pleasant five to ten-minute walk along quiet roads down to the beach.
There are tavernas, snack bars and mini markets provide provisions both near the beach and at Platanias village and hotels are happy to have non-residents use their swimming pools.
The sands at Agia Paraskevi are soft and clean and shelve gently into the sea so its a popular beach for visitors with young children while pine trees sweep right down to the shore offering some natural shade.
Several beach tavernas open in the summer and there are good facilities at the Skiathos Princess Hotel which backs onto the sands.
There are good watersports here with a diving school, waterskiing and paragliding as well as daily boat excursions.
The Church of Agia Paraskevi lies beneath a huge plane tree and a major island festival is held there in June.