Skiathos is the most developed and cosmopolitan island of the North Sporades complex. Its pine-fringed coastline is laced with 60 beaches that are among the best in the Mediterranean. The town of Skiathos is a sophisticated place, featuring whitewashed houses with red tiled roofs and colorful balconies filled with flowers. The waterfront is dotted with cafes and restaurants and a lively marketplace. At Burtzi, the small, green peninsula that separates the harbor in two, there are the remains of an old fortress as well as a cultural center. Deeper inland, visitors can find picturesque monasteries, hidden valleys and secluded coves. The island is quite famous for its nightlife, offering a wide selection of bars and nightclubs covering all tastes.