The site of Koukounaries is a landscape of outstanding natural beauty with aesthetical value. Τhe pine forest offers shade, alternative activities or quiet time. Located in the southern part of Skiathos and includes mainly a mixed forest with Pinus halepensis, Pinus pinea and sclerophyllous shrubs which extends up to the coastline and the lake Strofilia. The forest and lagoon Koukounaries have been named Wildlife Refuge, is under scientific research studies, have already joined the program ENVIREG Community and designated as area of total protection by the program «CORINE” & «NATURA 2000», and as a Monument of Nature and cradle of civilization belonging to zones of interest (SCIs). The forest is characterized aesthetic (Since 1977 by Presidential Decree 06/13/1977 - F.E.K.248 DI77).