The island's beaches are irresistible: visit Stafylos, a popular family beach close to Skopelos Town, or the fine pebble beach at Agnondas, whose dense, verdant pine forests provide a stunningly beautiful backdrop. Considered one of the best beaches on the island, Limnonari is a broad crescent of white sand and smooth sandstone rocks, while nearby Panormos is a beach with a view! A magnificent, naturally protected bay, it was once the site of an ancient city and sections of the old town wall still remain today. Just around the headland, are the beaches of Milia and Kastani, while the tiny pine clad islet of Dasia, just a short distance away, offers an idyllic setting.
There are also several beautiful beaches near to the picture postcard monastery of Agios Ioannis, including Perivolio and Hondros Georgos.
Kafenions (small traditional cafés) are commonplace around the villages of Skopelos. Most are frequented by men drinking their Greek coffee or frappe playing cards or backgammon or simply arguing about politics or football – a favourite pastime in Greece! We highly recommend the Skopiot cheese pie, found in the bakeries on the harbour front – delicious!
Since all the Greek Orthodox churches are named after saints, everyone will visit their local church on its 'name' day. The larger churches will celebrate with a lively Paniyiri (festival) on its specific Saint's day, where loud music will be played and food and drink will be served late into the night.
The Sporades Islands enjoy a stable, maritime climate with warm summers and a welcome, fairly constant breeze. Sea temperatures are usually comfortable enough for a swim even during low season months.