Experiment with preparing your own 'ouzo meze'
.. and sit on the terrace and just soak up the views! There is a selection of ouzos to choose from. My favourite one is Plomari, but it's best that you select the one that takes your eye (as the bottle designs vary considerably). As for the Meze, there is no rule with this, you simply use up all the bits and pieces from the fridge.
If you love jazz
..visit one of the classy jazz bars located in one of the back streets of Skopelos Town. Merkourios is one of the best ones, and if you are lucky to get a table with a view as well, then you are in for the perfect evening.
Drink a tsiporou or two and then go for a siesta.
Similar to ouzo, this aniseed based liquor is very strong and is generally drunk at lunchtime with a small meze. After a “couple” it is then wise to go and lie down for a while, to allow the effects to wear off. This is a very popular drink, and a very popular past time on Skopelos. When in Rome.....
Agnondas for lunch is a 'must do'
Agnondas roughly translates into “where the wind does not blow” and is used as the rough weather port on Skopelos, when the winds are too severe to allow the boats to dock safely in the main harbour. It also has a very agreeable beach, and a couple of excellent waterfront fish tavernas, where you can easily spend a couple of hours enjoying the “perfect” fish lunch. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
Ornithologists will love exploring the island doing a spot of bird watching. This delightful small island is both very hilly and very green, and there are many interesting birds to be spotted here throughout the season, including the Scops owl, Kingfisher, Eagles, Buzzards and Falcons - enough to whet the appetite of any keen bird watcher.
Visit the amazing monasteries of Meteora
These fascinating monasteries, perched high up on the rocks are an incredible sight, scene of the James Bond movie ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ It is a long journey to see these unusual monasteries, but they are unique and we recommend that you make the effort. You won’t be disappointed.
Visit another island for the day - Alonissos
The main town of the tiny island of Alonissos, Patitiri, has many nice shops and cafes. It is a very short trip over on the hydrofoil, and well worth a visit.
With the Island be so tiny, it’s possible to drive around the Island in a day. Well worth doing early on in your holiday, so that you can pin-point places that you would like to return to again later on during your stay. Leaving Skopelos town, head for Stafylos then north past Agnondas, Limnonari, Panormos, Milia, Kastani, Old Klima and Loutraki before arriving in the northern village of Glossa. From Glossa, head back south again, via Agios Ioannis.
For the able bodied amongst you, the walk (or should I say climb) down to Adrina beach is well worth the effort, as it’s truly stunning. And extremely quiet, thanks to its isolated location. There are a couple of nice nooks and crannies at the far end of the bay, towards Milia that make for great exploring and octopus fishing.
Go hill walking along the many trails.
There are a couple of very good walking books, packed with walks suiting walkers of all abilities. They range from 1 hour walks, to full day walks. Check the website www.skopelos-walks.com for more info
Glossa is a charming hill top village
commanding magnificent views. Found in the north of the Island, this village has retained all its old fashioned charm and traditional ways of living. “Where time has stood still” would accurately describe the way of life up here. Well worth a trip up to see for yourself.
Visit Skiathos for a day
Take the early morning flying dolphin (hydrofoil) over to Skiathos, and get the last one back in the evening. This will give you more than enough time to wander around the lovely shopping streets of Skiathos Town, and to take a bus or a taxi to one of the many fine beaches on the island in the middle of the day.
Spend a day out on the sea in your own motor boat
Always a great day out, and something all the family will enjoy. The only place on the Island that you can rent out motorboats is in Panormos, so either get there early in the day, or make a reservation.
Take a boat trip out to see the monk seals
in the marine park between Skopelos and Alonissos.The protected Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) swim in the protected waters of this marine park. These wonderful mammals thrive in the fish infested waters around here, and although the local fishermen are at war with them, we still love them, and I’m sure you will to.
How many churches can you find in the town?
There are 120+ of them in Skopelos Town alone. Makes for a fun day out, trying to find as many as you can, before retiring into one of the many tempting cafes along the harbour front, (or straying into one of the many excellent gift shops)
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