A 'must do' on anyone's list is to mix with the locals
In any town or large village, the locals will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to have a stroll around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before deciding where to eat. It is the perfect time to people watch!
Explore the maze of higgledy-piggledy, tiny cobbled streets of Skopelos Town.
It is a real delight. For such a small town, it has everything - lots of great shops, lots of places to drink a coffee, many places to eat and an almost infinite number of small churches - over 120 at the last count. You can easily lose yourself for hours in there rummaging around!
Relax on the terrace with a glass of wine.
Drink in that view, catch up on all the books you have been meaning to read for ages or take a dip in the pool.
Indulge yourself in Skiathos!
Although Skopelos is the largest of the Sporadic islands, Skiathos is by far the busiest - thanks in the main to the fact that it has a huge amount of sandy beaches, as well as the all important airport. It also boasts some excellent restaurants, well worth the boat trip.
Go to the beach!
The beaches in Skopelos are really fantastic - crystal clear waters, with lush green pine forests coming down all the way to the back of the pebble beach. Also, as the Island does not have its own airport, it is generally very quiet so the beaches tend not to become crowded. The only sandy beach on the Island is along at Limnonari, and it is stunningly beautiful. The colours are amazing, with pine clad hills tumbling right down to the water's edge along the sides of the bay.
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.
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.
The bay at Agnondas is an excellent place for snorkelling. Not only are the waters sparklingly clean, the rocky coastline heading in the direction of Limnonari is perfectly suited for the keen snorkeller. Add to this that there are a couple of wonderful fish restaurants in the bay, then you've got all the ingredients for a brilliant day out.
Try one of the local speciality dishes
One of the many speciality dishes coming out of Skopelos is goat cooked in a lemon sauce. It really is delicious, and you can usually find this being served in one of the tavernas at the far end of the harbour front in Skopelos Town, close to the steps that lead up to the imposing church.
Dine in style...
..in the Garden restaurant in Skopelos town - perhaps the finest restaurant in Skopelos, You'll find it tucked behind the Amalia Hotel, and it's well worth a visit - you may have to make a reservation during August though.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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 favourite past time on Skopelos. 'When in Rome'...
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.
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.
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.
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