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, with the Island not having its own airport, it is generally very quiet so the beaches are never very crowded. Stafylos is a lovely pebbly beach, and it’s only a 4km drive out of Skopelos Town. There are some steep steps down to this sheltered bay, and it’s well worth the effort.
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.
Sip wine in one of the waterfront tavernas
As many other people do! For such a small island, with such a small population, you’ll be surprised at how many lovely waterfront cafes there are here on Skopelos. Try a different one every day during your stay.
Drink coffee in a traditional kafeneon (Greek coffee shop)
Something you won’t be able to do at home. There are still many of these traditional kefeneons in Skopelos, where the old men sit and drink their Greek coffee, play backgammon and generally keep out of the house long enough till their wives have cleaned up and prepared their dinner!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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