Sip wine in one of the harbours
...as many other people do! For a tiny 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.
With the Island being so tiny, it's possible to drive around it 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.
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, but it’s well worth the effort.
The walk (or should we 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.
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.
Go shopping in Skopelos Town
for some beautiful ceramics There are a few irresistible and excellent ceramic shops in Skopelos Town, and everything is made locally on the island.
Relax on the sun terrace
with a glass of wine. Catch up on all the books you have been meaning to read for ages or take a dip in the pool
Spend a day at sea
with 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.
Glossa is a charming hill top village
with magnificent commanding 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
Visit another Island – 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.
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.
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 too.
Drink a Greek coffee
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 over 120 churches in Skopelos Town alone. Making for a fun day out, try to find as many as you can, before retiring into one of the many tempting cafes along the harbour front (or straying into a tempting gift shop)
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.
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