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Drive... around Skopelos in one day,easy to do as the island is small but perfectly formed! Do it early on in your holiday and you can pin-point places to return to during your stay. Leaving Skopelos town,head for Stafylos then north past Agnondas, Limnonari, Panormos, Milia, Kastani, Old Klima and finally Loutraki, before arriving in Glossa. Head back south via Agios Ioannis, a beautiful monastery perched high on a rock above the sea and famously used as the wedding location in the Mama Mia movie!

Sail... out to see monk seals in their natural habitat, now a marine park. Trips leave regularly from Skopelos Town to visit these delightful creatures frolicking in the protected waters between Skopelos and Alonissos. Thriving in the fish infested seas that surround the islands, the monk seals may not be best friends with the local fishermen... but everyone else seems to love them!

How... many churches can you find in the town? There are 120+ of them in Skopelos Town alone, so exploring every alleyway in the labyrinth maze of tiny back streets, trying to find as many as you can is absolutely necessary. It is also a great excuse for straying into one of the many excellent gift shops or partaking of pungent ouzo in a tempting café bar along the harbour front.


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Skopelos, Greece Area Information


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A tranquil island inhabited by warm, hospitable locals with a profusion of orchards and a seemingly infinite number of churches and monasteries. Skopelos is the largest of the pretty Sporades islands.

Skopelos is a walker's paradise with numerous marked trails and routes. Many a pleasant hour can be spent rambling through the abundance of olive groves and plum orchards that are strewn all over this fertile island.

Bathed in the early evening sunlight, Skopelos Town's cobbled streets and whitwashed façades are incredibly impressive and a therapeutic sight for jaded senses. At this lovely time of day why not accompany the friendly locals, who can be found relaxing and 'people watching' in the charming harbour front tavernas, 'kafenions' and 'ouzeries' that spread out their tables under the plane trees.

Skopelos Town is one of the most picturesque and unspoilt harbour towns in all of Greece, behind the lovely harbour awaits a maze of cobbled streets and alleyways which conceal over 120 individual churches and monasteries. Some of the most interesting to visit are Zoodochos Pigi, the dramatic 18th Century church of Panagia Eleftherotria and the Episkopi, a fortified Venetian monastery abandoned incomplete when the Ottomans invaded.

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Just above the town, Mount Palouki is home to the church of Evangelistria, which clings to the rocky hillside enjoying magnificent views.

The island's sand and pebble 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, both Milia and Kastani boast vast stretches of tree-lined pebble, sand and spectacular crystal clear waters while the tiny pine clad islet of Dasia just a short distance away, offers an idyllic setting.

Glossa, Skopelos' second town, benefits from a stunning position high over the sea. This unspoilt, picturesque village simply oozes charm. A short drive from Glossa, on the east coast brings you to the picture postcard monastery of Agios Ioannis, perched high on rocks that jut out over the Aegean Sea (location for the famous wedding scene in the movie 'Mama Mia!').

Nearby Agios Taxiarchon is also well worth a visit, as is the amazing Gourouni Cape at the most northern tip of the island and home to a handsome lighthouse. There are also several beautiful beaches nearby including Perivolio and Hondros Georgos.

Skopelos Area Information - click here to view villas in Skopelos

Local Cuisine

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!

Saints' days

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.

Climate

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.

Getting there

As Skopelos does not have its own airport all flights arrive to the neighbouring island of Skiathos. At time of going to press the best choice of charter flights are from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester with Newcastle and Luton also served. We offer a transfer service from Skiathos airport to the ferry port and onward to Skopelos included in the rental rate.