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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.
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.