Galazopetra

Skopelos

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, A/C). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (A/C). Twin bedroom (A/C). Shower room.
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Open and covered terraces. Washing machine. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (6m x 3.5m)

This comfortable retreat enjoys an appealing countryside setting yet is just 4km from the island capital. Skopelos offers myriad stunning views and one of the most attractive is yours to enjoy from the terrace of Galazopetra; this notable feature along with excellent facilities and a thoughtfully designed interior make the property an appealing choice for smaller parties and honeymooners in particular. Here, evenings on the terrace will prove a delight as the azure sky gradually transforms into an amateur astronomer's delight with countless glittering stars surrounded by black-velvet heavens.

From this peaceful region, green wooded slopes populated with pine, cypress, fig and olive trees extend down to Skopelos Town's whitewashed houses fringing the waterfront. The air is fresh, clear and lightly perfumed by the wild herbs and flowers which flourish in the surrounding countryside along with some remarkable bird life (previous visitors have noted kestrels, buzzards, Elenora falcons and scops owls soaring above the Kampos Valley in clear view from the terrace) while, in the distance, the dramatic headlands of neighbouring Alonissos can often be discerned through the summer heat haze.

Constructed in traditional Skopiot style, the house has been lovingly built by a charming local family to exacting specifications. Comprising carefully selected local materials, the stone façade combines pink and beige-coloured sandstone with rare shades of the attractive blue granite after which the house is named (gala" meaning blue and "petra" meaning stone). Two vast picture windows invite the splendid views into the living/dining room and highlight the clean lines and attractive pastel shades of the colour scheme. Further thoughtful touches include duck egg blue rafters and kitchen cupboards that give a traditional yet fresh twist, cleverly exposed brickwork in the living area and an eye-catching stone map of Skopelos imaginatively inlaid into one of the walls. The semi-rustic themed décor continues through to each bedroom where wooden rafters and wrought iron beds adroitly combine with subtle contemporary touches.

Tucked to one side the part-shaded dining area is ideally located next to the barbecue for a lazy lunch before heading back to your pool and sun lounger to soak up the sun (and that view!).

From Pefkias pretty lanes wind down to the harbour of Skopelos Town built at the foot of a Venetian castle and encircling a wide natural bay with a sandy beach on one side of the main harbour. A profusion of Byzantine churches are squeezed in between the shops and tavernas amidst the narrow cobbled streets. The harbour front offers bakeries and further afield Agnondas, Panormos and Kastani are all worth exploring as is Glossa in the north. Rich in green fields, olive groves and tiny churches the surrounding countryside is a paradise for walkers."

A small local taverna (Taverna Fotini) is a convenient 25m (approx) from the house and is open in Peak Season only. We would mention that when the taverna is open there is a possibility that a hum of dining/diners may be audible from the house terrace.

Villa rental includes private return taxi from Skiathos airport to the ferry port and ferry crossing to/from Skopelos.

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Great Things to Do Near Galazopetra

Go shopping in Skopelos Town

for some beautiful ceramics There are a few irresistible andexcellent 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 beenmeaning 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 inPanormos, 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 atrip 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 daywalks. Check the website www.skopelos-walks.com for more info

Visit another Island – Alonissos

The main town of the tiny island of Alonissos, Patitiri, hasmany 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 sandybeaches, as well as the all important airport. It also boasts some excellent restaurants, wellworth the boat trip.

Take a boat trip out

to see the monk seals in the marine park between Skopelos andAlonissos The protected Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) swim in the protected waters ofthis marine park. These wonderful mammals thrive in the fish infested waters around here, andalthough the local fishermen are at war with them, we still love them, and we are sure you will, too.

Drink a Greek coffee

Something you won’tbe able to do at home. There are still many of these traditional kefeneons in Skopelos, wherethe old men sit and drink their Greek coffee, play backgammon and generally keep out of thehouse 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 notblow” and is used as the rough weather port on Skopelos, when the winds are too severe toallow the boats to dock safely in the main harbour. It also has a very agreeable beach, and acouple of excellent waterfront fish tavernas, where you can easily spend a couple of hoursenjoying the “perfect” fish lunch. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

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.

Scenic drive

With the Island being so tiny, it's possible to drive around it in a day. Well worthdoing early on in your holiday, so that you can pin-point places that you would like to return toagain later on during your stay. Leaving Skopelos town, head for Stafylos then north pastAgnondas, Limnonari, Panormos, Milia, Kastani, Old Klima and Loutraki before arriving inthe 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.

Snorkelling

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 ofSkopelos is goat cooked in a lemon sauce. It really is delicious, and you can usually find thisbeing served in one of the tavernas at the far end of the harbour front in Skopelos town, closeto the steps that lead up to the imposing church.

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Skiathos 90 mins
Times are approximate

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