Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, WiFi) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Bathroom (half bath). Cloakroom. Open tread staircase to...
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to balcony. Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to balcony.
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Shaded dining area. Sun terraces. Private parking. Washing Machine (in alcove next to barbecue).
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m).

Dating back over one hundred years, this charming country cottage has been lovingly restored. Spreading out across the verdant valley just below, wonderful rural views to the dazzling blue waters of Glysteri and Glyfoneri beaches (4km) can be admired from the pool and terraces.

With plenty of surrounding space, various appealing nooks and crannies reveal themselves, including the large covered barbecue area and adjacent dining terrace where the chequerboard-tiled table and refectory-style benches are an irresistible invitation to linger over lunch or dawdle over dinner!

A sparkling private pool beckons in the sunshine while sunloungers and a shady pergola, at the very front of the terrace, help make the most of those spectacular views.

The gentle rustic ambience continues inside where the traditionally furnished living area has an ornamental fireplace in one corner and various historic footnotes giving a respectful nod to those ancestors who dwelt there in times gone by.

Decorated in soothing tones of mocha and green, each bedroom has a set of French windows opening onto a long L-shaped balcony providing another lovely spot for breakfast or an evening aperitif whilst revelling in that sweeping uninterrupted vista of countryside and ocean.

Only 2km away, Aghios Constantinos (also called Glyfoneri) is the closest beach where a couple of simple beachside tavernas make this a pleasant destination for a lazy day doing very little... while someone else does the cooking.

Skopelos Town (3km) is the hub of the island; an unspoilt jewel of the Sporades where gleaming whitewashed houses, their red roofs adding an eye-catching splash of colour, haphazardly climb the hillsides fringing the harbour. Laid-back and friendly in equal measure, the island capital warmly welcomes all visitors to its varied selection of shops, tavernas and cafes intermingled with myriad tiny churches tucked away in the narrow streets. The oldest and most historic part of the town (Kastro) is just 2km from Glysteri and has a good supermarket as well as a celebrated taverna.

Exploring the island is a delight, the beaches of Stafylos, Kastania and Agnondas each have their own individual appeal, the port of Panormos is a quiet backwater great for people watching and, in the north, Glossa is a shining example of the timeless quality that permeates this gorgeous island. Strolling the many footpaths that trail through plum orchards, olive groves, fields of local crops and sunlight-dappled woodland rich with birdsong, the beauty, peace and tranquillity will surely refresh the most jaded of spirits.

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 Glysteri

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.

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.

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.....

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.

Bird watching

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.

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.

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.

Scenic drive

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.

Snorkelling

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 we are sure you will, too.

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)

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