Ouranos

Skopelos

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Split-level living area (A/C, TV, DVD, WiFI) with doors to pool terrace. Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Bathroom (spa bath, washing machine).
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C, TV, DVD) with large balcony.
  • Studio: Open plan living area (A/C, WiFi) with balcony. Kitchenette (small hob, microwave, fridge, sink). Twin beds*. Shower room.
  • Outside: Covered dining terrace/summer kitchen with in built barbecue, bread/pizza oven, sink. Sun terrace. Gated private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m)

Just 3km from Skopelos Town, fringed by the verdant wooded hillsides of Raches, this impressive stone-fronted property offers space, comfort, excellent privacy and panoramic 180° views across the valley to Glysteri Beach and the sea. A picturesque haven of tranquillity and a lovely choice for one/two couples or a family with older children, Ouranos comprises two individual, self-contained buildings just a few steps apart from each other across an entrance courtyard.

Recently refurbished, the elegantly decorated interior boasts an harmonious combination of modern touches alongside traditional Skopiot styling and architectural features. Exposed stonework, varnished floorboards, a handcrafted wood-beamed ceiling and an ornamental fireplace in the bedroom are all classic examples of the age-old craftsmanship so treasured on this island.

Generously proportioned both inside and out, guests will find no shortage of space in which to relax.

The living accommodation throughout is welcoming and airy; completely self-contained, the studio has a kitchenette, sitting area, an en suite shower room and the option of preparing the sleeping area as a twin or double. In the main house the ground floor is attractively split over two levels with access directly out to the sunny pool terrace while the entire first floor is given over to bedroom space plus a large balcony.

To one side, the impressive covered barbecue/dining area is a particular highlight superbly suited to al fresco summer living. Wide sun terracing fringes the pool providing not just an invitation to indolence but also the ideal vantage point for admiring those ‘wow’ views across to the west coast of Alonissos silhouetted against the horizon.

While secluded and serene, Ouranos is only a few kilometres’ drive from several beaches and all amenities including the many excellent restaurants of Skopelos Town. The nearest beach, Glysteri, is a keyhole-shaped pebble bay about a 15 minute drive from the house (or a short ride round the headland on the seasonal sea-taxi from Skopelos Town) and where, reputedly, the sea water is much less salty than normal due to the abundance of underwater springs! The sandy beach of Limnonari is a 25 minute drive where you will find two tavernas and incredible views as well as a separate swimming pool on the shore’s edge.

Please note: *The twin beds in the studio can be prepared as a double on request – please ask at time of booking.
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 Ouranos

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, and it’s well worth the effort.

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.

Sip wine in one of the waterfront tavernas

As many other people do! For such a small 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.

Drink coffee in a traditional kafeneon (Greek coffee shop)

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 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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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