Skópelos is a beautiful Greek Island, it is less commercialized than Skiathos and though more and more people are visiting the island it still holds on to its traditions and character. If you enjoy clear blue seas, waterfront tavernas, unspoilt villages watersports, walking trails and much more Skópelos may be the ideal holiday choice
for you. The island grows olives, pears and plums and almonds which are used in the local cuisine.
Skópelos (also called Hora) and Glossa are the two main towns and are among the most beautiful in the Sporades. Skópelos town’s has two quays and the harbour area is lined with tavernas, cafes, some travel agents and shops. This charming town lies in a wide semi-circular bay; you will see the small white-washed houses close together with their flowered balconies as you climb the hill above the harbour. Dotted on the slopes of the town you will see some of the islands reputed 123 churches.
As you explore the town strolling through the back streets and narrow lanes, which are surprisingly complicated, you will find a variety of shops and eateries. There are various excursions/tours available that might interest you. A resident of Skópelos, Heather Parsons runs guided walking tours, which are interesting and fun. If you would like more details try www.skopelos-walks.com which may help you decide if it is your ‘thing’. There are day cruises that depart from the New Quay you can contact the travel agencies on the waterfront for up to date information.
Skópelos’ beaches are mainly pebbled, the nearest, which is approximately 4km south-east from Skópelos town is a small sand and pebbles beach named Staphylos (Stáylos) which does get rather crowded in the high season. A short walk from here is Valanio which is usually much quieter, nudity is acknowledged on this beach.
To the west of Staphylos there is the horseshoe shaped harbour of Agnontas with a small pebble beach, and good fish tavernas. Caiques used to sail to the lovely Limnonari Beach from here. Limnonari has 300m of fine sand and pebbles in a sheltered bay; you can walk along the cliff top road it takes about 15 minutes from Agnontas.
If you are looking for a little excitement try the resort of Panormos, here there are hotels, tavernas and watersports including sea-kayaking, para sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing. The beach is gravelly and shelves fairly steeply but it does get crowded, there are some quieter inlets nearby. A little further north is Milia a popular beach location, pine trees border the beach, watersports are also available here.
Buses leave Skópelos town daily stopping near to all the main beaches, several go to Glossa as well.
Nightlife on the island tends to be late night bars many with live music rather than nightclubs, you can choose from Greek, jazz, rock etc. There are several excellent restaurants near Souvlaki Square for an evening meal. Hydrofoils depart to Alonnisos and Skiathos from Skópelos Town daily in the summer months.
Skópelos has several monasteries which are open to visitors, the monastery of Metamórfosis, this16th century monastery is the islands oldest and is uninhabited. The 18th century Evangelismou (now a convent) is well worth visiting for the breath-taking views alone.
Another visitor attraction
is the Folklore Museum collections include traditional costumes, weaving artefacts, embroidery etc.
Skópelos has natural beauty and captivating landscapes, you can choose from bustling resort areas to sheltered coves, whichever you decide you are sure to enjoy your holiday break
on the island of Skópelos.