Overview of Skopelos
Skopelos is one of the greenest Greek islands and certainly proud of it. Nature is truly breathtaking in Skopelos, with virgin pine forests, olive trees, plum and almond orchards, as well as over sixty miles of coastline. The island’s sheltered, pebbly and sandy beaches with azure clean waters are its main attraction.
Skopelos is also a place of great ecological importance: its northeastern part belongs to the North Sporades National Marine Park –the biggest in Europe- together with Alonissos and nearby islets. Skopelos became worldwide famous because of the movie Mamma Mia!, which was partly filmed here, but happily enough never gave in to mass tourism. It offers more than satisfactory facilities, easy-going nightlife and relaxing atmosphere.
The island’s two major settlements -the town (“Chora”) and Glossa at the north- seem unchanged by time. Skopelos’ town is amphitheatrically protected inside a bay. Its architecture combines influences by the Venetian, neoclassical and Aegean style. It features stone mansions, cobbled streets, white houses with red roofs and courtyards, a bustling waterfront, the old district Kastro (aka Castle), 120 churches and many many steps to move around and explore. Hill-top Glossa, on the other hand, is just as picturesque, with castle ruins, two-story houses and fantastic views. Images such as these might seem typical of Greek islands, but in Skopelos they become even more authentic, thanks to its down to earth, honest charm.
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Things to see & do
: Surrounded by pine trees, this beach has fine sand and crystalline waters to swim in. 9.0 : One of the island’s most beautiful, popular –and crowded- beaches, organized, sandy and pebbly. 9.0 : Impressive seaside with white pebbles, sand, aquamarine waters and a beach bar. Also, young people’s favorite. 9.0 : Small cove with pebbles, blue-green waters, organized and relatively quiet. Nearby you can see the Cave of Tripiti. 8.0 : Lovely waters, sand and pebbles. It’s near the town and partly organized. 8.0 : A nudist beach, quiet and not organized – natural and carefree ambience. 8.0
: Glossa, Greek cuisine 9.0 : Chora, Greek cuisine 9.0 : Loutraki, Greek cuisine 8.0 : Chora, Greek cuisine 8.0 : Agnontas, Greek cuisine 8.0
: Visit Loutraki and Agnonas, the island’s two other ports. Loutraki lies below Glossa. It’s a small fishing village and former important Roman town, with roman baths relics, tavernas and a lovely beach. In the traditionally looking port of Agnontas, you will see boats, yachts and some very good fish restaurants. 9.0 : Remember the chapel in Mamma Mia!?. Set in a marvelous landscape, Agios Ioannis is built at the top of a huge rock stuck into the sea in Kastri, offering great views, especially in sunset. Below lies the beach of Kastri, a small, quiet sandy cove. 9.0 : Boat day-trips to Alonisos and Skiathos, to “meet” the neighboring islands of Skopelos. 9.0 : They are ancient carved tombs located at the top of Mountain Karia, the highest point of the island. The access is difficult (requires 30 minutes of hiking), but the view is totally worth it, as from there you can see islands Alonissos, Evia, Skiathos and mainland resort Pelion. 8.0 : 18th century Moni Evangelistrias, 16th century Moni Metamorfosis and 17th century Moni Prodromou are ideal for sightseeing. 8.0 : Taste the traditional “strifti” cheese pie, as well as Skopelos’ prunes and local wine. Honey and olives are also delicious. 7.0
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