Many visitors think this is the prettiest island of the
Sporades, or even Greece, since the buildings are old and white,
with huge bougainvillea and flowerpots, it's full of churches
and it is completely covered with forest. The landscape is
dramatic, with high mountains and deep valleys. The island is
composed of two rock massifs of unequal size. A narrow plain
that runs from the bay of Skopelos, the capital, south to Cape
Stafilos, separates the two parts. The smaller, eastern part is
very steep and inaccessible. The summit of the cliffs, is
Palouki, the maximum height is 567 m. Skopelos located very near
to Alonissos and
Skiathos. Around Skopelos there are
the small islands of Mikro and agios Geoorgios
The capital, Chora, is quite big but very quiet and clean. Most beaches on the island are pebble beaches, and it is a good idea to rent a vehicle to get around. The town of Skopelos is a traditional island town with characteristic architecture and beautiful streets. It has been declared as a heritage settlement. The countryside and the entire island is full of old traditional churches
Skopelos has been marketed by most major tour operators as a quiet island best suited for couples and families. This is not completely true, since there are many bars and quite a few clubs on the island. It is not a place for partying all day and all night, but there is quite a good nightlife in a jazzy, sophisticated way.
The locals work with agriculture and tourism, and there are also fishermen. Because there is a big photograph exhibition here every summer the island gets quite cosmopolitan, with photographers and visitors from all over Greece and the rest of the world.
Skopelos means "rocky" which is a good description for this
mountainous island. The name has changed through history, for
example it was called Peparithos in ancient times.
We do not know who where the first inhabitants of the island, but tradition has it that the island was first occupied by Cretans in Minoan times. According to mythology, prince Stafylos was the son of Ariadne and Theseus or the god Dionysus and supposedly came to Skopelos and settled with his people. His name means "grape", and the island has been known since ancient times as a great wine producer. An ancient tomb in the Staphylos area is believed by many to have belonged to the king. Just like the neighbouring islands, Skopelos was to fall both under Athenian, Spartan and Macedonian rule, as well as Roman.
When the Romans were approaching in the 2nd century BC, the
Macedonian king Philip III destroyed much of the island so the
Romans wouldn't get anything. Even so, the Romans invaded, but
left Skopelos pretty much alone as long as it paid its taxes.|
In the 13th century the Sporadic islands were conquered by the Venetians and in the 16th century the Turks invaded and ruled it. There were also many pirate attacks and the people tried to seek refuge in the many churches they built.
What to see
In Chora you can visit the folklore
museum or take a walk in the old town. Starting from the
left end of the harbour facing the sea, there are some
steps leading all the way up to the old fortress. The
climb is beautiful, with many little churches and old
houses. On the other side of the bay is a nunnery
dedicated to the Virgin Mary you can visit, if dressed
The island has 360 churches. The reason for this is debated. According to local legend, when the catastrophe of Asia Minor happened in 1921, the Greek population of Turkey threw their icons into the sea to save them from the oppressors. The icons floated across the Aegean sea to Skopelos, and for each icon found a church was built. Another theory has to do with the many pirate raids and Turkish attacks that the island suffered. The enemies were usually Moslem, but even though they were considered harsh barbarians, they respected the holy ground of the Christians. Therefore many churches were built so the people would have a hideout whenever the island was attacked. The poet Nirvanas came from this island, and his house is still to be seen.
You can also go to Glossa, a village that brings Santorini to mind, being built on a steep hill facing the sea. From here you can see Skiathos.
What to do
: There are
watersports on some of the beaches and renting a car is a good
idea. You can also go on guided walks where you will see old
farmhouses and stop at little churches and wells. The nightlife
is to be found in Skopelos town. Every summer there is also a
huge photo exhibition not to be missed.
There are boattrips to the neighbouring islands Skiathos and Alonissos. You can go on a daycruise through the National Marine park and if you're lucky you'll see dolphins or seals..
Just about all beaches on Skopelos are pebble beaches except Limnonari. You can take a small boat to Glisteri. Nudists go to Velanio..
The nightlife is to be found in Chora, Skopelos' town. Most of the places are very small and can be found both in the harbour and in the little winding streets. In the evening Chora becomes lively with its many taverns and little bars everywhere. The shops stay open until late, and the atmosphere is wonderful. There is also a disco in Glossa.
There is a a special cheese pie on Skopelos that is definitely worth a try. It is quite big and rich and should be absolutely fresh. The local walnut pie is another specialty, and is usually taken with ice-cream
Most shops of Skopelos are to be found in Chora and there are many small shops with clothes, jewellery and beautiful ceramics..
There are quite good bus connections with the beaches and Glossa, but because Skopelos is such a steep island, you often have to walk the last bit. There are also taxis and places to rent cars and bikes.
:There is no airport on Skopelos. Most charterflights land on Skiathos, and from there you get the hydrofoil (c. 45 min to Chora) or ferryboat (c.1,5 h to Chora). You can also get to Scopelos by ferry from Volos and Ag Konstantinos on the mainland.
Dionysos Hotel Skopelos Town. The Dionysos Hotel is located on the top of a hill with magnificent views over the bay of Skopelos.This hotel is tastefully designed in traditional style with beautiful gardens. The hotel has a large pool with restaurant and bar and a spacious terrace where you can sit in comfort and enjoy great views over the bay. The Hotel Dionysos has conference facilities and you can organise several events. In Dionysus you will find non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, restaurant, garden restaurant and bar. Tel:+302424023210
Selenounda Hotel Loutraki, Skopelos. Located on the hillside overlooking the sea and port. It offers spacious apartments with all modern amenities and fully equipped kitchen. All rooms have balconies with wonderful sea views. This charming family-run hotel offering a high level of service. The hotel offers free parking and is just meters away from the port which is very convenient for visiting other nearby islands, including Skiathos. Tel:+30 2424 0 34 073
Hotel Delpfi Rezort Elios, Neo Klima, Skopelos.
The Delphi Rezort located a few meters from the sandy beach in a quiet location surrounded by pine forests. All air conditioned rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished to a high modern standard. The beautiful garden and the terrace is ideal to relax and really enjoy your holiday. There is a large outdoor pool with bar where you can also eat homemade food. The hotel specializes in weddings. Apart from the local beach, there are many beautiful beaches just a short drive from the hotel, as Milia, Kastani and others. Tel:+302424033788
Adrina Beach Hotel Rezort - Panormos
In the center of Skopelos you will find Hotel Adrina Beach. This charming family-run hotel has everything needed for a perfect holiday. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Aegean, its own private beach Beach bar, beautiful gardens and its own restaurant where you can taste fresh sea food and other culinary delights. There is a large outdoor pool with fresh water and also a jacuzzi and spa. In the hotel there are 24 hours reception, newspapers, restaurant and bar, chapel, luggage storage, air conditioning, gym, playground. Tel:+30 210 68 26 886
Skopelos Village Hotel
The hotel offers 35 beautifully designed apartments in an architectural style that characterizes the Sporades islands. Inside the apartments are tastefully decorated in a fresh, contemporary style and furnished with everything you need to make your stay relaxing and comfortable. Skopelos Village hotel lies just 600 meters from the port of Skopelos and the city center. If you have not visited the island before you will be amazed by the natural beauty, forests, trees and the sea. If your dream vacation is to escape from everyday life on an island where you can find peace and tranquility, then Skopelos you will
Size: 96 sq. km
International code: 0030
Population: about 5500
Local code: 24240
Cash machine: Yes
Health center: 22222
Internet cafe: Yes
Coast guard: 22180
Post office: 33555
Tour Operators:Libra, JMC, Apollo, Ving
Telephone company (OTE):