Overview

Introduction

Skopelos is a lovely, much underrated island, and a rewarding one to discover. still very much a working island, it has a more ‘Greek’ flavour than its glamorous neighbour Skiathos, and a slower pace of life. Strong traditions and considerable beauty, combined with its delightful town and relaxed atmosphere, make Skopelos an island to savour.


With limited development, the largest of our featured islands in the Sporades group remains beautifully green and wooded, with pine, oak and plane trees hiding some fine beaches along the sheltered west coast.

Skopelos Town is one of the most characterful island ports in Greece. Strict building and preservation orders have kept it colourful, clean and neat with narrow, climbing streets, countless tiny chapels (over one hundred in all!), and houses linked by bridges in the special architecture of the sporades. Mulberry trees line the waterfront and shade numerous cafés and restaurants. Skopelos Town also has some good quality shops selling local crafts.

 As well as offering a really relaxing holiday in friendly and attractive surroundings, Skopelos affords excellent walking, perhaps taking in a monastery or two (the countryside is dotted with historic churches and monasteries, three of which are still inhabited). There is, too, the (unexcavated) grave of a Cretan king of Minoan times overlooking Stafilos Bay.

Alternatively, rent a mountain bike – ideal for exploring and getting off the beaten track - or try your hand at sea kayaking from Elios. An enjoyable day out can also be had by boat to the national Marine park in nearby Alonissos.

There are some very good beaches to choose from, most of them on the sheltered west coast and easily reached from Skopelos Town by bus or hire car. They range from tiny secluded coves (generally shingle) to long stretches of white pebbles or sand/shingle, such as popular Stafilos Bay 4 kms from the port, or Kastani with its fashionably chilled beach club. The sea is sparklingly clear, the swimming excellent.

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Getting there

Friday day flight Gatwick or Manchester to Skiathos (Note: inbound flight to Gatwick operates via Volos and the inbound flight to Manchester operates via Kavala). Then c 1 hour by scheduled Flying Cat or ferry. (Note: there may be some waiting time at the port). Should ferry schedules remain as last year there is an early morning departure from the island.

Multi-Centre

Why not combine Skopelos with Skiathos and / or Alonissos.

Car Hire

We can arrange car hire for you on Skopelos.

Representative

Our resident representative is based in Skopelos Town. Visits all areas.

Things to do on Skopelos

Things to do in Skopelos


Walking, mountain biking and kayaking

Feeling active?  This is the perfect island, with many walking trails and small country roads to explore, uphill and down – with hiking into the mountainous interior for those who seek a challenge.  Old donkey paths, which are cobbled (“kalderimi”) are plentiful and form a network of linked paths.   And the sea, with the clearest of water gurgling over pebble close to shore, and see-through right to the bottom in the little fjord-like inlets, is just made for sea kayaking.

Organised sea kayaking excursions operate from Elios in the north of the island, small groups escorted on the water for a day or a half day.  It’s a great way to explore the island and to enjoy some simple exercise at the same time, and there’s plenty of time allowed for swimming and snorkeling too.

Day Excursions

Why not visit nearby Alonissos for a change of scene once you’ve explored Skopelos itself? Just 20 minutes away by ferry, it’s an easy day trip – and you also have the option of boarding a boat for a tour of the National Marine Park, in which Alonissos is located (Note: Excursions to Alonissos operate throughout the entire season).  Sightings may include the rare monk seal, a protected species, dolphins and more.  The Sporades are renowned for their birdlife, including falcons and eagles amongst others. Binoculars will come in useful, we’re sure, as will a camera with a good zoom feature.

If you hire a car, you’ll have the freedom to explore the roads of Alonissos (more dirt tracks than tarmac, it must be said, so you’ll have to limit your speed – but the bonus is that you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery and vistas of blue seas far more if you are savouring the views, rather than rushing around).   Beware of rounding a corner and finding a herd of goats sprawled over the road – they seem to like the warmth of sun-toasted tarmac on which to relax their bellies and chew the cud!

This is the island on which much of Mamma Mia was filmed – remember that little church atop a hill and all those steps, where the wedding was scheduled to be held?  Yes, it’s here.  You’ll recognise some of the beaches, too (although the church clock featured is actually on Skiathos, and some of the scenes were filmed on the nearby Pelion peninsula).

Locals know all the locations and all the stories – many of them were extras in the film, and they enjoy a certain sense of celebrity as a result.  Certainly, the film has brought more tourism to the island, not to mention a Russian oligarch determined to impress his bride by acting out some of the scenes of the film, complete with costumes!  He wanted perfection, which is difficult to replicate when the film featured three separate locations in total.  By the time he’d raced up the steps to the church, allegedly he needed a shower and a change of clothes before he could enjoy his wedding breakfast at a nearby taverna!

Holiday Tip:  Don’t forget how hot it can become in the summer months.  Always take a light top with long sleeves so that you can cover up if necessary, make sure you are well protected with sun tan cream, a hat and sunglasses, and take plenty of water with you.

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Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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