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THE BEACHES AND NATURIST BEACHES OF THE ISLAND OF SKOPELOS IN GREECE

The island of Skopelos is known for its long beaches, clear seawater and small bays surrounded by pine tree forests. Most of the beaches are situated at the southwestcoast of the island. The better known beaches are Panormos and Milia. The area around the island is attractive for people that have a boat. The island has many idyllic bays with fine sandbeaches or pebble beaches that can only be reached in this way.

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There is only one good road and a good bus service that visits the rest of the island. Most of the stops are at the bays where the beaches are to be found. Stafilos is the most crowded one of these beaches, also because it is on a 4 kilometer walking distance of Skopelos Town. Stafilos is a sandbeach set in a sheltered bay. South of Stafilos is the naturist beach of Velonia. You can reach Velonia by a path that leads from Stafilos beach. It is not so touristically developped and it is divided in a part where you can rent parasols and sunbeds and a part where you just put your towel in the sand.

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In the next village, the small village of Agnontas with its fish restaurants and some accommodations, there is a village beach and also a possibility to walk to the next beach (or take a wooden boat to) Limnonari, which is at a 900 meter distance in a very well protected bay. Here the water in the sea is almost always very quiet. The bay is a very beautiful color of turqoise. Every now and then a larger (cargo)ship will make a stop in Agnontas because it is also a small harbour. Agnontas is a real pebble beach, with small white pebbles and no sand, and this is the reason why the sun gives the entire bay this beautiful greenish blue colour. In Limnonari there are umbrellas and sunbeds that you can make use of when you order something in the tavern to which they belong. The beach is mostly sandy and in my opinion it is one of the nicer beaches in this part of the island.

Panormas beach is populair with windsurfers. The water here is quite steep. Panormas is set in a beautiful natural setting and this place is one of the best places to enjoy a sunset. In the village of Panormas there are a couple of hotels and some rooms for rent. Next to Panormos beach is the beach (or small beaches) of Linarakia, situated between Andrines and Panormos beach. There is a small path leading to the beach a few meters after Panormos beach. You can also reach Linarakia through a small path leading from Panormos beach. Behind it are the two small beaches of Adrines.

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The next beach, Milia, at 21 kilometer distance of Skopelos Town, is more quiet and it consists of sand and small pebbles. Milia is concidered to be the most beautiful beach of the island and it is surrounded by pine tree forests. It is quite large. For a video that I have made of Milia Beach - click here. Next to Milia is the smaller beach of Kastani. This is a sandy beach which is, with the exception of a small part, almost completely covered in luxury sunbeds and umbrellas. There is a large tavern on the beach and a parking. Along the main route from Kastani to the village of Elios you will pass three beaches that are dificult to reach and some smaller ones, amongts which are Megalo Peuko and Hovolo (Hovolo is easy to reach nowadays and a textile beach). Elios is a quiet little fishing village with friendly inhabitants. On the north and on the south of the village there is a beach, interrupted by the harbour with its fishing boats. The beaches consist mostly of pebbles of different sizes.

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North of that at the end of a road that ends up in a dirt track you will find the beaches of Kalives and Armenopetra. It's more like one beach divided into two by a large rock. Both beaches can be reached over the same track, both beaches are pebble beaches. Armenopetra also has some sandy patches and is the larger and more picturesque beach of the two, but it is also more exposed to the wind. From Skopelos Town there are caïques (small wooden boats) to the more difficult to reach, but attractive beach of Glisteri , and from Agnontas there are small boats to the beach of Limnonari. Around Glisteri there are more small beaches.

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Finally, there are a number of beaches in the northeast of the island of Skopelos. Some of them are only accessible by boat. At Mama Mia church there are a few beaches and further north of that there are a number of beaches too. Perivoli Beach is the northernmost and largest beach, which is accessible via a recently paved road. A bit more more secluded and quieter is the beautiful pebble beach Hondrogiorgi that is situated at the end of a dirt road. Between these two lies Kanalaki or Pethameni beach (translated: "Dead Woman beach") that seems to be more difficult to reach. Good shoes are required. The beach has this name since in the 70's a dead woman was found here. Pethameni beach is accessible by a path that lies in front of the entrance of Hondrogiorgi (left). You have to climb a bit over some rocks first. From the sea you can see that the two beaches lie just right next to each other.


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