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The island of Skopelos in the Sporades in Greece - the quiet neighbour of Skiathos Island
Again only an impression: this was for me love at first sight. Skopelos-town is wonderful. It's big, the houses are build against the mountain and the harbour is very attractive with lots of shops and terraces, and a beautiful, big white church on the right side of the boulevard. Within a couple of minutes I thought 'I wouldn't mind living here'. You can get lost in all the small streets as you climb upstairs, and some of the views you get as a reward are astonishing. There are lots of little old churches, cosy little squares and trees and flowers everywhere you go. Every here and there you will find a strange shop with funny and interesting items that you wouldn't find on any other island. And just because Skopelos Town is so big it doesn't mean that it's busy or noisy. It's in fact nothing like that: because it is build on a mountain and because most of the streets are so narrow there's hardly any traffic. I loved it. This is one of the nicest Greek towns that I ever visited, maybe (no offense friends in Mykonos...) even nicer than Mykonos-town, because it's so peaceful. Somewhere I read a negative story about Skopelos Town and that it was so much nicer in Skiathos Town, but it is something I cannot agree with.
Like on Alonissos most of the beaches here are supposedly pebble-beaches. I didn't stay long enough to check on them. I can only tell you that the town-beach is one pile of big and small pebbles and not very inviting to spread your towel on and take a dip into the water. There is supposed to be another beach behind the newer part of town which is better and also suitable for small children, but within walkin distance of Skopelos Town there are also the beaches of Stafilos and the naturist beach of Velonia.
As far as we could see during the boat-trip the scenery on the island was beautiful. Skopelos has got another harbour, which is called Agnontas. It is situated in the south of the island and this is where the ferries sail in in case there is a strong wind from the north. If this happens there are free busses from this harbour going to Skopelos Town. With plenty of shade and a nice scenery Skopelos is also a good island for making walks.
Some facts about Skopelos island
Skopelos has a surface of 96 km² and there are 4700 inhabitants. The island is green and densely covered, with beautiful beaches, cristal clear waters and traditional villages. The island is known for its 360 churches, the lively folklore and traditional builings. Skopelos is popular with foreign tourists and people from other parts of Greece.
The main towns on the island are Skopelos town and the village of Glossa. The capitol and harbour of the island is the first sight that people see on their arrival. The town has got a beautiful Greek charm with white houses, wooden balconies, narrow alleys and streets. The main town is the place where most of the activities are concentrated. Skopelos island is the largest island of the Sporades.
The beaches and naturist beaches on Skopelos island
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.
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. In the next village, the small village of Agnontas with its fish restaurants, there is a village beach and also a possibillity 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.
Panormas beach is populair with windsurfers. The water here is quite steep. Panormas is set in a beautful 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.
The next beach, Milia, at 21 klimeter 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. Next to Milia is the smaller beach of Kastani. 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 seems to be easy to reach nowadays and a textile beach). 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.
For a larger map of the island of Skopelos with the beaches on it click here.
Hotels, apartments and studios on Skopelos
Most of the hotels on the island of Skopelos are in and around Skopelos Town, simply for the reason that this is the largest village on the island. For our visit to Skopelos in we have been thinking ahead and the hotels below we thought would be really nice or special.
Skopelos Hotels: Hotel Adrina Beach, Skopelos
The family-run Adrina Beach resort can be found in the centre of the beautiful Skopelos Island, with fantastic panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the resort’s private beach. After taking a tour around the complex in one of the Club cars, you can relax in the fresh water outdoor swimming pool or the luxurious Spa-Jacuzzi. Try the fresh lobster at the taverna-style restaurant, and then take a walk around the beautifully maintained gardens. In the evening you can take your place at Adrina's private beach bar, enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea.
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Skopelos Hotels: Hotel Selenunda, Loutraki, Skopelos
Situated on the hillside of Loutraki and overlooking the sea and the port, Hotel Selenunda offers spacious self-catering apartments with sea views, making it an ideal base for exploring Skopelos. Hotel Selenunda is a family-run hotel, which takes pride in its high level of service. Enjoy your spacious apartment with all its modern comforts. Prepare breakfast in your fully equipped kitchen. Admire the stunning sea views from your spacious balcony as you sip coffee. Hotel Selenunda’s excellent location is just steps away from Glossa’s port, allowing you to easily access other islands, including Skiathos. If you’re travelling by car, Hotel Selenunda also offers free private parking
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Takis Sophie - studios, apartments and a villa
This is a combination of studios, apartments and a villa, situated in a garden, with a swimming pool and a tennis court. It is at a 700 meter distance of the harbour where the ferry sails in. From the complex there are views of the harbour of Skopelos. It is also not far from the sea.
Tel. +30 24240 23334 - Send an e-mail to Takis Sophie
Skopelos - Lithanemon Apartments
This complex looked lovely, with beautiful apartments. It is situated in the pine tree forest in Agnontas, close to a beach. Not only the decoration of the rooms and the size of the apartments appealed to us, but also its position in the landscape. Lithanemon is opened from the 1st of June to the end of September.
from 1/6 to 30/9
tel: +30 24240 22512,
fax: +30 24240 22541
Volos: all year
tel: +30 24210 78325,
fax: +30 24210 78329
Skopelos - Konstantaki Apartments
These apartments are in the southwest of the island of Skopelos in Neo Klima. It consists of two buildings. The first one is a small complex with one studio, 1 apartment and 1 maisonette. This building is at a distance of 100 meters of the beach and it has a lovely view of the bay. The second building is at a distance of 200 meter of the beach and it consists of 6 studios and two apartments. From here too there is a lovely view of the sea.
Tel : +30 24240 33468
Fax : +30 24240 33468
Mobile : +30 693 2614540
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