The Greek island of Skopelos is the largest of the islands in the Northern Sporades chain in the north Aegean. Its nearest neighbours are Alonissos and Skiathos.
Tourism has grown over past 20 years, however unlike many other Greek island - including its neighbour, Skiathos - Skopelos has deliberately and successfully retained a classic and authentic character.
The main settlement of Skopelos Old Town stretches up the hill overlooking the harbour and the island’s largest bay. It is a treat of white-washed walls, vines, flowers, narrow cobbled alleyways, and classic stone-built townhouses. Around the harbour front, faced by colourful fishing boats, yachts and day-tripping boats are most of the tavernas, fish restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.
The Old Town’s designation as a Greek National Heritage site in 1978 has played a role in ensuring it has retained its historic character. The only other substantial settlement is Glossa high up on a cliff on the North West coast.
Unusually for a Greek island, Skopelos is heavily forested, with pine trees stretching from the coast to the hills of the interior. The green pine, set against the Aegean sea gives the island its beautiful and distinctive dark green / deep azure colouring.
The island has many churches (over 300) and a number of ancient monasteries. It offers excellent walking, both around the coastline and through the olive-groved valleys and peaks of the hilly interior.
There are many beautiful beaches around the island, ranging from the bigger, busier beaches on the west coast to the secluded ‘hidden’ beaches of the north east coast. Many of the beaches offer pleasant snorkelling.
Through the summer, regular bus services travel the length of the island from Skopelos Old Town to Glossa stopping at all the major beaches.