Holidaying on Skopelos with a six-month old (part 1)
By Sofia, Aug 11 2017 06:20PM
Guest blog by Sappho Lauder and Simon Elton
Two years ago we got married on Skopelos at the stunning Livadhiotissa monastery, and stayed with Sofie at 39 Steps. It was a fantastic holiday and reaffirmed our love of the island. This year we have returned to Skopelos to stay for the whole of August...with a new addition: 6-month-old Raphael.
Blithely we thought travelling with a baby would still allow us the same kind of holiday we were used to: lazy mornings, followed by hours spent on the beach and late dinners in town. Unsurprisingly, Raphael has a completely different schedule to the above (like waking up for the day at 5.30am and going to bed at 8pm) so we've had to adapt our holiday somewhat! Luckily, Sofie has taken us under her wing and opened our eyes to a whole host of hidden delights the island has to offer-exposing us (and Raphael!) to a much calmer side to Skopelos.
So far we have visited Ag. Moni monastery with stunning views over Alonnisos and the two brothers' islands; dipped our toes in the crystal clear waters at Glisteri beach; had a beautiful early morning walk up to the Sendoukia graves where, on a clear day, you can see across to Agios Oros; introduced Raph to some goats (he kept giggling at them!) and watched how islanders are re-establishing bygone farming methods of drying and massaging plums into prunes.
So, although we're not getting as much beach time as we did in the past, thanks to Sofie - and her expert knowledge of Skopelos - we've seen far more of the island these past few days than we have in our previous five visits, and Raphael is being exposed to so much culture, nature and history.