SKOPELOS - A COLOR CANVAS
Skopelos is one of the islands of the Northern Sporades between Skiathos and Alonissos and is considered the greenest island in the Aegean. The town of Skopelos has been characterized since 1978 as a traditional settlement due to its architecture. Venetian influences, Pelion-Macedonian, rural and neoclassical style are its characteristics while the interiors of the houses are decorated with ornate furniture and porcelain brought by sailors from their voyages. The mountains of Skopelos with its many springs and pines are another unique jewel of the island, as well as the picturesque bays, wonderful beaches and unique landscapes. Myths and legends give the beautiful image of the island its mysterious dimension.
The beauty of the island led Hollywood producers to shoot the movie "Mamma Mia" there, making the island a world-renowned tourist destination. Skopelos belongs to the Northern Sporades and has three main ports: Skopelos, Agnontas and Glossa. Glossa is one of the three villages of the island also known as the "high village" as it is built on a hill, with wonderful sea views. It is of great archaeological interest, since in many parts there are ancient towers and buildings of inestimable historical importance. In Stafylos is the Mycenaean tomb while on the east side of the country there is the Asclepieion. In the castle of the country one can enjoy the unique sunset from Kastani beach or Limnonari in the port of Loutraki.
It is worth visiting Ai Giannis in Kastri, the picturesque church on the rock with its 112 steps. The house of the writer Pavlos Nirvana which functions as a folklore museum in the country. The monasteries in Palouki Evangelistria, Metamorfosi tou Sotira, Agia Varvara, Agios Prodromos, Taxiarches, Agia Anna is one of the most important monasteries of Skopelos, built in the 16th and 17th centuries. A special experience is the visit to the workshops of the traditional artists of the island, who have been working for centuries on clay, wood, glass, metal. The wonderful forests of Skopelos are ideal for walks, but also the endless beaches, both on the south and the north wilder side of the island. Running waters and ravines give a special note to the landscape with herds of the famous Skopelos goat breed, with characteristic brown-red hair.
Kastani beach became famous from the movie "Mama Mia" which is located right next to Milia with which they are connected only by a path that passes over the rocks. The best beach of Skopelos is Milia, a coast with pebbles, sand and really crystal clear waters surrounded by green that reaches the beach. Agios Ioannis beach consists of sand and stones in many colors with amazing seabed. If you go up the 100 steps you will meet the church of Agios Ioannis from where the view is dreamy. In Skopelos travelers can go diving, kayaking, sailing and many other water sports.
Glysteri is a beautiful cove with calm waters and pebbles within walking distance of the country. Elios beach in Neo Klima has sand and fine pebbles, is organized and is located 14 km from the country. Hovolo beach with its high white rocks, pines and blue waters compose a magnificent landscape. The beach of Panormos settlement is located in the center of a small cove and offers unique beauty in a green environment. The magical beach of Limnonari stands out for its turquoise waters, natural beauty and is located in a small cove on the road to Agnontas. Glygoneri beach, also known as Agios Konstantinos beach, is organized, with clear waters, while it consists of sand and several pebbles.
The traditional Skopelos cheese pie in the traditional bakeries of the island is a unique taste. Rofos stew, beef or pork with plums, sweet plum, sweet almond, hamalia and macaroons are some of the traditional dishes that one should try. An ideal place on the island for food is the picturesque port of Agnontas, where the visitor will find amazing fish and impressive lobster spaghetti. Skopelos covers all tastes offering entertainment for all ages in the bars, with the tasteful music, up to the taverns with the rebetiko music, the beach bars and the clubs. The island is ideal for cycling, explorations, walks on impressive trails, bird watching, fishing to satisfy every visitor.