is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands. It has two main towns well
preserved and very pretty, surprisingly unspoilt from modern development. It
is in fact one of the most charming towns in the Aegean. The capital and
chief port, also named Skopelos, is a complex and delightful cobblestone maze
stacked up against a hillside. The best way to arrive is by the sea, with the
town revealed slowly as the boat pulls into the harbor. The houses are jammed
together along narrow and oddly curving alleys, their windows capriciously
placed, their balconies awash in flowers. The waterfront is lined with
tavernas, cafes, tourist offices and boutiques. A stroll to the top of the
town brings you to the oddly whitewashed ruins of the Venetian castle.
the island's second town, a winding three kilometers up the
hill from Loutraki, the small port with its thin pebble beach.
It is another whitewashed delight and considerably quieter
than the capital.
The rest of
the island is rich in vegetation, with wind-swept pines
growing down to secluded coves, wide beaches and terraced
cliffs. The most popular beaches are all on the sheltered
south-west coast. It is also famous for it's many churches, it
is said that there is one for each day of the year.
There are many lovely beaches, sometimes the pine trees grow
right down onto the beach.
Skopelos is a pleasant and green
island, and not too overcrowded, even in high season. It is
also a good nudist spot, a small paradise for those who enjoy
easy walks in a rural (or even forested) greek landscape.
Walking boots are not a requirement here, you will get by
quite nicely wearing your old trainers. Skopelos also
has many good beaches, the best are: Milia (more crowded after
the arrival of water sports, tentatively nudist at its south
end), Velonio (half of it is nudist, same half good for
snorkeling) and Glisteri (pretty small, but nice and quiet,
beware of sea urchins).
Skopelos not only retain much of their forests, they also
preserve big part of their old paths. Usually, these paths are
intersected by newly constructed roads, and they are being
kept open mostly by foreign walkers.
Skiathos and Skopelos are unlikely to get thirsty, too hot or
sunburn. All routes are well shaded; springs with running
fresh water are wide-spread; not to mention the numerous
beaches, of which, Skiathos alone counts 60!
lovers won't have much to see on the two islands. Monastery
architecture, as well as traditional architecture enthusiasts,
will have a lot to see, especially on Skopelos. Those who want
cosmopolitan life should go to Skiathos, while solitude
seekers should prefer Skopelos.