Skopelos Town is the site that first greets you on your escape to Skepalos, and with its captivating architectural heritage, charming cobbled streets and beautiful sea views – is a perfect introduction to what awaits you on a holiday to this Greek Island gem. The island of Skopelos is blessed with an endless supply of fantastic beaches and enthralling natural landscapes, but those that seek more than the beach bum lifestyle will be vindicated by choosing a trip to the island’s primary town. Culture and history are primary features of Skopelos Town, boasting churches and chapels, alluring buildings and engaging museums.
For those after the beach vibe, the south of the island boasts clean sandy beaches and calm seas, while the rugged north offers some great water sports in the rougher waters, while the surrounding landscapes are a sight for sore eyes. None of the islands’ attractions are far away from Skopelos Town, making it the ideal base for your 2019 escape.
A trip to Greece should always encompass a balance between exploring the country’s rich history and embracing its diverse and beautiful landscapes. During holidays in Skopelos Town, both of these features are easily accessed, and within just a stone’s throw of your hotel. The town boasts some of the finest architecture on the island and has been honoured as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty. Beside the cobbled streets are beautiful houses, adorned with flowers and shrubs, while countless churches and chapels chime around the white-walled alleyways.
The island of Skopelos is blessed with some stunning natural attractions, among them a long list of beaches and a large forested area on the east of the island known as Palouki. This is a great place to hike and grab some panoramic views of the island and the surrounding coastline. For beaches, the south is home to some of the most attractive, with long strips of sand and calm waters perfect for swimming. Skopelos Town is perfectly situated to access everything the wider island has to offer, as well as being the hub of activity and benefiting from a vibrant atmosphere, making it the ideal base for your 2018/2019 break.
Skopelos Town is the main port of the island, your gateway to this island paradise, but although the harbour is pleasant and pedestrianised the island capital does not have its own beach. That’s not to say that Skopelos Town doesn’t make a great base for beach holidays though. Skopelos is a Greek Island, and true to form boasts an array of picturesque bays and secluded coves. The closest beach to Skopelos Town is Glysteri. A short drive north along the main road out of town, the emerald waters and white pebbles of Glysteri make it postcard perfect. Served by Tavernas, sheltered from any strong winds, and close to the Cave of Tripti (a local attraction), you may find yourself completely contented by this nearest bay.
If you’re seeking a sandy beach then Panormos is where you should head. Also just a short drive from Town, the beach benefits from sun loungers, café’s and taverna, plus it’s possible to rent a kayak and explore the bay from the water. Limnonari is another beautiful sandy beach option on an island where pebbled shores are the norm.
Stafylos bay is another pebbly affair, the bay surrounded by green pine forest and close to the lively town of Stafylos where shopping, eating, and people watching are popular past-times. Other popular beach options include Kastani (of Mama Mia! Fame), or the secluded Neraki, Hovolo and Ftelia which can only be accessed by boat.
All the beaches of Skopelos are easily reached from the capital, and with car, scooter, and boat hire all readily available, there is no reason not to explore them all on your 2018/2019 Greek island escape.