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For many, Skopelos is the epitome of the ultimate Greek island. Despite an increase in popularity since the hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’ was filmed here, over a decade ago, Skopelos has maintained its authenticity. Unspoilt island life; simple food; quiet beaches; green, mountainous interiors; offer a complete removal from the stresses of modern life.
The Island of Reefs, so named because of its many offshore islets and rocks, could equally be called the ‘Green Island’ because of its spectacular craggy coastline fringed by the pine trees that are one of the island’s defining features. Where the pine forests end, the olive groves begin and where they end the orchards begin! Virtually every fruit tree can be found on Skopelos, although plums are an island speciality.
Skopelos has a number of beaches, mostly quiet, like the kilometre stretch of tiny white pebbles at Milia, where the pines grow right down to the shore, or the fine sand of Limnonari. Rural Skopelos reveals itself in scattered hamlets of stone built houses with distinctive silvery grey slated roofs surrounded by woods and orchards to rival any in Greece.
Walking on the island is possible much later into the peak summer months than on other islands, due to the shaded nature of many of the paths and plentiful springs and fountains. With no water shortage, a deep cool bath or long refreshing shower after a walk or beach session is not the over indulgence here that it might be on other drier islands! After all that, heaven might just be a slice of Skopelos cheese and vegetable pie straight out of the oven, fresh local plums and a glass of ice cold Retsina beneath an ancient pine with the sparkling Aegean beyond! Eating out on Skopelos with fresh local produce, imaginative cooking and friendly service is highly recommended. Fish tavernas in spectacular locations and ‘ouzeries’ serving local ‘meze’ are a speciality of the area.
The island’s eponymous capital is a bustling small port and harbour on a spectacular bay, with a maze of narrow paved streets, the ruins of a Venetian fortress and nearly 125 old churches with over 360 churches in total. The bustling waterfront of cafes and tavernas is sheltered by huge oak or mulberry trees and behind these, boutiques, jewellers and souvenir shops reflect the more sophisticated side to Skopelos. The magical drive to the other main village, Glossa on the north west tip of Skopelos, passes through the unbroken pine forests and olive groves of the west coast that are one of the island’s crowning glories.
The northernmost village on the island, Glossa is a hillside town with magnificent views looking across to Skiathos. A traditional village with elegant, whitewashed town houses and narrow cobblestone streets, it has a selection of tavernas, a mini-market and café bar. Glossa is linked to the coast by the small harbour and pebble beach of Loutraki, 5 minutes’ drive.
Panormos / Agnondas
Panormos has one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, a peaceful village and a number of waterside tavernas. Agnondas is a beautiful bay built around a region of pine trees forests. There are a couple of excellent tavernas specialising in serving fresh fish.
Skopelos Town: Tranquil small squares with quaint churches and marvellous views. Its traditional architecture is unique amongst the Greek Islands. Narrow flower filled cobbled streets climb the hillside between white washed houses with slate or red tile roofs and bougainvillea cascading down their walls. The old town is a designated preservation area, any new building must retain the old style. Explore the 120 Byzantine churches with the carved temples or the ruins of the 13th century Venetian fortress. A bustling waterfront of cafes and tavernas is sheltered by huge plane or mulberry trees and behind these, boutiques, jeweller’s and souvenir shops reflect the more sophisticated side to Skopelos.
Glossa: The northernmost village on the island. Glossa is a hillside town with magnificent views looking across to Skiathos. A traditional village with elegant, whitewashed, town houses and narrow cobblestone streets, it has a selection of tavernas, bakery, shops and a café bar. Glossa is linked to the coast by the small harbour and pebble beach of Loutraki, five minutes drive away.
Panormos and Agnondas: Panormos has one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, a peaceful village with waterside tavernas. Agnondas has a beautiful bay and four excellent tavernas with a speciality of fresh fish.
- Boat trip to the Marine Park, home of the endangered Monk Seal
- Explore secluded coves in your own motor boat from Panormos
- See the many monasteries on the island including the Convent of Prodromos at Agios Ioannis or the Venetian Monastery of Episkopi
- Enjoy the islands many beaches including the sandy beaches at Limnonari and Milia
- Sailing lessons through the local sailing club
- Half day “Town Walk” through the old part of Skopelos Town led by a knowledgeable guide
- Hiking in the hills around Skopelos
- Scuba diving around the Sporades
- Mountain biking in the hills around Skopelos
- Food festival where local ‘delicacies’ are presented and local musicians & singers perform (August only)
Direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham
|London Gatwick||Skiathos||Dep: 12:20hrs
|North Terminal||From: 7th May
To: 13th May
|London Gatwick||Skiathos||Dep: 09:00hrs
|South Terminal||From: 20th May
To: 23rd Sep
|Terminal 2||From: 6th May
To: 23rd Sep
|Main Terminal||From: 6th May
To: 16th Sep
|Main Terminal||From: 6th May
To: 16th Sep
Onward sea crossing from Skiathos to Skopelos by Sea Cat or local ferry services. Where applicable, hire cars will be waiting at the port.
Approx transfer time: 45 mins to 1 hour 15 mins
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
Thomson Airlines: Pre-seating only available at check -in
Enter Air: Visit Website
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.