Skopelos Travel Guide
Harbour in Skopelos Town © Jason Dixon
Skopelos is situated just east of Skiathos and is the largest island of the Sporades group, at 12 miles (19km) long and six miles (10km) across. The fertile island is dominated by lush hills, thick pine forests and olive groves, which in many places descend down to the shoreline and make Skopelos an excellent island for exploring on foot. Skopelos Town is a collection of charming, whitewashed houses that cling to a steep hill behind the harbour, crowned by an old fort. The town is home to more than 100 of the island's 380 churches.
There are many beaches to choose from on Skopelos; most can be reached by public bus, but some only by boat. Skopelos is quieter and less well known than its neighbour Skiathos, offering a more laid-back, relaxing, and romantic atmosphere, which is ideal for those looking to get away from it all. Despite this the island also has a decent nightlife and a rather famous music scene, with a fun carnival in February. There are great bars along the waterfront and up on the hill, and a good selection of nightclubs, discos and music halls where visitors can dance the night away. It is also delightfully easy to find peace and quiet, however. Equally, the island offers a decent variety of shops for local souvenirs and crafts, but is not a sophisticated shopping destination for the jet set.
One of the best ways to explore this paradise island is to hire a boat so that you can discover the hidden coves and beaches on your own steam. There are many viable excursions from Skopelos which connects to a number of islands by ferry service.
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