The town (capital) of Skopelos is called Skopelos but to the locals is also known as Chora and it is situated on the edge of a bay on the South-Eastern coast of the island, beneath two hills. It is thecapital of Skopelos, its main port, and home to 3,500 of the approximately 5,000 residents living on the island.
The two and three storey homes have apanoramic view of the harbor and beautiful balconies showered in colourful bougainvillea and all kinds of blooms decorating small balconies and walls with visible, decorative, wooden frames. The roofs of the houses are covered with schistolith (a type of shale) or tile. Because of the remarkable architecture of these traditional houses, the town of Chora has been declared apreserved settlement by presidential decree.
The writer Paul Nirvana spent his childhood in one of these homes, which is now a museum. Chora is full of churches both big and small and in the neighborhood of "Fragkomahalas" there are still houses over 500 years old dating from the Byzantine period. The capital of Skopelos is beyond any doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in Greece.