1. For its natural beauty!
Skopelos is one of the greenest islands of Mediterranean Sea. The island harmonically combines the land and sea, with captivating landscapes and picturesque villages. In 1997 it was declared the “green on blue” island by the Biopolitics International Organization. Its high pine-trees are surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters, creating dreamy sceneries while dense forests cover almost the 80% of its surface. Skopelos is one of the three biggest islands of the Northern Sporades, located between Skiathos and Alonissos. It may offer you the most tranquil but also full of amazing landscapes and clear waters vacations that you always craved.
2. For its crystal clear turquoise waters and its beaches!
In Skopelos, you will find some of the best beaches of the Aegean Sea. Its astonishing beaches as well as the crystal waters will undoubtedly leave you touched. Besides, it is not a coincidence that it was chosen by Hollywood for the filming of “Mamma Mia”.
There are beaches for all preferences: remote beaches, organized beaches with sea sports or beach bars, beaches with sand or pebbles. Beaches accessible from the land or beaches that one may reach only from the sea. Kastani, Milia, Panormos and Hovolo (not organized) beaches are very famous. But also amazing are Stafylos, Agnontas, Glysteri, Elios and Limnonari beaches. In case you prefer nudism, you may dive in Velanios Beach, behind Stafylos Beach. (See more)
3. For its delicious Skopelos local recipes!
Since the old days, Skopelos is famous for its traditional recipes as well as its delicious appetizers. The Skopelian Cheese Pie is undoubtedly the prevailing traditional recipe of the island, being distinguished from all the rest Greek pies. Moreover, the Skopelian plum – unique in the whole world for its antioxidant action – is part of many traditional products that invite you to try them. Skopelos is an island that honors its tradition, keeping it alive over the years. For that reason, do not forget to try traditional sweets, with the Avgato and the Chamalia being the most famous ones.
4. For the St. John at Kastri (Mamma Mia chapel)!
Saint John at Kastri is a landmark that no one should miss when visiting Skopelos. It is a small church on the peak of a rock where everyone seeks to take photographs. This picturesque chapel was broadly known from the wedding scene of the movie Mamma Mia. It is located relatively close to Glossa Town of Skopelos, while being approximately 30 km away from Chora of Skopelos. One will need to ascend about 110 stairs, carved in stone but the amazing view from the top will reward you! According to the tradition, a fisherman had once found there the icon of Saint John the Prodromos.
5. For its history, presented through its Skopelos museums!
In the long journey back to the history and traditions of Skopelos, its museums are important cradles of culture! Museums, mansions and traditional houses “unlock” different aspects and eras of the rich history of Skopelos. The representation of the history contributes to the preservation of its specific cultural identity. In 1978, the town (Chora) of Skopelos was declared by Presidential Decree (19/10/78 presidential decree 594, 13-11/78) as Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty because of its particular architectural heritage. There, you may find the Folklore Museum of Chora, the Mansion of Vakratsa and the House of the Greek poet Pavlos Nirvanas (See more)
6. For the morning or afternoon walks in the picturesque alleys of Chora of Skopelos
The town of Skopelos, also known as Chora, is located in the east part of the island. In its biggest part, there is no access by car as the buildings have very small distances from each other, creating a labyrinth of cobbled alleys. Walking around, you will be impressed by the painted white flowerbeds and the colorful flowers. If you want to have a full picture of the beauty and the uniqueness of Chora of Skopelos, just walk uphill from the port to the church of Panagitsa of Pyrgos. Along the whole way, you will enjoy the view of the Aegean Sea. Finally, in the inside of the town, you will discover small cafes, traditional pastry shops as well as shops with local products, handmade products and souvenirs.
7. Because it is the perfect place for hiking and cycling
Skopelos has an organized and functional network of old paths that have been more accessible and functional in the last few years. In Skopelos, most of the walking paths have signage, kiosks and different lengths covering tens of kilometers of hiking. They cross a big part of the island and combine old villages, medieval monasteries, natural spots, dense forests and a lacy coastline of protected region of the NATURA 2000 network. Additionally, the morphology of the terrain of Skopelos in combination with the rich nature makes it a paradise for the admirers of mountain biking and cycling in general. It is a perfect cycling destination, because it has mapped cycling routes and marked paths (See more).
8. For its seabed!
The Sea and the seabed of the Sporades Islands hide unparalleled beauty: natural reefs, uninhabited rocky islets, precious marine life, submarine caves and admirable ancient shipwrecks. “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” collaborates with the Diving Center of Skopelos, offering the opportunity to its guests to experience their first diving excursions and discover the enchanting submarine world of Skopelos and the Sporades Islands. With a bit of luck, you may have the chance to see the Mediterranean Seal Monachus Monachus, as this area is home to the largest population of this species in the world.
9. Because it is an ideal place to work!
Yes, indeed! Remote work combined with one’s need to live new experiences has brought us to the Digital Nomads era. These people live with no permanent residence for a long period of time, while working remotely with a reliable and fast connection to internet and a laptop as integral parts of their job. If you are the type of person who prefers picturesque cities or paradise islands, away from urban regions and wants to mix work with nature, then Skopelos is the absolute destination! Rigas Hotel Skopelos is the ideal choice as it remains open all year round.
10. Because Skopelos is an ideal place for everyone!
Skopelos offers you a variety of choices. It is a perfect destination for someone who seeks a relaxing break or an adventurous week of sea sports. Its rare beauty as well as its authenticity have been discovered by many foreigners who have decided to live on the island permanently.
It is also an ideal island for those seeking a romantic getaway as well as family holidays. For certain, it is going to captivate you and you will definitely fall in love with it!
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