Skopelos island harmoniously combines nature and sea, with majestic, verdant landscapes, Medieval monasteries,
archeological spots, picturesque villages and turquoise beaches. Skopelos may be mainly a summer tourist destination, however it is ideal in the winter too.
Hiking in Skopelos
Skopelos has a well-organized, mapped and operational system of paths of many kilometers with good signage and resting places. Coming from either close or distant places, nature lovers go on trekking and mountaineering along pathways surrounded by the amazing nature of Skopelos island.
The trails cross a large part of the impressive relief of the island, combining villages, monasteries, corners, chapels, rural landscapes, dense forests and a lacy coastline of 67 kilometers, part of which being within the protected area of NATURA 2000 network.
Cycling in Skopelos
Mountain biking is also particularly famous in Skopelos island, attracting the interest of organized groups as well as individual cyclers. The morphology of Skopelos terrain combined with its rich nature makes it a paradise for mountain bike lovers and cycling in general.
Skopelos island is an excellent cycling destination, as it has plentiful mapped cycling routes and characteristic pathways for those who desire to explore the island on two wheels. The highest mountain is the Delfi (681 m.) from the peak of which one can gaze the whole island as well as the other Sporades islands. The Palouki (546 m.) is the second highest mountain of the island with monasteries built on its beautiful slopes.
Museums of Skopelos island
A very nice and educational activity during the winter is visiting museums. In the long journey back to the history and tradition of Skopelos island, museums are essential cradles of culture! Museum areas, mansions and traditional houses “unlock” different aspects and eras of the rich history of Skopelos.
Among the museums and sights such as the church of Panagitsa of Pyrgos, it is worth visiting the house of the author Pavlos Nirvanas which accommodates the History Museum of Skopelos, the Folklore Museum in Skopelos Town (Chora), the church of Agios Ioannis at Kastri, the Sentoukia (treasure chests – graves), the monastery of Agios Riginos, the Asclepieion, etc.
Rigas Hotel Skopelos, member of “Spyrou Skopelos Experience” is open all year round. Its 24-hour reception is always at your disposal to provide you with important information concerning local sights, traditions and places one can visit in Skopelos island.