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SKOPELOS FOR FIRST TIMERS

First time in Skopelos. Welcome to this dreamy island. The most green island of the Aegean. The island of the famous movie Mamma Mia!! You just picked the right place to have unforgettable vacations. Enjoy your vacation in Skopelos.

SKOPELOS ISLAND

Skopelos is the bigger island in the Northern Sporades. It is between Skiathos and Alonissos.

Some more info for you being for first time in Skopelos. Despite the growing tourism Skopelos is always stuck to the traditional character of the island.  By the way Skopelos picturesque Chora has the title of the traditional settlement. The other big settlement of Skopelos is Glossa Village in the northwest side of the island.

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Skopelos Chora

Skopelos beaches are famous worldwide. Everybody knows that the biggest part of the island is covered by pine forests. Therefore, there are extraordinary landscapes where the pines trees touches the shores of the sea. The beaches of Skopelos are one of the main reason to spend your vacation in Skopelos.

The hospitality of the locals will make you feel at home from your very first step.
Restaurants and Tavernas serve delicious quality local dishes.
There are modern cafes and bars to enjoy your cool summer cocktail. You will have loyal breakfast to cafes and bakeries.

If you are a culture lover you can visit the museums, the 360 (yes so many) churches and the monasteries of the island.

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Agios Ioannis Prodromos

On the other hand, if you are an adventure guy go for diving and snorkeling to the magnificent beaches or go for hiking and cycling to the marvellous mountains.

Skopelos is  beautiful green island with numerous choices.

TRAVELLING TO SKOPELOS

Travellers who comes from northern Greece will approach Skopelos from Volos, while those coming from south will travel from Agios Konstantinos, or Mantoudi (Evia), or Kymi (Evia).

Travellers from abroad can travel by plane to the neighboring Skiathos island.

That was some basic information for Skopelos island.

Lets now have a look to the “fake news” or the myths regarding Skopelos.

Two basic myths about Skopelos

MYTH No 1. Skopelos is a tranquil island, tourists usually don’t prefer it.

Are you sure tourists do not prefer Skopelos? I am afraid so, no! Although many internet sites claim that. Basically due to the fact that Skopelos has no airport, but Skiathos has.
We can no deny that getting to Skopelos is not the easiest thing. However, Skopelos has many loyal fans. It is a peaceful island but with many guests. A lot of tourist all over the world visit Skopelos every summer. One of the advantage is that there are always places and beaches to visit where there are not so crowded. There are always tavernas to eat and spaces to parking.

Skopelos mix and match all kind of tourists and preferences.

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Elios Neo Klima Village
MYTH No 2. Skopelos is basically a family oriented island.

Are you sure that only families prefer Skopelos?  We do not think so, that’s not the case. Young people love Skopelos. The youth have many activities to do on Skopelos island and many trendy places to go.  This beautiful island offers great cafesJazz barsbeach bars, live festival mith rebetiko greek music, dance festival that participate people and groups from all over the world. Moreover, bars like Skala,  La Costa and Mercurius and clubs like exodus will satisfy for sure younger ages.

Young people can dance, have summer cocktails and enjoy their vacation to the maximum level.

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Adrina Resort and Spa, Nero Restaurant

FOUR PERFECT REASONS TO VISIT SKOPELOS

1. PERFECT CLIMATE

Skopelos is a picture perfect island offering the most attractive climate ever. Due to the pine forests this green island is never too hot. Moreover you won’t face summers winds here.

2. PERFECT BEACHES

The beaches are clean throughout the way. Furthermore beaches in Skopelos have crystal clear almost transparent water. You will definitely enjoy your swimming. You may even meet dolphins and seals.

3. PERFECT ACTIVITIES

Skopelos has eco-character which give the guests the opportunity to enjoy the nature by doing adventurous activities.

4. PERFECT TRADITIONAL FOOD

Skopelos remains its traditional character. No matter the publicity from Mamma Mia the movie locals keeps respect their mentality. Therefore, in tavernas and restaurants you will delight tasteful handmade dishes instead of junk food. MUST taste the traditional cheese pie.

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Traditional Cheese Pie, Adrina Taverna

BEACHES

Visit Skopelos because this lush island offers magnificent beaches to swim in.
The most populars ones are Kastani, Milia and Panormos beach.

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Milia Beach

Kastani is well known as the mamma mia beach. Milia is considered the most beautiful beach while Panormos is more familiar to families. At Kastani beach there is a beach bar. At Milia beach there is a beach bar and a taverna. Panormos beach is full of tavernas and cafes.
Stafylos beach is close to Skopelos Chora and has a traditional taverna. Next to Stafylos is Velanio beach, which is the nudist beach of the island.

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Velanio Beach

In the picturesque port of Agnontas you will eat fresh fish. Close to Agnontas is the impressive Limnonari beach. At Limnonari there are beach bars and taverna.

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Agnontas Beach

Glysteri beach is just very close to Chora and offer a beach bar.

Other not organized beaches are Amarantos, Armenopetra and Chovolo.

Still there are others beaches to discover to Skopelos Island.

Every summer the local transportation travel the guests from the Skopelos Chora to Glossa Village. There are bus stops to all main beaches. Vacation in Skopelos is the perfect solution for your summer.

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Hovolo Beach

We can not suggest the most incredible beach. Every single beach has a unique beauty. The landscape to all beaches that combine the pine hills with the sea is breathtaking.

must VISIT

Panagitsa of Pyrgos

Visiting Skopelos meaning visit the church Panagitsa of Pyrgos. Βuilt on a hill on the edge of the old town, you will climb some steps (about 70) to reach this small but imposing white church. The temple dates back to the 17th century. The best time to visit it is just before the sunset. The views are breathtaking. From the Aegean, to the Alonissos island , to the Skopelos Chora.

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Panagitsa of Pyrgos
Ai Giannis Chapel

The beautiful dominant chapel of Ai Giannis in Kastri became popular after the Hollywood film Mamma Mia !. Since, Donna (Meryl Streep) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan) married here. This small chapel dated back to the 18th century. It is built on a 100m rocky hill. To reach the chapel you need to climb 106 steps. The magnificent views of the Aegean Sea to Alonissos will take your breath away!

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Ai Giannis Kastri, Mamma Mia Church
Monasteries of Mountain Palouki

Mountain Palouki is just opposite the picturque Skopelos Chora. There are several monasteries to visit. Sotiros, Agia Varvara and Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monasteries. Some are open to public. Νuns are especially friendly as they open the door to the public offering local delicacies, buns and amulets. Any offers from you are welcome.The monasteries in mountain Palouki have a distinct architectural and historical interest.

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Agia Varvara Monastery

The road to the monasteries is narrow, with dust and curves, so you have to be careful while driving.

RESTAURANTS AND TAVERNAS

First time in Skopelos? You ensure you you will get thrilled by the local food.

Enjoying your vacation in Skopelos and being in Skopelos town visit the taverna “ta kymata”, “rodi”  and “tou dimitraki”. “Anatoli” offers also great views and authentic rebetiki music.

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Anatoli

Outside Skopelos Chora, you must eat at Adrina Taverna in Adrina Beach Hotel, do not forget to taste among others the Lobster Spaghetti.

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Adrina Taverna, Adrina Beach Hotel

In Elios visit “Manolis Taverna” and the “5 Platania Hovolo Restaurant”.

“Flisvos Taverna” in Loutraki is a great choice as well.

HOTELS

Being for first time in Skopelos and have doubts where to book. No worries since there are many places to book while spending your vacation in Skopelos.

In Skopelos Chora the hotel “Skopelos Village” offers excellent hospitality. Moreover, Skopelos Village is a 4 stars hotel located just 600 meters from Skopelos port.

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Skopelos Sunrise Village Hotel

Outside Skopelos Town the best choice is the Adrina Hotels in Panormos. Adrina Hotels are the Adrina Beach Hotel and the Adrina Resort and Spa.

The beachfront Adrina Beach Hotel is a 4 stars hotel offering excellent professional services.  Moreover at the premises of Adrina Beach Hotel there are the Adrina Taverna, a swimming pool, a playground, breakfast area and magnificent views to Blo.

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Adrina Hotels

Adrina Resort and Spa is a 5 stars hotel. In fact it is the most exclusive place to spend your vacations since it offers full-pack wellness treatments. The hotel is built on a magnificent slope literally few shorts step from the private beach offering swimming pool, two restaurants, beach bar and beach services, a playfield,  a fully equipped spa while you can move by using the teleferic.

RECREATION

Skopelos Hiking, Cycling

Skopelos is not only an island with magnificent beaches but also mountainous island. The two mountains of the island are Delphi and Palouki. Therefore, many trails are there that are worth walking. So, for the trekking lovers Skopelos is a perfect place.

Furthermore Skopelos has excellent great routes for cycling. Skopelos is covered by pine forests. Its the green island of the Aegean. Hiking and Cycling is a magnificent experience for all of your senses. Every step you make is an opportunity to admire the lush nature.

Skopelos Dive Center

First time in Skopelos and the adventure begins…discover Skopelos seabed. The Skopelos Dive Center is located in Adrina Beach Hotel in the Panormos area.

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Skopelos Dive Center

Diving is an amazing way to discover the bottom of the sea. Skopelos is the ideal place for diving. In Dive center you can also learn how to dive and even take certification. Do not miss to visit the Christoforos shipwreck in Panormos. Furthermore, the adventurous guest can do a lot of snorkeling on Skopelos Island.

To conclude with, you should visit Skopelos for all the abovementioned.

First time in skopelos but certainly not the last.

Book your vacation in Skopelos and have Fun!!!!

 

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