Skopelos is an island in the western Aegean Sea. Skopelos is one of several islands which comprise the Northern Sporades island group. The island is located east of mainland of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea and is part of the Thessaly Periphery. Skopelos is also the name of the main port and the municipal center of the island. The geography of Skopelos includes two mountains over 500 meters; Delphi (681 m) in the center of the island, and Palouki (546 m) in the southeast. Skopelos island consists of a total area of 96 km² (36.6 mi²). The nearest inhabited islands are Skiathos to the west and Alonissos to the east.
Read about the history of Skopelos at Wikipedia
Skopelos has the shape of a saxohone, with the “neck” pointing northwest, and the “bell” lying on the east. There are not many bays and natural harbors, and cliffs steeply fall into the sea in the greatest part of the coast. Mountains dominate the western and eastern parts of the island. There are several plains; in Staphylos, Ditropon, and Panormos. The main port of Skopelos can sometimes be closed due to northerly gales. The smaller bays of Staphylos, Agnondas on the south coast and Panormos on the west offer better protection. The main port and municipal center of the island (Skopelos or “Chora”) is situated in the bay on the northern coast. It is noted for its architectural heritage. In 2001, it had about 3,000 inhabitants.
Things to do on Skopelos
Mountain Biking: With over 50% of the island’s surface made up of forest and hills, Skopelos is perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts. A series of challenging trails will take you through enchanting landscape, ancient abbeys and lovely coastal scenery. Many places offer cycle hire and it remains one of the most rewarding ways to experience the real Greece.
Birdwatching: Skopelos has a variety of fauna – including about 60 species of wild birds – native and migratory. There are several birds of prey, most common are the Eleonora’s Falcon, the European Scops Owl and the Common Buzzard. Also kestrels, eagles, and vultures can be seen. Very obvious throughout the island is the Hooded Crow. Occasionally Grey Herons and kingfishers and more commonly the Great Cormorant, the Herring gull and the Yellow-legged Gull are seen along the coast. In March 2007 the Municipal Authorities cleaned a wetland habitat near the town beach at the outlet to the sea of Skopelos’ only permanently flowing stream. The area had been home to frogs and the birds that fed on them.
Organized Walking Trips: For a real taste of traditions in Skopelos, an organised walking tour is the perfect introduction to the island’s rich history, folklore and customs. Visit quaint villages, churches and abbeys and walk through fragrant pine forests towards fresh mountain springs.
Noted for the beauty of its beaches, a holiday in Skopelos will see a vivid blend of the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and brilliant white sands for the perfect environment for days of sun worship. Surrounded by lush vegetation of woodland and olive trees, the beaches at Kastani and Hovolo are simply idyllic and a firm favourite with visitors seeking utter tranquillity.