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Holidays In Skopelos

Skopelos Holidays at a glance

This enchanting island with its picture postcard scenery is an artist's paradise. Being twice the size of its neighbour, Skiathos, but much more peaceful, Skopelos with its flower filled courtyards, pretty cobbled streets and hillsides blanketed by greenery. It paints a breathtaking picture on your approach into the harbour upon arrival.

Over one hundred tiny chapels are dotted around the town creating a striking contrast against the deep blue skies. More than 50% of the island is covered by a virgin forest of pine trees. Skopelos has been officially named by the International Organisation of Bio-politics in 1997, as the "Green and Blue Island" due to its vast amount of lush green forest, and beautiful blue sea.

Who holidays in Skopelos?

Skopelos is a haven for walkers and hikers, offering breathtaking scenery, as well as beautiful flora and fauna. The island features hiking trails of varying terrain - so whether you'd looking for a leisurely walk or a more challenging hike, a holiday in Skopelos is ideal for you.

Key Facts - Skopelos

  • CapitalSkopelos Town
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration from UK4 hours (Approx)
  • Nearest AirportSkiathos (JSI) - Transfer to Skopelos

Skopelos Holidays - Destination Profile

The Cyclades of Greece offer holidaymakers breathtaking natural scenery, including everything from sparkling coastlines to lush, green forests. The stunning island of Skopelos is no exception; with vast stretches of greenery and pristine, golden beaches, the island of Skopelos is renowned with artists and those who appreciate natural beauty at its best.

Dreaming of a getaway in paradise? Allow Olympic Holidays to arrange a holiday for you in Skopelos. With so much to offer, you're sure to come away from your holiday in Skopelos with memories of a lifetime!

Experience paradise on your holiday in Skopelos

Being twice the size of its neighbouring island of Skiathos, but much more peaceful, Skopelos is characterised by flower-filled courtyards, pretty cobbled streets and hillsides blanketed by greenery. Over 360 tiny white chapels are dotted throughout the island, with 100 of them in Skopelos Town creating a striking contrast against the deep blue skies. The oldest ecclesiastical structure on Skopelos is the basilica of Agios Athanasios built in the 11th century and located in the Kastro area.

Holidaymakers will have much to look forward to during their holiday in Skopelos. From watersports and sun-bathing on beautiful, sandy beaches to shopping and bar hopping in Skopelos Town, the island of Skopelos offers the perfect destination for any kind of holiday.

Holidays in Skopelos - Things to see

The village of Glossa where no cars are allowed, great views, narrow historic streets, a small church and cafe at the summit of the town.

The village of Klima was destroyed in 1965 but has been renovated it. It's fairly small but very enchanting.

The graves of Sedoukia lie next to the 700 metre high mountain Delphi. They are pre-historic graves and we recommend a visit during your stay.

Visit the 2 monasteries on the left side of Skopelos in the hills. Nuns still live within and are very happy to meet visitors. They are called the Evangelistra and Prodromos.

The folklore Museum is exhibiting various fine handiworks from the late 19th and 20th century (embroidery, weaving and handicraft work, especially ceramics, knives, woodcarvings and agricultural tools).

Things to do on a Holiday in Skopelos

Skopelos is an island suited to walkers and hikers, with its numerous footpaths and organised trails. There are guided walks available for those that are keen to discover the best routes available.

Due to its rocky and rugged coastline and the numerous caves and small bays Skopelos is also ideal for kayaking.

Eating/Drinking During Skopelos Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Skopelos Holidays

By Bus: Skopelos is reasonably well served by public bus. There are four routes. Buses run the main route every half-hour in the high season beginning in Skopelos Town and making stops at Stafilos, Agnondas, Panormos, the Adrina Beach Hotel, Milia, Elios, Klima, Glossa, and Loutraki. The fare from Skopelosto Glossa is about 2 Euros.

By Taxi: Taxis will provide service to almost any place on the island. They are not metered so negotiate the fare before accepting a ride. A typical fare, from Skopelos to Glossa is around 25 Euros.

By Boat: To visit the more isolated beaches, take one of the large excursion boats. Excursion boats to Glisteri, Gliphoneri, and Sares beaches operate only in peak season. From the port of Agnondas, on the south coast, there are fishing boats to Limnonari, one of the island's better beaches.

By Car: Rental cars and Jeeps are available from our representatives

Skopelos Holidays Shopping

All over the island honey is collected and sold in small stores and supermarkets. The olive press in Glossa collects and sells olive oils in attractive bottles.

There are several families on the island who collect fruits (plums, cherries) and make sweets from them. It is called in Greece "one spoonful of sweetness" and it is served on a small plate with a small spoon with the fruit and with a small cup of Greek coffee.

There is one shop which sells just those products; plums, cherries, oranges, mandarin, grapes, figs, quince and courgettes in syrup.

Beautiful pottery can be found where plates, jars, cups are all hand painted in all the colours of the rainbow.

Holidays in Skopelos - Beaches

Stafylos - Close to Skopelos Town with a traditional taverna.

Agnondas - A small, quaint fishing port.

Limnonari - A white and sandy beach with two taverna's on the beach.

Panormos - Several taverna's and a small supermarkets.

Kastani - A very picturesque beach situated within a cove. More remote than the other spots. (Most of the beaches in Skopelos offer sunbeds and umbrellas for hire.)

Weather and climate information

During the balmy August evenings 'meltemia' (the summer winds) blow. Temperatures in July and August range from 82F (28C) during the day to 72F (22C) at night. Rainfall is unlikely in summer but showers can be expected between September and May.

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Skopelos 18 22 27 28 28 25 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Skopelos 8 9 10 11 11 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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