The town of Skopelos, on the southeast coast, is the main hub of the island. The pretty harbour front is the bustling heart but there are excellent bars and restaurants located throughout. Wandering through the maze of lanes in the old town inevitably means you find somewhere new. The islanders take huge pride in the quality of the local produce and the island is renowned for its plums and honey.
The island has a large number of beautiful beaches (shingle and sand) which are easily accessible via the main coast road and many more which can only be reached from the water. Skopelos is often referred to as the “blue green island” due to its crystal-clear turquoise water and lush pine forests. It was chosen as the setting for the Mamma Mia movie and there are some landmarks made famous as locations for various scenes.
The mountainous interior has several monasteries dotted throughout and is host to a wealth of native flora and fauna. Pine martins and tortoises can often be seen when walking the old donkey tracks that cross the island.
Activities/things to do
We recommend that guests hire a car. It is not necessary as you can easily walk from the house into town and there is a very good bus service that runs the coast road throughout the day. But from personal experience we have found that you get to see and enjoy so much more of the island with a car at your disposal.
There are a wide range of activities available on the island including, but not limited to, the following:
Sea kayaking. Excellent tours organised.
SUP. Rental available from various locations.
Road cycling/mountain biking. Rentals and guided rides available.
Walking/hiking. Lots of well-marked routes, local guidebooks and accurate maps.
Trail running. As above.
Diving. Professional diving company based in Skopelos town.
Snorkelling. Excellent at most beaches. The house has a variety of equipment and sizes for guests to borrow.
Motorboat hire. Several companies offer rentals. We recommend that bookings are made via Madro Travel in Skopelos town.
Boat day trips. Boats are moored in the main port and offer all sorts of day trips.
Yachting. As above.
Yoga. Classes are available to be booked.
Boules (Petanque) court at the house.
Skopelos can be easily reached via several travel routes. The quickest and easiest is to fly to the neighbouring island of Skiathos and then a ferry (1hr 15m) or hydrofoil (0h45m) transfer from Skiathos port to the main port of Skopelos. Alternatively, you can fly to the airports of Athens, Volos or Thessaloniki and there are various ferry transfer options from there on to Skopelos.
Ferry timetables are available at ferryscanner.com