Vacations in Skopelos (Sporades - Greece)
Skopelos: Quiet vacations on a green island with amazing beaches
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Information On Skopelos
Skopelos belongs to the Sporades island complex and is located between Skiathos and Alonissos islands. Skopelos is a verdant island with rich vegetation and perhaps the greenest island in all Aegean.
Skopelos became widely known thanks to the hit-movie Mamma Mia which was filmed on the island in 2008. More than any other of the attractions of Skopelos, the movie highlighted the romantic little chappel of Agios Giannis in Katri, which is at the top of a gigantic vertical rock, approximately 100 stairs above the sea surface.
Skopelos is the most balanced island of Sporades, because it is not as noisy as Skiathos but at the same time it is more lively than Alonissos. You will find several bars, while in Chora there are some rempetadika (night clubs with traditional music), as rempetiko is a type of music with rich history on Skopelos.
On Skopelos there is an excellent local plum variation, which is the basis for many traditional recipes for foods and sweets, while it is much more tasty than the common plums. There is also the famous traditional spoon sweet avgato, named after the plum variation which is used in order to make it. At the end of August there is the Plum Festival held on Skopelos, where visitors are offered baked plums and wine..
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Beaches Of Skopelos
Most Skopelos beaches are found at the west side of Skopelos and most of them, like the island itself, are swamped by trees.
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Travel To Skopelos
You can get to Skopelos from the harbor of Agios Konstantinos and the harbor of Volos, with the trip being 2-3,5 hours long. During the high season there is also a ship reaching Skopelos from Kymi of Evia (about 4,5 hours trip).
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Transportation On Skopelos (Car Rentals)
Skopelos is a small island but unfortunately the bus timetable very poor and buses are not frequent (on average they pass every 2 hours) so having a vehicle is rather necessary. However, the bus station is found right next to the harbor, while next to it is also the taxi station. Not that you should depend too much on the taxis, as they are very few while the people are too many. If you want to be independent from the public transportation which by the way is always over crowded, you will have no trouble finding a place to rent a car or a motorcycle. Finally, the roads of Skopelos are in good condition.
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Accommodation On Skopelos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Most choices for your accommodation are in the town of Skopelos, while there are several hotels / rooms to let in Glossa and Neo Klima which are to the west, very close to most beaches of Skopelos. A good choice to stay is in Stafylos to the south, since there you can find many rooms and the nice homonymous beach. In any case Skopelos is not a big island so the transportation from one place to another poses no problem at all.
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Food & Drink On Skopelos
Skopelos is famous for its cheese pie, which you can now find all over Greece. However there are many other types of traditional pies, like the tasty onion pie. Two traditional signature dishes of Skopelos that you have to try are the local goat with quince and the blackfist stew with onions, while there are many dishes with sweet or sour plums, as Skopelos is famous for its plums. For dessert you can sit in one of the many shops of the picturesque town to order an amygdalato (almond based sweet), avgato (plum based sweet) and hamalia (sweet made with almond and rose water).
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What To Buy On Skopelos
Do not forget to take home some avgato spoon sweet, which is made with the famous plum variety of Skopelos. On Skopelos you can also buy some unique hand-made knives from local craftsmen.
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Attractions On Skopelos
The beautiful capital of Skopelos has been declared preservable settlement.
A picturesque village in a verdant landscape with a unique view of the sea.
The folklore museum represents the traditional house of Skopelos with all its rooms and items.
It is worth climbing to the Venetian castle of Skopelos, to admire the panoramic view of the town.
Episkopi was built by the Enetians and was originally intended to be a fortress, that is why it is surrounded by tall walls.
An impressive tall rock that stands over the sea with the small byzantine church of Agios Ioannis on its top.
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Alternative Islands To Skopelos
Skopelos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Alonissos (4 klm from Skopelos)
Skiathos (7 klm from Skopelos)
Skyros (60 klm from Skopelos)
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