The chief settlements are Skopelos Town, with a population of around three thousand, declared as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty (Presidential Decree 5913-11/78) and Glossa, with a population of just over one thousand. Between them are dozens of tiny inland villages and hamlets, and the smaller ports of Agnondas, Elios and Loutraki.
Skopelos is perhaps the greenest of Greek islands with a mantle of pines, oaks, olive and fruit trees. The seas around are among the cleanest and clearest, in Greece. Island geology has produced an estimated sixty-seven miles of beaches, both sandy such as the long strand at Kastani (the Mama-Mia beach) and pebble such as Panormos. All of the popular beaches are shallow, safe and free of currents, ideal for families. Dense forests rising above low white limestone cliffs, have earned Skopelos the nickname of the “green on blue” island. Its renovated network of stone-laid footpaths (kalderimi), opens up its forests, mountains and hidden valleys in remote areas. A short hike can take you into breathtaking wilderness in just minutes.
The island shares the region’s history of centuries of settlement by Macedonians, Romans, the Byzantine Empire, Venice, the Ottoman Empire and the declaration of the First Hellenic Republic in 1832. Skopelos boasts over 360 churches and a wealth of splendid monastic buildings, including the Evangelismos (Annunciation), one of three Byzantine monasteries overlooking the town. Bronze Age and Roman sites can be seen at Stafilos, Loutraki and Sendoukia, their histories recorded in the small folk museums in Skopelos and Glossa.
Skopelos island is part of the Northern Sporades chain of islands. It sits in the North Western Aegean sea just off the East coast of mainland Greece.
As officially the greenest of the Greek islands. Part of the appeal of the island is that it doesn’t have an airport. This means that ultimately getting to
What Skopelos lacks in ruins, museums and art galleries, it more than makes up for with monasteries. There are dozens scattered around the island, including perhaps 10 on Mount Palouki alone. Each monastery comprises suntrap courtyards, a dusky chapel filled with glittering icons and intricate altar line