Lying between Skiathos and Alonissos, Skopelos is the second island in the Northern Sporades chain and the largest of the three. Skopelos is an island for everyone’s taste, with a nice balance between those who want more than to lie on the beach all day and those who want a relaxing holiday. Not as busy as Skiathos and not as quiet as Alonissos, Skopelos offers both nightlife and quiet, easy going choices. The island is very mountainous with ravines and gorges. Covered in green with an abundance of different types of trees that cover the coastline and reach down to the beaches.
Skopelos has one main town – Skopelos town – and three villages – Glossa, Klima and Elios. Encircling the harbour, Skopelos town has something for everyone; tranquil small squares with marvelous views, quaint churches in magnificent settings or bustling bars with loud music. Its traditional architecture makes it unique amongst Greek islands. Narrow flower-filled cobbled streets climb the hillside between white washed houses with slate or red-tile roofs and bougainvillea cascading down their walls. The old town is a designated preservation area and new building must retain the old style. Built on a steep slope, it is largely inaccessible to vehicles. For those staying in the town a car is not a necessity. You may wander for hours in the quiet neighbourhoods exploring the 120 Byzantine churches with the carved temples, or the ruins of the 13th century Venetian fortress.
There are a variety of beaches and coves with crystal clear waters. Mostly shingle but a few sandy, secluded or much frequented, for nudists or not, with waterside traditional taverns or canteens, for snorkeling, underwater fishing or just swimming, with sun beds, umbrellas and sea sports. They are easy to reach by buses and taxis, by cars and mopeds, by boats and caiques or on foot.
Stafilos: It was named after the mythical Prince Stafilos. His grave was found on the small cape at the right side, together with his golden sword, which is displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Athens. The grave is similar to the royal Mycenaean ones. It is believed that Prince Stafilos with a group of Cretans settled here and founded a town, in 1600 B.C. It is the closet beach to Skopelos town (4.5 km), very popular and crowded with mixed sand and shingle with umbrellas and sunbeds in a delightful setting. There are two tavernas nearby.
Velanio: Next to Stafilos, on the other side of the headland, much larger and wider, with umbrellas and sun beds. Impressive with fine thick sand and a water spring at the very end. Some years ago it was the most popular (unofficial) nudist beach of the island.
Agnondas: Named after the winning Olympic runner Agnon, in 569 B.C. who returning from Olympia, landed at this port. A charming fishing hamlet, 8 km from the town. Small, shingle coast with waterside taverns and scenic sunsets. Popular and crowded. Agnondas is used as a second harbour, when the weather is bad.
Limnonari: Nice sandy beach with sun beds and umbrellas and waterside taverns. 9.5 km from Skopelos town.
Panormos: A fabulous, wind protected bay with turquoise waters; consists of a large shingle beach and lots of coves. The beach is popular and crowded, with water sports, umbrellas, sun beds, and an adequate number of waterside taverns, cafes and other shops. 12 km from Skopelos.
Adrines: Adrines are the little coves which sprawl in idyllic settings in a row after Panormos, 13 km from Skopelos town. Most of them are isolated and quiet with shingle beaches are easily reached on foot from the main road. The myth on the naming of this area is that they were named after Adrina, who was a female pirate. The legend says that she came to Skopelos with her ship and her men to plunder the island. The men disembarked and Adrina anchored her ship off those coves to wait for them. The pirates were ambushed by the islanders and when Adrina heard the news she committed suicide.
Milia: 14 km from the town of Skopelos, a lush, shingle beach with crystal water. Well organized with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports in magnificent surrounding scenery. Milia is crowded during the high season, but if you walk towards the end of the beach, you will find a quiet cove, behind the rocks. It is well worth lingering and watching the sun setting.
Kastani: 15 km from the town, next to Milia. A sloping dirt road, 500 meters off the bus route brings you to this lovely beach. Kastani gets very crowded during July and August, but early or late in the season it is very quiet and ideal for romantics. The beach made famous in the movie Mamma Mia! which was filmed on Skopelos.
Karkatzouna: 19 km from the town of Skopelos. A sloping path from the main bus road brings you to this beautiful beach with crystal clear water. Mixed sandy and shingle. It is quiet even during the peak season.
Agios Konstantinos: 2,5 km from Skopelos town, with cliff top traditional tavernas and superb views over its bay and neighboring Alonissos island.
Glisteri: A small cove with waterside taverns, 4,5 km from Skopelos town. Large pebbles and with frequent access by boat from Skopelos town.
Agios Ioannis: On the way to Glossa, with an interesting monastery perched high on the rock surrounded by sea.
Perivoliou: Located 4 km from Glossa, very close to Hondros Yiorgos, secluded and remote, it is the last beach on the north-east of the island. Fine shingles and shady from impressive rocks hanging above the beach
Kanalaki (the Dead Woman): It is situated between Perivoliou and Hondros Yiorgos. 4,5 Km from Glossa Village and 28,5 Km from Skopelos Town. On the same road to Hondros Yiorgos there is a small turn to the left where you should leave your private vehicle and then follow the path. It is the most secluded and remote beach of Skopelos Island and maybe the nicest one. The beach is accessible only by foot and has fine shingles and shade from the rocks above.
Hondros Yiorgos: 4,5 km from Glossa, secluded and remote, close to Perivoliou.