Published on: 28 October 2014
Skopelos is the largest island in the Northern Sporades group, yet remains charmingly untainted by mass tourism. Lush green hillsides carpeted with pine and olive trees sweep down across the countryside, earning Skopelos its worthy title of ‘the Emerald of the Aegean’. Its pretty white-washed houses spill in layers down the hillsides giving a truly Greek scene whilst the dense pine forests provide a beautiful backdrop for olive groves and wonderful plum, almond and citrus orchards. Days can be spent exploring the wonderful interior of the island, lounging on lovely sand and shingle beaches and discovering pebble coves. This unspoilt island is reached from the neighbouring island, Skiathos. Guests can pre book tansfers from Skiathos airport to the island of Skopelos via ferry. The fast hydrofoil service from Skiathos takes a mere twenty minutes to reach the small port of Loutraki at the island’s north-western tip, you will disembark the ferry at either Loutraki or Skopelos port, depending on the location of your villa.Learn more about Skopelos »
Located within a few minutes drive of Skopelos town, the rural area of Glysteri is conveniently located for those guests looking to holiday in a countryside location yet within minutes of the town.2 villas 2hrs Skiathos
The pretty harbour at Loutraki is a docking point for ferries, fishing boats and yachts alike. Here you can watch the colourful fishing boats unloading their catch or just relax and watch the world go by.2 villas 1hr 45mins Skiathos
With hillsides covered in olive groves and wandering herds of goats, Pirgos offers a peaceful setting with easy access to the pretty beach at Glysteri, where guests can enjoy lunch at the water's edge.2 villas 2hrs Skiathos
The beautiful and peaceful area of Alikias lies in the heart of rural Skopelos, enjoying lush countryside whilst being just nine kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Skopelos Town.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
The area of Aloupi is set just behind Skopelos town, providing a rural location yet close to the town and port. Here guests can dine at a variety of tavernas and enjoy a pre dinner drink in one of the many pavement cafes and bars.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
The peaceful area of Kambos offers a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere just outside the main resort of Skopelos Town which is conveniently located just a short drive away.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
Metoxi is a tranquil area ideal for relaxation, just a short drive from the main resort of Skopelos Town where you will find an attractive waterfront with tavernas, bars and many winding streets to explore.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
Mili, meaning windmill is just a short drive from the main resort of Skopelos Town. Skopelos Town features a pleasant waterfront with many tavernas, bars and souvenir shops, and a picturesque old town with many winding streets to explore.1 villa
Mortero is the ideal location for those wanting peaceful, natural surroundings whilst being close to a selection of beaches - Skopelos Town, with its variety of amenities, is only a short drive away,1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
The peaceful area of Pefkias sits perched above Skopelos town and commands wonderful views across the lush green countryside down to the town and sea beyond.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
Located within a ten minute drive of Skopelos town, Raches is conveniently located for guest looking to holiday in a countryside location yet within easy reach of the town.1 villa 2hrs Skiathos
All our villas in Skopelos are visited and handpicked by our in-house experts
We have chosen a selection of 14 villas from our full list of properties in Skopelos. Find the perfect villa below:
Across the island there are a variety of local amenities and tavernas offering traditional Greek fare. However, for a wider variety a visit to Skopelos Town should not be missed. The harbour is the hub of Skopelos Town; here, you can enjoy one of the mouth watering traditional dishes accompanied by a glass of chilled Retsina in one of the many waterfront cafes, bars and tavernas.
This mountainous island offers many natural ravines, gorges and miles of old mule tracks winding across the island for walkers to explore and admire. You can join an organised walk to go bird or butterfly watching or explore the beautiful countryside with a picnic. The narrow streets of the old town are well worth a visit, and an organised walk can be taken. The pathways and stairs are quite steep but the magnificent views make the effort worthwhile!
The beaches are a must – choose from sand, shingle or sheltered pebble coves. Whichever you choose, the crystal clear water lapping the shore will appeal to swimmers, snorkellers and divers alike. Boat trips are available from many bays and should you wish, inter-island ferries let you explore the nearby islands.
Steeped in history, everywhere you turn in Skopelos there is a reminder of the rich culture of Greece. There are ruins in Glossa dating from 400 BC and ancient walls from the Byzantine time. Skopelos Town itself is built at the foot of a Venetian Castle, whilst at Cape Gourouni the northern most point of the island, the monastery of the Aghios Taxiarchos, can be found. Built on the ruins of a 7th century Byzantine church and featuring a working lighthouse, with spectacular views.
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Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
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Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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