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Skopelos - Make your own Greek odyssey

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 Glossa at the island’s north-western tip, you will disembark the ferry at either Glossa or Skopelos port, depending on the location of your villa.

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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. The area features a scattering of holiday villas and local homes, set within the lush terraces covered with plum, fig and olive trees. The natural beach at Glystiri is easily accessible by car from our villas.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


The small, pretty harbour at Loutraki is a docking point for inter-island ferries, fishing boats and yachts alike. Here you can watch the colourful fishing boats unloading their catch or just relax and people watch. A lunchtime meal by the peaceful waterfront overlooking the pebble beach can extend through the afternoon and on to watching the sunset - all whilst enjoying a glass of Retsina or two, before you can tear yourself away.

  • 1hr 45mins fromSkiathos


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 in the single taverna at the water's edge. Pirgos is an ideal base for walkers owing to the numerous small roads and trails in the surrounding countryside.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


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. Close to the areas of Ditropon, Limonari and Panormos, Alikias offers a taste of Greek village life.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


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.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


The peaceful area of Kambos offers a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere just outside the main resort of Skopelos Town. The centre of Skopelos Town is just a short drive away, where you will find a variety of amenities including shops, bars and restaurants. Various tavernas are located along the attractive waterfront, which makes a scenic location to enjoy leisurely lunches and evening meals. Not far away, you will find a choice of great beaches lapped by crystal clear waters.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


Metoxi is a tranquil area ideal for relaxation, just a short drive from the main resort of Skopelos Town. In Skopelos Town you will find an attractive waterfront with tavernas, bars and souvenir shops, and a picturesque old town with many winding streets to explore. You will also find a number of elegant little boutiques and jewellers, as well as various shops for day to day needs. There are a number of good pebble beaches along the surrounding coastline where you can spend some time relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


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. You will also find a number of elegant jewellers and ceramic shops as well as various shops for day to day needs. There are a number of good pebble beaches along the surrounding coastline where you can spend some time relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


Mortero is the ideal location for those wanting peaceful, natural surroundings whilst being close to a selection of beaches and the town. Skopelos Town, with its variety of amenities, is only a short drive away, as are the wonderful Panormos and Milia beaches. Here you will find white shingle beaches surrounded by pine-tree covered mountains that run down to the brilliant blue sea. Traditional tavernas specialising in fresh, local seafood can be found close to the beaches of Panormos, Milia and Elios.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


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. A beautiful rural area, yet within easy reach of the bustling town with its wonderful waterfront bars and tavernas.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos


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. The area features a scattering of holiday villas and local homes set within the olive covered terraces.

  • 2hrs fromSkiathos

Your Skopelos Villa holiday

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Local cuisine in Skopelos

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.

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Outdoor pursuits in Skopelos

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 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!

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On the beach in Skopelos

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 the main port of Skopelos should you wish, inter-island ferries let you explore the nearby islands.

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After Sundown in Skopelos

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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Not to be missed...

  • Enjoy a long lazy lunch in one of the many waterfront tavernas, whilst surrounded by wonderful scenery.
  • Explore the beautiful countryside on one of the many walking trails which wind high into the hills, drawing you through the famous olive groves and plum orchards.
  • Take a boat trip to the neighbouring island of Alonissos and you will be rewarded with natural beaches and a beautiful coastline. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of dolphins in the clear blue waters.
  • Enjoy the peaceful, secluded coves and bays which can be found dotted around the Skopelos coastline.

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