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Find information on Skopelos Town in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Skopelos is the largest of the Sporades islands which lie off the east coast of mainland Greece. It is a beautiful green, fertile island that remains unscathed by tourism. Skopelos Town is protected by a presidential decree giving it Traditional Settlement Status which means there are strict planning laws regarding new developments. There can be no buildings higher than two stories and traditional styles must be observed. This has helped the claim that Skopelos has the prettiest harbour in the whole of Greece. It is certainly a very attractive town with narrow cobbled streets with a range of house from mansions to humble dwellings. The town beaches are accessed by bus or water taxi and are comprised of golden sand and shingle. There are restaurants and tavernas serving a wide variety of food and many small shops so loved by tourists.
A Skopelos Town holiday offers a relaxing break in charming surroundings on an island that is noted for its natural beauty.
Skopelos Town is a delightful place where the pace of life has altered little over the years. The beauty of the sight that greets you as sail into the harbour will leave a lasting impression. The white washed houses with tiled roofs and wooden balconies laden with flowering plants rise up the hill from the harbour. There are wonderful beaches in the vicinity offering safe bathing and water sports.
Skopelos Town is popular with a wide variety of people. Couples and older tourists come to Skopelos Town for the peace and tranquillity that they find here. It is also a good base from which to explore the rest of the island.
The most popular time to visit Skopelos Town is in the summer although the season extends from Easter to the end of October. The summertime temperature range is in the middle to late twenties.
Skopelos Town, on the north east coast of Skopelos, is the Sporadean Islands’ jewel in the crown. It takes forty-five minutes by hydrofoil to reach the island from Skiathos. On entering the harbour you are faced with a charming sight. Pretty houses with flowering plants and bougainvillea cascading from the wooden balconies climb up the hill towards the medieval fortress that dominates the town. The harbour is a busy bustling centre with traditional tavernas and cafes where you can watch the activities while resting under the shade of the tall plane trees. The harbour also has a variety of shops.
The old town is a maze of narrow streets with small squares, usually housing a tiny church, (there are over ninety in this small area). The views as you climb the streets are magnificent and well worth the effort.
The nearest beaches to the town are only a short bus ride away. They are a mix of sand and shingle beaches and sheltered coves. All are washed by the clear waters of the bay and provide good bathing conditions. There are water taxis which take you to beaches a little further afield.
Skopelos Town has a range of hotels, apartments and studios accommodating most budgets. Its restaurants and tavernas serve a variety of food from traditional fish dishes to international cuisine.
A Skopelos Town holiday offers a relaxing break in stunning surroundings with a wealth of interesting sights and recreational activities. It is well placed for exploring the rest of this beautiful isle.
The nightlife in Skopelos Town is a low key affair. Evenings are spent wining and dining in small restaurants and tavernas. If you eat on the hill beneath the fortress, you will not only enjoy your food but also the wonderful views over the bay.
Skopelos Town has a good number of boutiques and craft and gift shops. The harbour is a busy little area where you can purchase the usual holiday souvenirs. Popular buys include leather goods, ceramics, embroidered linens, lace and gold and silver jewellery.
Skopelos Town has restaurants serving a range of food catering for most tastes. Traditional tavernas provide a range of delicious including locally caught fish, simply cooked. Moussaka is another Greek favourite made from minced lamb, aubergines and a béchamel sauce. A good way to try traditional food is to order Mezedes, the Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, which includes a variety of bite-sized fish, meat and vegetables.
Local wines are inexpensive and very palatable.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are usually accommodated.