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Skopelos: the popular lady of the Sporades islands...  

Summer in Skopelos... Clear blue waters, thick pine forests, sun, pebbles, taverns, peaceful and carefree moments. Forget the hectic pace of the neighboring Skiathos. Skopelos is the ideal choice if you desire green landscapes, dreamy beaches and romantic sunsets.
The uniqueness of the Greek island became known to the ends of the earth through the successful Hollywood production ‘Mamma Mia’, which wonderful landscapes of Skopelos, such as the monastery of St. John and Kastani beach were shown.

The town of Skopelos, the first "welcome" on the island

The town of Skopelos is a traditional settlement with characteristic island elements. Picturesque, narrow streets exist among the white houses with their small balconies, courtyards and flowers, small churches which account the 123 ones, taverns and small cafes. It has been built in such a way as to follow the inclination of the slope, while, at the same time, it surrounds the harbor of the island. Its basic feature is the beauty in its simplicity ...

The distinctive Ai Giannis  (Saint John)...

Skopelos is famous for its numerous churches, which it is said to reach the 360. One, however, stands out both for its beauty and for its history. The small chapel of St. John, just before the village of Glossa, is built on the top of a cliff, surrounded by turquoise waters. According to tradition, a fisherman saw a light on the top of the rock, where he discovered the icon of St. John the Baptist. Although he carried the icon somewhere else, it always returned to the same place where, finally, the specific chapel was built.

The carved tombs of Karia

They are four ancient, carved tombs, which you will meet on Karya mountain. Heading for Karya,you will follow a wooded path that will lead you to a location with a stunning view of the neighboring islands of Skiathos, Alonissos and Evia.

The legend of the "crushed" rock

It is about an impressive rock, which looks like it was cut by a human hand, with magical waters surrounding it. It is situated a little further from the beach of Stafylos and the access is only possible by boat. The local legend associated with the existence of the rock wants Saint Rigino, the saint patron of the island, to chase the dragon which killed the inhabitants of the island. Trying to escape and having no other means of escape, he fell off the cliff, which was torn and was called Drakontoschima.

The Folklore Museum

Traditional utensils, ceramics, embroidery, woodwork furniture and costumes are hosted in the collections of the Folklore Museum of Skopelos. The cultural tradition and heritage of the island is there to be explored!

Famous beaches worldwide

The main feature of Skopelos that is going to excite you is directly related to its beaches. Here the turquoise waters are combined with the white pebbles or the  shores and dense pine forests reaching the sea. In Kastani with its crystal clear waters, a big part of Mama Mia filming was held. The exotic Milia, perhaps the most famous beach of the island, has small pebbles and crystal clear waters. Opposite it, you will make out the small island of Dassia. Equally loved is the beach of Stafylos, just 4 km from the town, which is a well organized and sandy beach. Panormos, Velanio & Limnonari reward you with their natural beauty.

Gastronomy

The strength of Skopelos is undoubtedly the traditional,twisted cheese pie, with local goat cheese. In the cuisine of Skopelos plums occupy a special place. The"avgato" is produced from these, the most popular sweet in the region. Honey, wine, olives and Skopelos cheese, which come from the virgin land of the island, are worth your attention.

 

 
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