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Skopelos Island

  Your sailing charter holidays will be relaxing in Skopelos It is exceptionally beautiful with bright churches and monasteries, and with white houses with green – blue roofs.
Like Skiathos, it is densely wooded with pine over its slopes. Skopelos has more than 40 different sandy beaches and beautiful bays. Historically, it was a colony of Minoans and it is said that the son of Dionysus and Ariadne, Prince Stafilos became the first king of the island.  

Skopelos Island

Skopelos Island   His grave was found in 1927 on the right side of Stafilos beach. All the harbors have traditional taverns with fresh fish, and nightlife can be found in Skopelos town.

Harbors and shelters

  • Skopelos Town

  • Glossa

  • Agnontas

  • Panormos

 

Skopelos Island

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The main port on the island is in Skopelos Town. It has a northerly exposure from which direction there is often a strong wind. This wind can force ferries and other boats to dock on the southern side of the island at the small port of Agnodas. Agnodas seems to have been created just for this purpose as there is little other than a few rooms to rent, a taverna, a small beach, and a road connecting this otherwise quiet town to Skopelos Town. If your ferry is diverted here due to high winds, there is a free bus service that will take you to Skopelos Town.

Skopelos is a large island and there are many beaches to chose from. All of the northern Sporadic Islands are subject to a strong wind blowing from the north. As a result, most of the beaches on these islands are found on the sheltered southern sides. This fact holds true for Skopelos as well. Stafilos is the most popular beach on Skopelos. It is just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Skopelos Town and is an enjoyable walk. One of the nicest beaches on the island, and also the main nudist beach, is Valanio, north along the coast from Stafilos. Between Stafilos and the northern most town of Glossa you will find these notable beaches: Milia (popular with windsurfers), Hovolo, and on the far north coast Limnonari.

The primary paved road on the island connects Glossa in the north to Skopelos Town in the southeast. Most of the roads run along the western and southern coasts of the island. There is frequent public bus service that runs along this road from morning to night. Since the road runs so close to the coast, almost all of the beaches can be easily reached by bus.

Stafilos and Peparithos, who according to legend, were the sons of Dionysus and Ariadne (King Minos' Daughter), were the original Minoan colonists. They brought olives and grapes for wine to Skopelos. At Stafilos beach there are the remains of an ancient Minoan city. A large, undisturbed grave was found here and yielded several important finds including a huge sword with a gilded handle thought to be that of Stafilos himself.
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