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The island of Skopelos, lying east of the mainland, is a very traditional Greek island with its wonderful beaches, historic buildings and laidback Mediterranean lifestyle.
Holidays to Skopelos are snapped up by those looking for an authentic and sun-soaked slice of life on Greece...
Scenic and considered as one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, it is easy to see why visitors love it. Holidays in Skopelos town are particularly popular. Thanks to its status as an area of Outstanding Architectural Inheritance, the town retains much of its traditional charm.
The great thing about Skopelos town holidays is that you are not just limited to the town. The island is small and it’s easy to get to beaches and other places of interest. Skopelos town is easily reached by ferry from nearby Skiathos, though there are other options.
Arranged on hills around the harbour, Skopelos town is an attraction in itself. There are lots of churches to explore in the cobbled maze of streets in the main town. Also in Skopelos town is the Folklore Museum, with some interesting handicraft exhibits. Another fascinating sight is the Evangelistria Monastery, which overlooks the town. Founded in the 17th century it’s still home to nuns who welcome visitors wishing to see some impressive icons.
Clearly, any holidays in Skopelos town will also include time on the beach, and there are several beaches nearby. Stafilos beach is good for sunbathing and is around five miles from the town, offering clear, blue water. The facilities around here are quite basic with just a couple of small taverns and a cafe.
Further away are other lovely places. The resorts of Angontas and Limonari, for example, are worth visiting. Limonari is really only accessible by boat, but this helps to keep it secluded. Around 16 miles from Skopelos town is the pretty harbour of Glossa. The rocky beach is attractive and the 45 minute drive from Skopelos is lovely, too, as it goes through mountainous areas. The whole area around Glossa is relatively undeveloped, so it is generally a peaceful place.
All around the island are fascinating historical remains. The island's oldest settlement is Peparethos, with its Venetian fortress. The fortress can be seen from anywhere in the town and is a popular tourist sight.
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