@Skopelos – green on blue…

Posted on May 25 in home
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Skopelos is the largest of the emerald islands of Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros) with crystal clear blue beaches to explore!

The island is full of pine forests that make it ideal for walking and hiking. There are two large settlements: Hora (Skopelos Town) on the east coast; and the hill village of Glossa, close to Loutraki port on the west coast.
Skopelos is famous of its enchanting view when you are entering the harbor, the 360 churches, the white painted houses and the narrow paved alleys. It is a traditional island known for its relaxed atmosphere.

GoSkopelos.com Team wishes you to enjoy your stay!


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Sporades Standup Paddleboarding @Skopelos…

Posted on May 24 in home, news
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There’s no better way to enjoy the stunning scenery of Skopelos than paddleboarding to its many beautiful bays and beaches!

Sporades SUP offers a range of activities including beginner lessons with a fully qualified instructor. Families, couples and groups are welcome! Photos & fun included at no additional charge.

For intermediate to advanced SUP-ers, or beginners having completed a lesson, we offer sunrise, afternoon or sunset tours. No matter what your skill level, we’re positive that you’ll have a fun & safe adventure with Sporades SUP.

For more information please visit: http://sporadeslife.com/sporadessup/

And of course our proposal to stay: Villa Eleonorae

Skopelos Hora to Loutraki…

Posted on Jun 07 in home
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Starting from Skopelos to Loutraki, you will enjoy an amazing view of  the island… There are various spots & places either to stop for photos or enjoy a nice ‘elliniko’ cafe or a ‘tsipouro’… you choose!

Spots…

Agnondas port (for ouzo & tsipouro)
Panormos for coffee & relaxing…
Milia beach – with the best beach tavern…
Kastani beach – the Mamma-Mia beach…
Palio Klima – a traditional village (see below)
Glossa – a village literary climbing the mountain…
Loutraki – enjoy the small port cafes & tavernas…

Palio Klima Sunsets (in  your way from Skopelos to Glossa/Loutraki)
Enchanting & one of the best parts of the island is the Palio Klima sunsets. Any time of the year a different ‘painting’, a different picture of nature; either after the rain, or after a summer day.

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How to come

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Getting to Skopelos is relatively easy, if you do the following:

By Sea

Through Volos/Agios Konstantinos
Aqua Ferries: www.aquaferries.gr
Hellenic Seaways: www.hellenicseaways.gr
NEL Lines: www.nel.gr
Aegean Flying Dolphins: www.aegeanflyingdolphins.gr

Through Evoia island
From Kimi with SKYROS SHIPPING COMPANY: www.sne.gr
From Mantoudi with ANES SHIPPING COMPANY www.anes.gr

Average Times
From Athens: to Agios Konstantinos port 1.5 hours – 180 kilometers 
From Athens: to Volos 3.5 hours – 360 kilometers
From Athens: to Kimi Evias 2.5 hours – 167 kilometers with destination to Skopelos port or Loutraki/Glossa port.
From Athens: to Mantoudi Evias 2.5 hours with destination to Skopelos port or Loutraki/Glossa port.

By Airplane

Alternatively, you may get to Skiathos island through airplane (check routes) and then with ship (see above) to Skopelos or Glossa/Loutraki.

GoSkopelos.com Team Tips

To make your life easier, ALKYON TRAVEL: www.alkyontravel.com, offers complete solutions (synchronized with the shipping companies’ routes) even getting you from Athens (Kaniggos Square) to Ag. Konstantinos port with their excellent buses! Of course it covers all Greece and abroad…

We suggest to book your ticket early especially if you are planning to get a car with you, otherwise you may find yourself staying at Agios Konstantinos… for the weekend!

Distances/Hours

With Car
From: Athens To: Ag. Konstantinos Distance/Hours: ~180 kilometers, ~2 hours
From: Athens To: Kimi (Kymi) Distance/Hours: ~167 kilometers, ~31/2 hours
From: Athens To: Volos Distance/Hours: ~360 kilometers, ~31/2 hours

With Ferry or Hydrofoil
From: Ag. Konstantinos To: Glossa/Loutraki Distance/Hours: (~31/2 hours) with ferry (~21/2 hours) with hydrofoil
From: Volos To: Glossa/Loutraki Distance/Hours: (~31/2 hours) with ferry (~21/2 hours) with hydrofoil
From: Ag. Konstantinos/Volos To: Skopelos Distance/Hours: (~2 hours) with hydrofoil/catamaran


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About

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Skopelos – General Information

Skopelos (alternative name: Scopelos) is an island, a province which is better known as the Northern Sporades and a municipality in the central part of the Sporades and the northeastern part of the island. The port of Skopelos in Skopelos Town, or Hora, is located in the northeastern part near the centre of the Island and serves the cities of Thessaloniki, Volos, Skiathos and Alonissos by hyrofoils or ferries.

The island is shaped from southeast to northwest, the length is from northwest to southeast and the width is from southwest to northeast. The nearest islands are Skiathos to the west and Alonissos to the east. It is located east of mainland Greece and Magnesia and northeast of Evia.
Because the island of Skopelos is defined by lush green forest and the blue of the sea the International Organization of Biopolitics, on July the 5th 1997, officially proclaimed it “Green & Blue Island”.
Similarly the town of Skopelos, with the Presidential Decree 594 – 13/11/78, was honored as a Traditional Settlement of outstanding beauty.

Skopelos – History

Skopelos has been inhabited since the Neolithic era based on findings. According to legend, the island’s first settler was Stafilos, son of Dionysos and Ariadne.

In the myth Stafilos is considered to have been the first settler and king of the island. He was sent from Minos’ (Cretian king), he built the ancient town and planted the first vines and the first olive trees on the island. From that point on, grapevines and olive trees were regularly grown on the island and became famous for their quality.

The island was called Peparithos until the 2nd century AD, when Ptolemy the geographer refers to it for the first time by the name ‘Skopelos’, obviously due to many reefs (skopelos in Greek) around.

In 1538 the pirate Barbarossa put an end to Turkish sovereignty when he attacked the island with 150 ships, sacked it, and killed the inhabitants.

Following the same spirit another pirate – this time a female – Adrina drowned herself in when her crew were slaughtered by Skopetians. Cape Adrina was named from her.