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Skopelos is a peaceful island, ideal for family holidays. You find yourself in green surroundings with rich pine forests, crystal blue seas and sandy beaches! Taste the famous Skópelos cheese pie, and have a shot of oúzo in a seaside tavérna.

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Skopelos belongs to the Northern Sporades group and has three main ports: Skopelos, Agnontas and Glossa. Hora is the island’s lovely capital, built amphitheatrically around the castle in a closed bay on the north coast. In ancient times it was called Peparithos, after the son of Dionysus and Ariadne, who was the island’s first inhabitant. The name of Skopelos appeared for the first time in texts by Ptolemy in the 2nd cent. AD and was probably derived from the many reefs and shoals around the island.
The tour of the island starts from the lovely, amphitheatrically built Hora with its picturesque tiled lanes, scattered churches and beautiful island houses with blossom-filled courtyards that surround the Castle.
The other settlements on the island are Glossa, “the high village” according to the author Papadiamantis, which is the largest village in terms of population, and characterized by its traditional aristocratic character. Narrow lanes, houses with traditional architecture and multi-coloured corners characterize its appearance, while the surrounding area presents major archaeological interest owing to the ancient towers and structures found there.
Palio Klima is a picturesque traditional village near Glossa which was severely damaged by the 1965 earthquake. Neo Klima/Elios, 18 km. from Hora, in the forest of Vathia at an altitude of 688 metres, is a new settlement built as recently as 1981. Also nearby is the lovely Hovolos beach.
Sights worth visiting on the island include imposing Byzantine monasteries, such as those of Evangelistria and Timios Prodromos, built on idyllic sites.The old monastery of Evangelistria was renovated in 1712 and is famed for its main church and fortified churchyard, as well as its panoramic view of the harbour and Skopelos.
According to legend, there was a dragon on the island some 800 years ago, which killed its inhabitants, leaving the island deserted. Then Agios Riginos, the patron saint and protector of Skopelos, went hunting for the dragon, which in order to save itself, jumped off the cliff and was killed. The place where the earth opened and the ground receded was called Drakontoschisma, which is in essence a steep gorge behind a chapel built virtually on the edge of a cliff that is washed by the sea. The precipitous rocks, the pine trees hanging from its hills, and the turquoise waters create a landscape of unique beauty.
See also the pirates’ graves at Sentoukia (ancient hewn graves), the Bishopric, a Venetian building that was intended to be the See of the Skopelos Bishropric, remained half-finished owing to raids by the pirate Barbarossa in 1538, and finally, visit Agios Giannis in Kastri, a superb church perched on top of a rock, and approached by stairs hewn out of the rock. This chapel appears in the film “Mamma Mia” and attracts many couples from all over the world who want to celebrate their wedding there.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation