Location of Skopelos
Skopelos is located in the centre of the Sporades archipelago. Its western neighbour is Skiathos, and you can find Alonnisos to the east.
History of Skopelos
Skopelos has been inhabited since ancient times. The Mycenaean civilization started wine-growing on the island. Locals still make exceptional wines here. After the fall of Mycenae, the island changed hands several times, and then joined the Delian League during the Greco-Persian Wars. During the rule of the Roman Empire, the local economy flourished thanks to wine export. The island probably got its name from Ptolemy. Christianity spread here in the 3-4th centuries. The island even had its own archbishop. During the Middle Ages, the island was under Byzantine, pirate, and then Venetian rule.
Weather of Skopelos
The climate of Skopelos is almost identical to the climate of the southern islands. Mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers alternate. In winter, the average temperature is 4-5 degrees. Summer heat peaks around July and August. The average daily temperature can reach up to 28-30 degrees, but the peak can be as high as 33-34 degrees. The sea is warmest in July and August, reaching 24 degrees. In summer, a northern wind blows in the evenings.
Main sights in Skopelos
There are to major towns on the island, Skopelos (the capital with the same name as the island) and Glossa. Skopelos is a beautiful town with whitewashed houses, gorgeous little cottages with red roofs, and narrow, winding streets. You can discover many churches and monasteries in the town and in the region. The Venetian castle on the hill is particularly interesting, offering wonderful views of the coast. If you want to go hiking, visit the graves of pirates on the nearby Mount Karia! In the northern part of the island you can find the Gourouni lighthouse, built-in 1889.
Gastronomy of Skopelos
You can try many delicious meals on the island. First of all, sample the locally made cheese! These are mainly used in cheese pies and cakes with different flavours. Custard is a popular dessert. The island has rich fishing traditions, so you can find a variety of seafood and fish dishes in the restaurants. Plums also grow in abundance here, from which locals make the syrupy Damaskino Avgato dessert.
Beaches in Skopelos
Stafilos is the most popular pebble beach on the island of Skopelos, but only part of it is organized, the other part is completely unspoilt. A little further from the beach, there is a fish tavern. On one side of the beach, there are sun loungers and beach bars, making this area a little more crowded. If you are craving some peace and quiet, choose the other part of the beach.
This beach is similar to the previous one. The main difference is that Milia is a beautiful white sandy beach. It is in the northern part of the island, embraced by pine trees. You can buy a refreshing cocktail at the beach bar, and you can also rent sun loungers and beach umbrellas. The water deepens slowly. A little further from the beach you can swim and dive freely.
If you are looking for a secluded, yet clean beach, the pebbly Adrina is a great choice! You can reach it by boat or on foot from Panormos, so it is not too crowded. The water deepens slowly, which makes it perfect for families with small children.
You will find this pebbly-sandy beach in a small bay north of the capital. It is well-protected against winds thanks to its location. The beautiful, crystal clear greenish water deepens slowly, making it perfect for families with small children.
Yacht charter Skopelos
The marina in the capital of Skopelos is a great starting point for boat trips to explore the Sporades. The southern marina of Alonnisos is very close, so you can reach your destination even if you set sail in the afternoon.
You can find this port in the northwestern part of Skopelos, in the town of Loutraki. They accommodate boats with a length of up to 60 metres and a draught of up to 4 metres. They do not offer a wide variety of services, but we will still have the opportunity to replenish our water supplies and buy groceries.
Limin Skopélou Marina
This tiny marina can be found on the eastern side of Skopelos, in the city which bears the same name. The accommodated boats with a maximum length of 60 metres and draught of 6 metres. They have all the basic services; they provide water, boat service and fuel, and they also have restaurants.
Skopelos awaits you with beautiful pine forests, great beaches, and picturesque towns! This island is an excellent starting point for exploring the inhabited islands of the Sporades. Make sure to visit this dreamy island!
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More information about Skopelos
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Skopelos. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Skopelos shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Skopelos shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Skopelos (Skopelos) – Patitiri (Alonnisos) 13, 25 km (8, 24 mi), Day 2. Patitiri (Alonnisos) – Skatzoura – Linaria (Skyros) 69, 83 km (43, 39 mi), Day 3. Linaria (Skyros) – Skyros (Skyros) 42, 07 km (26, 14 mi), Day 4. Skyros (Skyros) – Peristera 63, 33 km (39, 35 mi), Day 5. Peristera – Kalamakia (Alonnisos) – Kira Panagia 23, 84 km (14, 81 mi), Day 6. Kira Panagia – Skiathos 53, 90 km (33, 49 mi), Day 7. Skiathos – Loutraki (Skopelos) – Skopelos (Skopelos) 41, 94 km (26, 06 mi)
Day 1. Skopelos (Skopelos) – Patitiri (Alonnisos) 13, 25 km (8, 24 mi), Day 2. Patitiri (Alonnisos) – Peristera – Kalamakia (Alonnisos) 16, 02 km (9, 95 mi), Day 3. Kalamakia (Alonnisos) – Kira Panagia 17, 50 km (10, 87 mi), Day 4. Kira Panagia – Skiathos 53, 90 km (33, 49 mi), Day 5. Skiathos – Ag. Kiriaki (Trikeri) 39, 71 km (24, 68 mi), Day 6. Ag. Kiriaki (Trikeri) – Palaio Trikeri – Chorto 21, 37 km (13, 28 mi), Day 7. Chorto – Kato Gatzea– Volos 32, 18 km (20, 00 mi)