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General informations

The main city of Skopelos is a typical island city. It is built inside the sheltered bay of the same name, which also houses the largest port on the island. Impressive are the two-storey brick-roofed houses in traditional construction, with their flower-decked balconies. Some of these houses are influenced by the neoclassical style. They are also richly decorated inside, with carved furniture, textiles, embroidery and much more. Located at the Frankomalacha (formerly Venetian) district, some architecturally interesting castle houses are preserved. Outside the city you can see the two-storey farmhouses, they are called by the locals “kalyvia” (huts) where the farmers lived during the harvest season. In the city of Skopelos, one should visit the island-style house of the writer Pavlos Nirvana, where a memorial was set up to honor him, as well as some of the 123 churches.

Among the latter, we mention in particular Agios Athanasios in the castle, a building from the 9th century, with murals from the 17th century, a church built on the ruins of an ancient temple of the goddess Athena. Agii Apostoli on a rock on the beach with a painted altar lattice, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Georgios tis Kyratsos, the Evangelismo church, built on a steep cliff, Panagia i Faneromeni, Panagia ston Pyrgo, Panagia Papameletiou with a carved altar lattice and many more. 4km southwest of the city are the church of the patron saint, Agios Riginos and his tomb. Over the town you can see the ruins of the Venetian castle of the Gizi, built in the 13th century on the remains of the walls of ancient Peparithos. At the Ambeliki point on the coast, there are a few remnants of an Asclepius temple. There, coins from various eras were found during excavations.

There are many monasteries on the island, 40 in total. 54 km northwest of the city stands on a hill with great views, the monastery Agia Varvara, which is like a medieval castle surrounded by a high wall. The altar screen inside the church is the oldest preserved on the island. Further north, near Gysteri, is the Trypiti Cave, which can only be reached by boat.

7 km southwest of the Hautortes is located at the innermost point of the bay of the same name the tiny harbor Anontas, surrounded by a dense pine forest and a beautiful beach. Nearby, during excavations, the Mycenaean tomb of Staphylos, the leader of the first settlers, with rich grave goods came to light (Museum of Volos). Near Agnonta is the settlement of Limnonari with a beautiful beach and further north Panormos. The road goes further north to Chondri Ammos, Elios, Klima, Atheato, Glossa and Loutraki. Klima is a small coastal settlement surrounded by fruit trees and vineyards. The associated beach is called Kosta.

The place Glossa 2 km northeast of the city Skopelos, is located on a densely wooded hill, from which one has a beautiful view. Glossa is a small town with pretty island style, picturesque streets and local customs. On 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, there will be a big festival with folk music and dancing on the main square. Below Glossa lies Loutraki, the second largest port on the island. The ruins of ancient Selinounta (4th century BC) with Byzantine additions and a temple of Athena from the 5th century BC can be seen on a low hill just outside the village. In the area you could also find small sculptures, tombs, tombstones, and Roman inscriptions. Worth seeing is also the church “Agios Nikolaos”, which was built over a Byzantine church from the 7th century.

During the festival season, old customs are maintained on Skopelos and on the feast day of Saint Riginos (25 February) a big carnival is celebrated. In the first two weeks of August, the community Skopelos organises the Cultural Festival.

Weather in Skopelos

Geography and history

Skopelos is located east of Skiathos and is separated from the latter by the passage of Skopelos, which has a width of about 8km. The island is flat, with the Delphi Hill as the highest location (680m) Most of the island is covered by a dense pine forest, otherwise you can see orchards, olives, wine, etc. The plums of Skopelos are of excellent quality. The land area of ​​the island is 96 km2 and the coastline is 67 km. In antiquity, the island was known by the name of Peparithos. It was first populated by Ninoern of Knossos with the leader of Staphylos, a son of Ariadne. Skopelos was a member of the Attic Confederation, later it was taken by the Macedonians.  In 340 BC. The inhabitants of Skopelos evicted the Macedonian garrison who where then quartered in nearby Alonissos. Philippos the Second then ordered the destruction of the three cities of the island, Panormos, Selinounta, and Peparithos. In Hellenistic times, the island was then called Skopelos. In Byzantine times Skopelos was a penal island. During the Frankish rule, the island was a feudal family of the Gizi family. It was looted in 1538 by Barbarossa and then taken by the Turks. In 1830, Skopelos was incorporated into the modern Greek state after the islanders had participated in their freedom fight.

How to get there

With the ferry from Volos and Agios Konstantinos to Skopelos and Glossa.
Information:
Port Authority Volos Tel .: 0421/38 888
Port Authority Skopelos, Tel .: 0424/22 180
Port Authority Agios Konstantinos, Tel .: 0235/31 759
Information concerning intercity buses (KTEL)
Athens-Volos, Tel .: 01/831 7186,
Via the buses Athens-Agios Konstantinos Tel .: 01 8317147.

Speedboats operate between Agios Konstantinos, Volos and Skopelos and Glossa. Glossa and Skopelos are also connected to Alonnisos, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Euboia, Trikeri, Nisaki Trikeri, Skyros, Moudania, Platania, Marmara, Pevkochori, Porto Karra by ferries and hydrofoils.
However, some of these connections are only available during the high season.

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