Skopelos is a verdurous island, located in the central of northwest Aegean Sea, east of the Pelion Peninsula and north of the island of Euboea. It is situated to the east of Skiathos, from which it is separated by a channel approximately 8 klm wide. It is the biggest of the North Sporades Islands (following Skyros), with a population of 5,041 permanent residents -according to the last sencus in 2011. It covers an area of approximately 96 sq klm and the length of its coastline is 67 klm. Most of its surface is covered with pine forests, while the rest is planted with olive trees, vineyards, and the plum trees, which produce the famous Skopelos plums. Actually, the dense forests cover almost 80% of its surface area and it is considered to be the greenest island in the Aegean Sea. It has good tourist infrastructure, but brings together less people from the neighboring cosmopolitan Skiathos and reserves the traditional character to a greater extent.
HOW TO TRAVEL
You can reach the island by ferry boat, catamaran or flying dolphin from Aghios Konstantinos, Volos or Skiathos, and by boat from Mandoudi in Euboea. Aghios Konstantinos is located 167 km away from Athens, on the National Highway. You can go to Aghios Konstantinos by car or by bus. The bus departs from Kaniggos Square (in Athens), usually 3 hours before each departure from Aghios Konstantinos to Skopelos. For information please call “ALKYON” Travel Agency at +30 210 3843202.
The distance between Skopelos and Volos is 60 nautical miles, which means 2 and 1/2 hours by flying dolphin and catamaran, or 3 hours and 40 minutes by boat. Distance as well as time are almost the same between Skopelos and Aghios Konstantinos (61 miles). There are three ports on the island, one in the main town, one in Loutraki (near Glossa) and one in Agnondas.
Most of the beaches are found on South and West side of the island. You can choose among beaches with sand or pebbles. Some of the beaches are: Stafylos, Velanio, Agnondas, Panormos, Milia, Kastani, Limnonari, Antrines, Armenopetra, Glysteri, Hovolo, Perivoliou, and many others, «drowned» in the green of the pine forest.