The capital and main port of the island is the town of Skopelos, built in the crook of a sheltered bay. It is a traditional island town, with characteristic architecture and charming cobbled streets. It has been declared by Greek Governmet as a traditional settlement. Its two and three-storey houses, with their tiled roofs and beautifully decorated interiors, are quite impressive. In the old Venetian quarter -the "Frangomachalas"- there are still preserved some of the old, imposing castle-houses.
There are over a hundred churches in the town, the most important of which are:
- The church of St. Athanasius, in the citadel, built in the 9th century on the ruins of an ancient temple of Athena and adorned with wall paintings of the 17th century.
- The church of the Holy Apostles (Aghioi Apostoloi), with its painted iconostasis, perched on a rock by the seaside.
- The church of Panagia Papameletiou, with its carved sanctuary screen.
Also, Aghios Nikolaos, Aghios Demetrios, Aghios Georgios "tis Kyratsos", Panaghia Phaneromeni, Panaghitsa ston Pyrgo, and others.