Skopelos Island - Sporades
Eye-catching landscapes; azure waters on golden coasts; traditional Pelion architecture; rugged
natural monuments and a pure island atmosphere are all essential elements of the image of this, the
greenest island in Greece, more than half of whose territory is covered with virgin pine forest. The
island enjoyed international acclaim when Hollywood producers chose it to shoot the famous movie
“Mamma Mia”, establishing the island as a holiday destination for tourists from all over the world.
Skσpelos belongs to the North Sporades group of islands and has three main ports: Skσpelos,
Agnσntas and Glσssa.
Hσra, on the northern coast, is the capital of the island. Its ancient name was Peparithos, after the son
of the god Dionysos and Ariadne, who was the first inhabitant of the island.
Hora nestles comfortably on a hill and sprawls around a castle. The medieval castle with its
sweeping views of the Aegean, the stone houses with picture-perfect courtyards, narrow paved
streets and a number of Byzantine churches, the town encapsulates the essence of a typical Greek
island settlement. Take a trip through the rich history of the island with a visit to the Folklore
Museum, housed in a renovated mansion built in the previous century, where you can enjoy a rich
collection of folklore-related exhibits (open Mon-Sat, 10:00-14:00 & 19:00-22:00; entrance: €3).
While you are on the island, don’t forget to visit the sights mentioned below:
- Ai Yiannis
Glossa, the second biggest settlement on the island, is 25km north of Hσra. “The tall village”
according to Papadiamantis is distinctive for its traditional, noble character and the ruins of ancient
towers and buildings that have been discovered around the area
Palio Klima is a picturesque village close to Glσssa that suffered great damage during the
earthquake of 1965.
• Neo Klima or Ιlios, situated 18 km far from Hσra, below the forest of Vathias at an altitude of 688
m, is quite a new settlement which was built in 1981. It is very close to the beautiful beach of
Hovolos. Note that all the villages on the island have excellent facilities for tourism, with hotels,
rooms to let, restaurants and bars to satisfy all your needs during your holidays.
Impressive Byzantine monasteries, like Evangelistrνa and Timiou Prodrσmou, built in idyllic
locations. The old Monastery of Evangelistrνa, east of Hσra, was renovated in 1712 and is famous for
its fortress-like precinct and its breathtaking view of the Port and Hσra.
• According to the legend, 800 years ago a dragon was killing the inhabitants and destroying the
island. Ayios Riyνnos, the patron saint of the island, chased it. At one point during the chase a cleft
opened up in the mountainside. The dragon fell into the abyss and died. This cliff was named
“Drakonstσsxisma”, meaning Dragon cleft. At this point, the land does indeed sink, creating a deep
cleft. In fact it is a steep gorge surrounded by the sea, below a church built almost on the edge of a
cliff. The steep rocks, the pines trees “hanging” over the rocks and the turquoise waters create a
picture of unrivalled beauty. Follow the signs on your way from Stαfylos to Amαrantos to find it
(follow the dirt track, go left and at the first junction go left again).
• The pirates’ graves at Sendoϊkia (ancient graves carved into the rock).
• The Episcope, a Venetian building that was supposed to become the seat of the Bishop of Skσpelos
but remained unfinished due to the invasion of the pirate Barbarossa in 1538.
Aϊ Yiannis at Kastri, a picture-perfect chapel built on the top of a steep rock. Climb up the steps
carved into the rock and enjoy a stunning view of the archipelago! The chapel became famous
worldwide when the wedding scene from the film “Mamma Mia” was shot there; ever since the
chapel has been a popular choice for young couples planning to getting married.
Photos Skopelos Island
Accommodation in Skopelos Island
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400 m from the port
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