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Skopelos Town

Skopelos Town - GIC The Villa Collection

Nothing epitomises what a Greek island town should be better than Skopelos, the capital of this, the largest island in the Sporades. Legend has it that Skopelos was founded by Staphylos, one of the sons of the god Dionysos. The island was a Cretan colony in the late bronze age. A town, with a current population of approximately 3,000, Skopelos was designated a traditional town of outstanding architectural heritage in 1978.

Strict building regulations and preservation orders have kept it colourful, clean and tidy, with narrow climbing streets, countless tiny chapels and houses linked by bridges in the typical architectural style of the Sporades. No house is higher than two stories, all must have a traditional stone or tile roof and all doors, windows and balconies have to be made of wood.

Mulberry trees line the waterfront and shade numerous cafes and restaurants and there are many good quality shops selling local crafts.

As well as offering a really relaxing holiday in friendly and attractive surroundings, Skopelos Town and its surroundings offer excellent walking. There are some very good beaches to choose from, most of them on the sheltered West coast and easily reached from Skopelos Town by bus or hire car. These range from tiny coves (generally shingle) to long stretches of dazzling white pebbles or sand/shingle, such as popular Stafylos Bay, 4km from the town. The sea is sparkling and clear and the swimming excellent.

The countryside around Skopelos Town is dotted with historic churches and monasteries (about 300 of them), three of which are still inhabited. An ideal spot to be in order to explore this picturesque island by either bike, car or local bus.

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