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Skopelos

Skopelos

Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece. Half of its territory is covered with virgin pine forests. Its blue waters, golden coasts and its villages of traditional Pelion architecture create an impressive natural image.

The island became famous all over the world when Hollywood producers chose it to shoot the movie “Mamma Mia” since it is the favorite destination for tourists from all over the world who come in search of the beautiful landscapes they watched in the film.

Skopelos belongs to the group of the North Sporades Islands and has three main ports: Skopelos, Agnontas and Glossa.

Hora (Chora), on the north coast, is the capital of the island. Its ancient name was Peparithos, of the son of the god Dioniso and Ariadne, who was the first inhabitant of the island.

Chora is situated on a hill and extends around a castle. The medieval castle with its panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, stone houses, flowered courtyards, cobbled streets and a number of Byzantine churches, create a typical image of a Greek island.

Glossa, the second largest village on the island, is 25 km north of Chora. It is distinguished by its traditional character and the ruins of old towers and buildings that have been discovered by the area.

Palio Klima is a picturesque village near Glossa that suffered serious damage during the 1965 earthquake.

Neo Klima or Elios, located 18 km from Chora, below the forest of Vathias at an altitude of 688 m, is a new settlement that was built in 1981. It is very close to the beautiful beach of Hovolos.

Don’t leave Skopelos before visiting:

  • The Byzantine Monasteries Evangelistria and Timiou Prodromou, built in idyllic places. The former monastery of Evangelistria, east of Chora, was renovated in 1712 and is famous for its fortress and breathtaking views of the Port and Chora.
  • Drakonstosxisma according to the legend, 800 years ago, a dragon was going to destroy the island and to kill the inhabitants. Agios Riginos, the patron saint of the island, pursued him. At one point during the chase a crack broke out on the side of the mountain. The dragon fell into the abyss and died. This cliff was named “Drakonstosxisma”, is a gorge surrounded by the sea, below a church built almost at the edge of the cliff. The steep rocks, the pines “are hanging” on the rocks and the turquoise waters create an image of beauty without equal.
  • The Tombs of the Pirates in Sendoukia (ancient tombs carved in the rock).
  • The Episcopio, a Venetian building that was to be the seat of the bishop of Skopelos but was left unfinished due to the invasion of the pirate Barbarrossa in 1538.
  • Ai Giannis in Kastri, a dreamy chapel built on the top of a steep rock. Climb up the carved rock stairs and enjoy a breathtaking view of the archipelago! The chapel became famous around the world when the wedding scene of the movie “Mamma Mia” was filmed there; Since then, the chapel has been a popular choice for young couples planning to get married.
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