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The beautiful island of Skopelos is one of the lesser-known holiday destinations in Greece, which is all the more reason to go, if you like your holidays peaceful and relaxing.
This luscious green island boasts a stunning landscape for nature lovers to explore. You'll find the coastline peppered with secluded sandy coves and hidden pebbly spots while, inland, fragrant pinewoods, endless olive groves and tiny traditional villages await.
The capital, Skopelos Town, is a good choice for holidaymakers, thanks to its picturesque harbour and charming cobbled streets. However if it's beaches you want, nearby Stafilos is one of the prettiest spots on the coast and at just ten minutes from Skopelos Town, boasts a clutch of beautiful beaches for holidaymakers to enjoy.
This pretty pebble beach is widely considered to be one of the best on the island if it's a peaceful escape that you're after. The waters are clear and calm and, if you're really lucky, you might even get the beach all to yourself on a quiet day! A few beachfront restaurants mean that you can stay all day.
This stunning spot on the island was made famous by the Mama Mia film, and boasts a quaint church perched atop a steep rock, with a tiny but pretty beach nearby. It's something of a climb up the 200 steps to the top of the rock, but the views once there are breathtaking.
Sedoukia Pirate Graves
For something a little different on holidays to Skopelos, a trip to the Sedoukia Pirate Graves is sure to give you plenty to talk about over dinner! These mysterious graves are just one of the island's little mysteries, and a visit will also see you treated to some fantastic views out to sea.
Get on your Bike
The beautiful natural landscape of Skopelos is just begging to be explored, and hiring bicycles is a popular way to see the island in all its glory. Head deep into the pine forests on Mount Delphi to be at one with nature on holidays to Skopelos.
Alternatively, get on your bike and beach hop! There are some fantastic beaches on Skopelos, with Stafilos and Velani beach close to Skopelos Town. The stunning beach of Limnonari is beautifully situated, in a bay sheltered by dramatic mountains, and Milia Beach is another popular sunbathing spot, boasting superfine white sand.
Climb a Mountain
If you love to hike, set aside a day to tackle Mount Delphi - the highest point of Skopelos. As well as stunning views, Mount Delphi also boasts thick greenery, as it's blanketed by the lush Vathia Forest. Choose a walk that's as challenging as you like, and head off on a hiking adventure.
Skopelos Town is the most popular spot on the island for those who want a beautiful water-side base. Forget high-rise hotels, in Skopelos Town you'll find whitewashed, cuboid builds climbing up the hillside, cobbled streets, quaint churches and traditional tavernas.
Down by the waterfront, fishing boats bob on the deep blue Aegean, and pretty restaurants wait to tempt you with the island's traditional prune and plum dessert. With an abundance of pretty beaches nearby, and towering mountains in the distance, this hillside Greek town is nothing short of idyllic.
An alternative holiday spot on the island is the tiny village of Glossa. Step back in time during a stay in this resort ' no cars are allowed in the centre and you might even see the odd local riding on donkey! Pretty houses and a small harbour add to the charm of this decidedly tranquil island escape.
Direct Holidays has affordable package holidays to the island of Skopelos, so you can experience this peaceful and beautiful destination for yourself. Book now for a budget break to a mesmerising Greek destination.