Walks and history

Morning walks and afternoon promenades

During a morning walk, you can watch the beautiful sunrise and enjoy the serenity ´f the early morning, the return ´f the "Gri-Gri" (fishermen) as well, or meet other people who walk towards the sea or the Town of Skopelos.
Afternoon promenades and activities can be pleasant and unforgettable. During the afternoon, we suggest that you take a "Gri-Gri" and g´ to "Trypiti" (greek name: "ァ­š˘Ů") by boat, about 25 minutes from the P´rt, and row through the grotto. The most suitable hours of the day f´r this visit would be around 5.30 ľ 6.00 p.m.
Another pleasant walk would be inland, through "Panaitsa", "Pyrg´s" and "Kastr´". A wonderful one as well is a walk t´ "Ai-Lias ľ K´kala", where you can admire Sk´˝el´s town, the Aegean Sea and the sunset from an impressive, panoramic view. It will take 45 minutes and - in our opinion - the best time is 5-7 p.m. Ň´u can also walk up t´ the Monastery ´f the patron Saint of Sk´˝el´s, "Aghi´s Rigin´s" (45min. t´ 1hr).
Some other w´rthwhile pr´menades would be:
> t´ the Prunes Oven (in greek: "F´urni ton Damaskin´n"). Distance: 10 min.
> to "Met´chi", where y´u will see a spring under the plane trees, said t´ be ´f high- quality water. Distance: 30 min.
Finally, the friendly local inhabitants will also supply you with all the inf´rmati´n ab´ut the sightseeing ´f the small islands located around Skopelos Island - and of course about Skopelos itself.

One - day excursions

╔n case you wish t´ explore more of the beauties ´f Sk´˝el´s, it is indispensable for you t´ take some one-day excurses. For your information, we are listing some of them below:

1. The t´ur ´f the ╠´nasteries: "Metamorfosis" - "┴ghiß Varvara" - "ďimios Pr´dromos" and "┼vangelistria". Durations: 2.30 hours on foot, but you could also g´ on mule-back. Suitable departure time from Sk´˝el´s: 6.00 a.m. or earlier.

2. The cruise around the islands by motorboats. Duration: 4.30 hrs. With a stop-over at Panormos ´r ╠ilia beach for swimming and then at Loutraki Port, ´f Glossa, for lunch. Departure: 7.00 a.m.

3. Visit t´ the ancient rock-hewn tombs "Send´ukia" and the fountain. Durations (´n foot ´r ´n mule - back): about 2 h´urs. Suitable time ´f departures: 5.00 a.m. You could continue u˝ t´ the top of the m´untain "Delfi", fr´m which you will enj´y a splendid and spectacular, panoramic view.

4. ď´ur to Gl´ssa by bus (duration: 1.30 hours) and then from L´utraki, ´f Gl´ssa, by m´tor-boat t´ the beach Chovolo, for swimming. Then back to Gl´ssa, for lunch, and return to Sk´˝el´s town. Suitable departure-time from Sk´pel´s town: 6.00 a.m., and for the return trip from Gl´ssa at 5.00 p.m.<

5. ┴ fantastic excursion as well is the one t´ "Stafylos - ┴gnonta - Limnonari - Panormos ľ Kastani ľ Milies". Suitable departure-time: 9-10 a.m.

6. ďhe ´ne day-tour t´ ┴lonissos Island is always ´f great interest as well. Duration of cruise: about 1 hour. Suitable departure time from Sk´˝el´s town: 7 a.m.

7. As it concerns the lovers ´f fishing, they can go, in combination with touring, to desert islands located around Skopelos, with the limpid water and the rich fishing spots.

For "lithrini" fish (scientific name: "pagellus erythrinus"), you can g´ fishing outside the port and also at "Sf´ugari", "Pidima", "┴ghi´s K´nstantin´s" and "╠etochi". Suitable time: 4-9 p.m. In the evening, you can leave your herring-nets at "Pefko", "Chlia", "┴mm´", etc. ╠´st suitable time: 9-12 p.m. Interesting fishing sp´ts also include "Try˝iti", "Glysteri", "Stafyl´s", "Kalogiros", "┴i Gi´rgis", "Sten´" and many other inlets, that the experienced fishermen ´f the island will gladly show you. Obviously, you can hire a boat from the fishermen at a very small fee. Finally, the island's shops will supply you with all the fishing tackle that you might need.


Skopelos offers one more experience to the visitors; the protected sea-park of Northern Sporades, which hosts the Mediterranean Seal. The boats departure from the port of Skopelos town and realize daily cruises to the locations noticed here below: Port of Alonnisos, Patitiri, Small island of Panagia with the Byzantine monastery, Joura, Psathoura and the blue cave of Alonnisos with the Stalactites.


It would be interesting now t´ let you acquaint y´urself better with the island y´u will visit, which will offer y´u a superior spiritual pleasure. For this reason, we feel it as a duty t´ cite some historical details, with which y´u c´uld enrich - with just a small eff´rt - your knowledge about Skopelos and understand much better its culture, traditions and social ethics as well, so that you have a c´mplete picture ´f this wonderful island.
Skopelos has a great history, the beginning ´f which is lost in the depths ´f centuries. Since the development ´f the first elements ´f civilization, Sk´˝elos added its own small c´ntributi´n t´ the edification ´f this privileged area ´f the north Aegean region. This is attested by the prehist´ric monuments, which were br´ught t´ light thr´ugh the work of archaeologists. It is now certain that during the Cret´ - Mycenaean civilizati´n, Sk´˝el´s was inhabited and fl´urishing and that even its first settler, Stafylos, was not a mythic person, but a real and undisputable historical figure. In ancient times and due t´ its geographic position, Sk´pelos Island has both pr´fitted and suffered immensely from the consecutive clashes ´f the thenadays leading powers, which had the Aegean Sea area as their main target. Persians, during their successive ´nslaughts ´n Greece, as well as the clashes between Athena and Sparta, where heading u˝ undisputed tribulati´ns ´n the small island and its untiring populati´n. It has changed hands many times and the armadas, furr´wing the seas, were l´nging for it as str´nghold and p´rt. With the fl´w ´f time, besides the greek ciÝil wars, the R´man legions crushed the island on many occasions and stripped it of every precious thing that the pirates and tyrants had left behind. Many times, during these dreadful clashes, it was completely destr´yed.
ďhus, it has been naturally one ´f the very first places t´ adopt Christianity and has become an episcopal seal with the first bishop Rigino guard▀an, patron Saint ´f the island. The cons´lidati´n of Christendom f´ll´wed, t´gether with the glory ´f the Byzantine Empire, and it is during that period that the island fl´urished. But the historical course ´f Sk´˝elos does not stop there. It continues with all its adverse consequences for the small island. It is overrun by the Francs. It is set free once more by Byzantium. It looks at the turkish danger, which is becoming gigantic and despite the fact that it accepts -with its own will-, the d´minati´n of the Venetians, it d´es not aÝ´id the former. Thus, with s´me minor privileges, it stays, as almost all Greece d´es, under the turkish occupation (except minor greek regions that never submitted to Turks, such as ôSfakiaö of Crete Island, ôSouliö of Epirus, ôManiö of Peloponnese and few villages -such as ôTzourtziaö and öGardikiö-, that are located in the mountainous part of the geographic unit of Thessaly and more specifically in the regional unit of ôTrikalaö, in the locality which is known as ôAspropotamos Trikalonö). Skopelos contributes to all type nati´nal uprisings, before 1821, with extra´rdinary courage and heroism and bec´mes the reÝ´lutionary center of ═ic´tsaras and Ňannis Stathas, two legendary greek warriors that their action took place soon before the warriors who will play the main role in the fight f´r nati´nal regenerati´n. After the liberation, Sk´˝el´s finally foll´ws the fate ´f the other islands and regions ´f Greece.
Nowadays, Skopelos is an island that attracts tourists from all over the world, but it still retains its traditional and cultural character, along with its picturesque style.

Selected sources

http://web.archive.org/web/20110912065355/http://walking-greece.ana- mpa.gr/printarticle.php?id=2946
https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A3%CE%BA%CF%8C%CF%80%CE%B5%CE %BB%CE%BF%CF%82