A nice little bay and pleasant fishing harbour at Agnondas is enclosed by hills of lush pine forest. Several shoreline tavernas back onto the beach providing good food, especially fresh fish, and they make the place a pleasant spot for that seashore meal - at rather lower prices than you can find in Skopelos Town.
There is a very narrow strip of sand and shingle in front to the tavernas. The beach shelves gently into the sea protected by the steep hills on either side of the bay so it is safe for children, although sea urchins are a nuisance. The beach turns to stone and shingle as you head around the bay and there is plenty of shade from trees that come right down to the shoreline. There are no sun beds.
There is a mini market and a small tourist kiosk opens in the summer. Several small hotels and apartments have appeared in recent years and there is a regular bus service as well as taxis available.
Neo Klima (Elios) Village
"Eleos" means "mercy" and ELIOS is where the island's patron saint Reginus is believed to have delivered his flock from a fearsome dragon. The beach is pleasant enough but this part of the island is intermittently affected by deep earthly rumblings. The unsightly village was slapped up after the 1965 earthquake dislodged the hillside village of old KLIMA. The village has plenty of tavernas and mini markets. There are also many sand and shingle coves along the coast, most notably the beach at HOLVOLO though access is difficult from the SW end of Elios beach.
The second main town of Skopelos is a picturesque village of 1,200 people with a stunning position high over the sea. There are ruins in Glossa dating from 400 BC as well as Byzantine walls to poke about in. The traditional village way of life has so far managed to stand fast against the annual and ever growing influx of visitors and the place oozes charm, unlike the drab port of Loutraki below. The houses are mostly two storey with wooden balconies and the fields are full of plum and almond trees.Other roads lead to deserted beaches at Spelia, Mavraki, Keramoto and Chontrogeorgi.
Chora (Skopelos Town)
The capital and main port for the island. A charming little town with its white-washed houses, red tiled roofs, flowered gardens and balconies. Its many little white churches,narrow streets, alleyways, and climbing stairs, all built on a hillside in the heart of a bay. Set against a backdrop of spectacular views of the forest covered mountains tumbling down to the clean beaches and unpolluted azure seas.
Beaches of Skopelos
The most popular beaches are all on the sheltered south-west coast. There are many lovely beaches, sometimes the pine trees grow right down onto the beach. Skopelos is also a good nudist spot. The best beaches are: Milia (more crowded after the arrival of water sports, tentatively nudist at its south end), Velonio (half of it is nudist, same half good for snorkeling) and Glysteri (pretty small, but nice and quiet, beware of sea urchins).
Walk on the Seaside
One of the best things that you should do in Skopelos, is a walk on the seaside just when the night falls. The road closes for the cars, with the exception of the police cars and a lot of people are walking calmly accross the harbour. It's an ideal place for families, because the small children can play on the seaside without the danger of the cars. You can enjoy your drink at the innumerable cafe-bars at the left side of the street.
Skopelos town, is the capital and the largest settlement on the island. It’s very picturesque little town with its beautiful white houses with red tile roofs suited in narrow and winding alleys
The most interesting part is Kastro and the quarters to the right of it. Many of the fine churches of this town are situated in Kastro, among them Panagia tou Pirgou see additional pic) which has become something of a symbol for Skopelos.
Along the far stretching and pleasant harbor walk the taverns and ouzeries are scrabbled with bars and cafés and one or two shops.
Nature in Skopelos
Compared to Cyclades where hardly any vegetation is found during summertime, Skopelos is blessed with thick pine forests that reach the coast. The nature while driving around is stunning, changing from green of trees to blue of the sea....
But it;s not only waht you see near the shore. If you decide to move a bit inland you'll witness the changing landscape (see additional pics)
Sunset in Skopelos
As most of the beaches and small villages lie on the west side of the island (unlike Skopelos town though) you'll most probable enjoy wonderful sunsets. Either on a beach or in taverna colors and tranquility are unbeatable
Glossa the second largest settlement on the island is situated in the north. It is designed like an amphitheater right along the mountain ridge that leads down to Loutraki the second harbor of Skopelos. In some parts of the village there is no car-traffic and the means for transportation is often a donkey. The houses are beautiful and many of them have colorful wooden balconies with majestic views just like the ones in Skopelos town.
Andrines are two small beaches a bit away from Panormos beach next to the Andrines Hotel. You ask the bus driver to drop you off at the hotel then you walk a bit further and you reach the beaches through a small pathway. Tranquil, less frequented, with marvelous partial views of Panormos bay
Linarakia is a small beach next to Panormos beach. In fact a few meters after Panormos beach there is a small path leading to the beach. It's not ideal for swimming as many people leave small boats docked there but the small restaurant there was my favorite spot!
Panormos beach/bay is located 18 km from Skopelos town and easily reached by public trnasport. Its location is great among the pine trees but development spoils the tranquility and the beauty of the place. Neverthless you can find private room to stay and tavernas to enjoy your meals. Nearby is the natural port of "Mplo" that you see up-right in the photograph considered one of the most beautiful natural ports in the world.
From Panormos the sunset is truly amazing.
Agnontas picturesque port and beach
In the of Agnontas (8 km far away from Skopelos) is a picturesque small port. It's not ideal for swimming but it makes a wonderful stop for a drink or meal on your way or coming from the beaches. The port illuminated by the colors of sunset was magical (see additional pics to believe). For the more adventurous you can walk a bit off the port on the rocky side of the beach where you can swim in complete privacy
Stafylos and Velanio beach
Stafylos beach is the one closest to Skopelos town (4 km) and easily reached by public transport. When you're dropped off at the bus station you need to go down the road and then turn left. At first you reach Stafylos beach (see aditional pics) but pass it and walking along the beach and after a small climb over a small peninsula you have the beach view of Velanio in front of your eyes.
At the time I was there (10 years ago!!) the beach was minimally commercialised so there were only a few umbrellas. For naturists there is the option to pass the rocks dividing the beach to the nudist section. It's a pretty beach but more crowded than others due to its proximity to Skopelos town.