Skópelos belongs to the North Sporades group of islands and has three main ports: Skópelos, Agnóntas and Glóssa. More than half is covered with virgin pine forest. The island enjoyed international acclaim when Hollywood producers chose it to shoot the famous movie “Mamma Mia”, establishing the island as a holiday destination for tourists from all over the world.
Hóra, on the northern coast, is the capital of the island. Its ancient name was Peparithos, after the son of the god Dionysos and Ariadne, who was the first inhabitant of the island. Hóra nestles comfortably on a hill and sprawls around a castle. The medieval castle with its sweeping views of the Aegean, the stone houses with picture-perfect courtyards, narrow paved streets and a number of Byzantine churches encapsulates the essence of a typical Greek island settlement.
Take a trip through the rich history of the island with a visit to the Folklore Museum, housed in a renovated mansion built in the previous century, where you can enjoy a rich collection of valuable 19th and early 20th century embroidered cloths, traditional costumes, weaving and decorative pieces.
Don’t leave Skópelos without tasting the traditional local cheese pie, a mouth watering delicacy made of crispy pastry in a spiral shape and local goat cheese.
Near Panagitsa of Pyrgos. Although not preferred by tourists, this beach is a very good alternative for those who do not want to leave the city.