Frequently Asked Questions

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Our flight with Thomas Cook arrives in Skiathos at ... on ... Will this leave enough time to ferry across to Skopelos?

Τhere is always enough time to catch a conventional boat or hydrofoil to Skopelos (even the last one) when travelling to Skiathos with a seasonal international charter flight.

The reason is very simple: these charter flights apply to passengers travelling to all 3 islands in the Sporades Group (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnissos), as well as to tour operators with business activities in the area.

We are flying into Skiathos airport. How do we get to Skiathos harbor?

The airport of Skiathos island is only 5 minutes drive to the harbor by taxi, which you do not need to pre-book. The taxi stand is just outside the exit of the terminal building, on the opposite side of the road, from where you may pick up a cab directly to the ferry / hydrofoil ticket office at the port. There is no local bus to do this route.

Skiathos Taxi Federation telephone number: +30 2427024461

Is it a lot easier to fly direct to Skiathos from Manchester than via Athens etc?

Yes, it is easier and quicker to fly direct to neighboring Skiathos island than via Athens; from there Skopelos is just a short hydrofoil / ferry journey.

Please be informed that from Manchester to Skiathos (2508 Km) there are seasonal charter flights with the following airlines:
♦ Thomas Cook Airlines; they run direct flights on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1st May 2016 to 9th October 2016.
♦ Thomson Airways; they run direct flights on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6th May 2016 to 30th September 2016.

What is the sea temperature on Skopelos?

During the years, we have gathered the following average figures, which of course are indicative and depend on many other weather parameters; however they may give you an approximate view.

May June July August September October
17.6 C 20.8 C 23.5 24.5 C 23.5 C 21.5 C

Is it possible to rent a kite-surf in Skopelos?

As far as we know there are no kite-surfs to rent on the island.

The reason is that there are no adequate neither consistent wind conditions in Skopelos for this surface water sport. Cross-shore and cross-onshore winds are the best for kiteboarding, which relies heavily on favorable wind conditions.

How many towns and villages are there on the island?

The island has one main town: Skopelos town (the island’s eponymous capital), and three villages: Glossa, Klima and Neo Klima.

In addition, there are the small settlements of Stafylos, Agnondas, Panormos, Atheato and Loutraki.

Are there banks that have cash machines that can be used with bank cards?

You will find automated teller machines (ATM), or cash machines as they are often called, at all the three banks of Skopelos town, those to be, listed in alphabetical order:

♦  Alpha Bank
♦  National Bank of Greece
♦  Piraeus Bank

In addition there are 3 more ATMs in central points of Skopelos town. Both Glossa and Neo Klima villages have a cash machine each (no banks though).

I will be in Skopelos in a few days and I am wondering if the ATM service is working. Can I withdraw money from it, or is it better to bring cash for all the holiday? (July 2015)

We should inform travelers from abroad that ATMs give unlimited access to all foreign cards (set by their bank) and there are no queues at all. Also, e-banking, web banking or transactions by telephone for payments within the country, namely for payments credited to a given account held in Greece can be carried out.

And most important, Greek people still remain as hospitable and kind as they have been all the previous years.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Skopelos?

Tap water in Skopelos is safe for consumption and no problem has been reported so far. You can usually drink from all taps connected to the municipality water network. If you are not fond of its taste, bottled water is also common and available in all local supermarkets and grocery shops.

Some properties –which are situated in the remote countryside– are not connected to the municipality water network; rain water cisterns are commonly used instead, and you should better ask the owners prior to your booking.

What voltage is the electric supply?

In Greece the voltage is between 220 – 230 Volts, the standard frequency is 50 Hz, while the power sockets that are used are of type F.

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding your hairdryer or phone charger won’t work in Greece because we use a different plug system. Check if you need a power plug adapter for the power sockets (outlets) used here. Your need for an adapter depends on the voltage, frequency and power plugs in the country you live in. Many electrical appliances have a transformer that allows them to adjust to different voltage, and some must be switched manually from 120V to 220V electricity. Check your manual to see how your appliance can handle different voltage.

Is there a campsite on the island?

No, there is no organised campsite on the island.

Please, be informed that wild camping in Greece is illegal. In Skopelos, with the vast tracts of pine forest, free camping is strictly forbidden; Forest Authorities are very severe, while given fines may be pretty high.

Is there a public swimming pool on the island?

There is no public swimming pool on Skopelos.

Which neighboring islands could be visited in a day trip?

Neighboring Alonnissos and Skiathos islands may easily be visited in a day trip, using the ferry boat or hydrofoil regular links.

Which is a basic difference between Skopelos (Sporades) and the Cyclades?

Unlike the Cyclades, which are famous for their bareness, Skopelos and Sporades islands in general are verdant, with lush forests and trees.

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