The actual municipality of Skopelos is the largest, and features intricate, medieval stone roads and arches dotted with artisanal shops that will make you squeal. There is handmade jewelry, clothes, local delicacies, and a host of typical Greek and island souvenir shops. The town climbs a hill with its paved paths and terraces, and there will be tavernas and restaurants enticing you on each level, as you climb your way up and down the perfectly picturesque passageways.
The tavernas and enclosed restaurants, bars and cafes, each serve typical Greek foods, in typical Greek portions, and so you won’t be disappointed whichever you choose. Prices are comparable with good-quality mainland restoration, so you won’t have to watch yourself, or the menus. Just enjoy.
Once you’re settled in from your day on the town, you can climb up the white-stuccoed staircase to the town’s only bar, for which you won’t need to know a name, since it literally is the only bar that serves drinks at night, to enjoy some trademark Greek night life as you overlook the sea, where the town’s lights reflect quietly.
The next day, you can either rent a car or a moped, to explore the island a little. There is a perfectly functional bus service, and you can even walk to most beaches, but let’s get serious and enjoy the breeze of a moving vehicle. There are exactly three main roads through the 100 or so square kilometers of Skopelos. They lead out from the main municipality of Skopelos to the various destinations North, South and West of the island, and that’s it. There are of course, other, smaller roads that lead to the smaller villages and locations, but as far as large, two-lane streets, that’s it.
The best way to enjoy the island is to explore it. There are a dozen well-known locations that offer well-organized beaches with umbrellas and recliners by perfect, crystal clear waters, such as Agnontas and Limnonari, both on the South of the island. They are perfectly fine, but also just offer what you could be having at just about any other Greek holiday destination.
Getting in the spirit of Sporadic exploration means picking a random turn-off, and driving its length until the destination. It will inevitably be close (it’s a small island), savagely gorgeous, and feature some delightful variation of pebbled beaches with large stretches of pristine sea of colours that you thought only existed in tropical photography.
The island is small enough that you can give yourself to this game of exploration for every day of your stay there, and never actually get lost. Losing your way in Skopelos requires several lobotomies and permanent blindness, and even then it’s not a sure thing. The one game you must play before leaving involves taking off the first mountain turn that you find coming out of Skopelos, and to try and crest the large hills that cover most of the island’s surface. It won’t be long before you find, you know… that church.