Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece. Here, where the green of pines and dense forests blends into deep the light blue sea and the sky, creating a picture of incomparable natural beauty, you will meet yourselves in an ideal ground, in a small paradise in the heart of Greece.
Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece. Here, where the green of pines and dense forests blends into with deep light blue the sea and the sky creating a picture of incomparable natural beauty, you will meet in an ideal ground, in a small paradise in the heart of Greece.
The island of Skopelos is characterized by the dense forests and the light blue Sea and because of that in the 5/7/97 was named officially as “green and light blue island” by the international organism of Biopolitics. It is characteristic that the bigger part of extent of the island is covered by virgin pinewood. A forest that when you will visit Skopelos will need also your own love, care and attention in order to it remains as it is.
Geographically the Skopelos is an Aegean island (centrally - north-westernly Aegean) and Easternly from Pilion and north Evia. Its population is roughly 5.700 permanent residents, while at the same time it is the second in size island of Northern Sporades (afterwards Skyros).
The island was inhabited probably in Neolithic Period. The ancient name of island was Peparithos and it is reported by pre-Greek Micrasians that installed in Aegean period (2800 - 2000 before Christ.). Thucydides also reports this name. Round the 1600 before Christ the Cretes with head the Fabulous King Stafylo the son of Thiseus and Ariadni inhabited the island
In the end of the bight of Stafilos exists a peninsula. In the end of peninsula has been discovered the grave of king of Stafilos and his sword that is considered as one of the most important samples of art in Mycenae and Minoan period. Its handhold is covered by gold, a precious sword of a great king, as was the king Stafilos.
The sword of Stafylos with the handhold, length 32 centimetres, was found in to a hole grave with other Mycenaean findings of the archaeologists N. Platona in the excavation of 1936. The grave was attributed in the fabulous hero Stafilos. It is likely that the most persuasive clue on the identity of grave is the name of region where on millennia it remains the same. The sword is saved in the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
The sights of Skopelos are many. You will need a lot of days in order to know it.
The graphic country of Skopelos composes by itself an unprecedented landscape and certainly you will enjoy the ways through the narrow back streets. Also you will visit the Byzantine and historical monuments of the island, as the piratical graves in the coffers.
The mountains of Skopelos with plenty sources and the pines still constitute a unique decoration of Skopelos as well as the graphic gulfs, the splendid beaches of island and its unique landscapes.
In the north in a closed embrace is built the beautiful small state of Skopelos with the houses close the one to another that surrounds Kastro and go down up to under in the harbour, as nowadays the barbarians do not threaten the island anymore.
Between the houses there are innumerable small churches that with particular respect attend the residents of Skopelos, continuing maintaining strictly their religious tradition.