Skopelos island is one of the Northen Sporades islands, the second biggest after Skiathos. It covers an area of 96km2 and its perimeter is of 67km. The island’s two predominant mountains are Delphi (681 meters high), and Palouki (546 meters high).
Full of dense forests, covering at least the 80% of its area, Skopelos is considered to be the greenest island in the Aegean Sea. The island also offers decent tourism infrastructure, and has managed to preserve, to a great extent, its traditional character.
The town of Skopelos ,otherwise “Chora”, is a traditional island town with distinguishing architecture and beautiful narrow alleyways. It has been declared as a protected traditional settlement. The “Chora”, along with the entire island is resplendent with traditional old churches , chapels and monasteries. 24 monasteries are reported nowadays.
In the northern and eastern part of Skopelos coasts are rocky , while in the south and west part, sea cliffs have created various wonderful green seasides. The majority of these seasides are to be found at the south part. Some of them are: Stafylos, Velanio, Agnontas, Limnonari , Panormos , Antrines , Milia , Kastani , Elios , Armenopetra, Ayos Ioannis at Kastri, and each and every one of them is surrounded by vast green pine forests .
During the ancient years, Skopelos is said to be inhabited by Cretans whose leader was Stafylos ,the son of Ariadne. In the Late Bronze Age the island was known as Peparethos and was renowned for the local wine ( Peparithios wine). A royal tomb of the era of Mycenaean Greece stands up until today in the area of Stafylos , whereas in the eastern side of the Chora tourists may well visit the Asclepion.
The renaming of the island to its present name , Skopelos, took place during the Hellenistic period . In the 4th century St. Rιginos was the bishop of Skopelos who is nowadays considered as the patron saint of the island. During the period of Frankish rule, the island belonged to the Gkizi family . After having been sacked by Barbarossa in 1538 , Skopelos was conquered by the Turks, who remained on the island until 1830. That very year Skopelos was united to Greece , which had just been established.