How do I get to Skopelos island?
Known as the “Emerald of the Aegean,” this picturesque destination boasts stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by lush greenery. Skopelos is the perfect destination to balance your adventurous spirit and the need for peace that many are seeking. For things to do in Skopelos read the dedicated article that we prepared just after our trip!
Although Skopelos does not have its own airport, you can still reach the island by flying to the neighboring island of Skiathos. Skiathos Island National Airport (JSI) is well-connected to several international airports and major cities in Greece. From Skiathos, you can take a ferry to Skopelos Island. The ferry ride from Skiathos to Skopelos city usually takes around 1 hour and to Glossa Village takes around 20 minutes. We chose to arrive in Glossa port from Volos since was both cheaper and faster!
If you are already on Greece’s mainland, many ferries operate from various ports, including Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Mantoudi. You may even combine your vacation with a trip to the amazing Pilio, Volos or Evia island. Ferry services are available year-round, but the frequency may vary depending on the season. It is advisable to check the ferry schedules in advance and book your tickets accordingly. The journey duration typically ranges from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the departure point and the type of ferry.
Do not forget to give a look at our guide of what to bring and what you should buy during your summer vacation in Greece!
Where to stay in Skopelos
Skopelos offers a range of options for your stay. Whether you’re seeking a luxurious retreat, a cozy guesthouse, or a budget-friendly option, Skopelos has something for everyone.
Skopelos Town, the island’s capital, is a popular choice for accommodation. Here, you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of hotels, boutique guesthouses, and charming apartments. The town’s narrow streets are lined with traditional white-washed buildings adorned with colorful bougainvillea, creating a picturesque setting. From Skopelos Town, you’ll have easy access to local amenities, shops, restaurants, and the island’s ferry port.
If you prefer a tranquil and scenic escape, consider staying in one of the coastal villages. Glossa, located on a hilltop, offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. This traditional village boasts charming accommodations that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Loutraki, a picturesque fishing village, offers a laid-back ambiance and a selection of waterfront hotels and guesthouses! Moreover a lovely quiet beach is within walking distance.
The best choice would be in one of the many mountainous villas such as the one that we booked. Aegean View Villa is one of the best villas we ever stayed. It can accommodate up to 6 people, has a barbeque, a garden, and an amazing view of the Aegean Sea. It is located exactly in the middle of the island something that made our daily adventures even easier!
For those who crave a beachfront experience, there are accommodations scattered along the island’s stunning coastline. Panormos and Stafilos beaches, among others, boast a range of hotels and villas just steps away from the turquoise waters and sandy shores.
When choosing where to stay in Skopelos consider your preferences, such as proximity to the beach, access to amenities, and the ambiance you seek. Regardless of your choice, you’ll be greeted with warm hospitality and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty.
Remember to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your preferred option. Whether you opt for a central location in Skopelos Town or a peaceful retreat in one of the coastal villages, your stay on Skopelos Island is bound to be a memorable experience.