Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Greek island of Skopelos
The Greek island of Skopelos
It is stated that Skopelos may be the greenest of all of the numerous islands of Greece and when you have spent some time discovering this wonderful place it is a hard claim to refute. With five million pines, fifty thousand olive trees and just five thousand residents it is a place where the natural world dominates and the heat of the beaches is surrounded by the cool of the woodlands.

There's also many broad leaf trees to appear with fairly sweet chestnuts, walnuts and oak trees and Skopelos continues to be famous for the manufacture of plums that have been dried in the many plum ovens that induce one of the many architectural features seen all through Skopelos.

The two towns of the island - Skopelos and Glossa - are also of great charm their gorgeous houses with tiled roofs, vibrant shutters and balconies overhanging narrow alleyways winding up the hills they are located on creating a charming but real environment in which to have a house. Skopelos town is the capital of the island and has all the modern day services you might require but roaming up from the mulberry tree lined harbour front, through the myriad of lanes, passed the countless small churches, to the medieval castle you could be in any of the past few centuries.

Skopelos is a mostly unspoilt island, which has avoided the problems of mass tourism but has a good mix of international travellers and locals with Greek vacationers and the local population.

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