The house is situated on one of the most beautiful unspoiled, natural,wild island of Greece, Skopelos, green with beautiful beaches, mountains, forest, not overbuilded and overcrowded, dry and volcanic like the other well known islands of Greece. Skopelo, produces the best honey of Europe, excellent local wines, good olive oil, very interesting local traditional architecture with roof tops made with local loze, the island is well known for sailing and is at 15 minutes from the islands of Skiatos and Alonisos. There is two main town Skopelos and Glossa for shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife at 5 minutes drive from the property.The cult movie with Meryl Streep Mama Mia was shot on the island.
Located not far from the Pelion peninsula, between Skiathos and Alonnios, and washed by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, Skopelos is a small Greek island with great atmosphere and an idea place for a vacation all year round. It is part of the Northern Sporades island group. There are three towns on the island. The main town is also called Skopelos and is located on Skopelos Bay on the east coast. The two other bigger towns are Glossa, in the north part of Skopelos, and Neo Klima on the west coast.
A Greek legend says that Skopelos was created by a son of Dionysos. According to the historical evidences, the island was first settled by colonizers from Crete during the Bronze Age. They planted the first vineyards on Skopelos and ever since then the island known for the great quality of its wine, which was mentioned by writers like Pliny the Elder and Sophocles. A royal tomb was found on the island, dating from the same period. During the centuries that followed Skopelos was governed by many empires. Among them were the Macedonian, the Roman, the Latin, Ottoman and the Byzantine empires. Because of this there is a huge cultural and architectural diversity on the island.
Skopelos is the greenest island in Greece. Here, where the green of the pine-trees and the dense forest mix with the deep blue of sea and sky, creating the picture of unrivalled nature beauty, you will find yourself in an idyllic land, in a small paradise in the very heart of Greece.
Because the island of Skopelos is defined by lush green forest and the blue of the sea the International Organization of Biopolitics, on July the 5th 1997, officially proclaimed it 'Green and Blue Island'. More than 50% of the island area is covered by a virgin forest of pine-trees. A forest which, when you visit Skopelos, will also need your love and care in order to maintain the natural beauty and ecological balance that has survived for nearly 4000 years.
Exploring Skopelos can be a rewarding experience. The island has a rich history and heritage that can be traced back to the pre-Roman era.
There are over three hundred monasteries and churches on the island with many of them being linked by some very pleasant footpaths. If you enjoy hill walking, then exploring these churches can be a great way to see the island and absorb yourself in the history of the people.
In Skopelos Town, you can take a pleasant walk through the old narrow streets, up the hill to a ruined fortress that was built in 340 BC by Philip the second of Macedonia (the father of Alexander The Great). This fortress has undergone many alterations and repairs, however the only parts that remain to this day are the ruins of the outer walls. Within lies the oldest church in Skopelos Town, Ayios Athanisos.
The Folklore Museum in Skopelos Town takes visitors on a journey of discovery, looking at the role and economy of three areas of handiwork practiced in Skopelos: embroidery, weaving, and handicraft work - especially ceramics, works of woodcarvings, knives, agricultural tools and folk art paintings
The collection of artifacts displays the décor that was typical in the homes of the Skopelos inhabitants through the years.The museum also houses important nautical exhibits as well as ship models that focus on the local maritime tradition of the island.
Speaking of maritime pursuits, there is a lighthouse at the far north of Skopelos that is worth taking a look at. To reach the lighthouse, you must take a track northwards from Glossa. The track winds it's way through the pine trees to the coast where the track bears left along the notrthern coast. At the end of the track is the magnificent white-washed lighthouse. Here you can enjoy the serenity and peacefulness of the setting and gaze out over the northern Aegean sea.
As you can see, with the fabulous beaches, the rich heritage of the towns and villages and endless supply of churches there is plenty to see.