|Skopelos is located in the Aegean Sea, in the northern Sporades island group, in the ancient land of Paparethon. Tranquil seas, sun-worshipped beaches, turquoise waters. With its sheer cliffs plunging into the deep waters of its bays. Rough-hewn rock, the immortal foundations of the island.
This is the land where history is lost in the mists of time. The time before time when Paparethos, son of Ariadne and Dionysus, grandson of the legendary Minos, King of Crete, gave the island his name. When Staphylos, his brother, made the island his home and his kingdom, in the days when Minoan Crete ruled the seas. Here men paid special cult to Dionysus, the god of wine, the sovereign presence in the culture and tradition of that ancient land. Skopelos reached the peak of its glory in the early years of the 5th century BC. In those days it was densely populated and very fertile. Its grapevines climbed hillside and mountain slope, its ships criss-crossed the Greek seas, carrying the world-famous Paparethan wines.
Tradition claims that the island’s houses and monasteries are built on wine. Narrow lanes, paved with flagstones, houses with roofs tiled in red and grey, elegant mansions imbued with the colours of the Aegean, verandas overlooking the sea or shaded gardens, riotous with colour. Houses built of local stone, unchanging in a world of change. Impregnable walls and castles, defending each bay and inlet. Mediaeval museums and monasteries and churches everywhere you look, and countless picturesque wayside chapels. Archaeological and historical treasures, bound up with the living faith of the islanders. Marvellous screens carved in wood, rare icons and frescos, ancient manuscripts, vestments, books and vessels. In these churches, chapels and monasteries, the Orthodox Church shares with the faithful a unique treasure, carefully preserved down the centuries.
Verdant nature, monuments, culture, traditional villages, the sea and the people all combine in a harmonious and persistent co-existence. The efforts of the islanders to preserve and protect their environment are beginning to bear fruit. Alternative forms of tourism are winning new friends with each passing day. Here a walk in the woods is astonishment, a bike ride a delight and the maritime nature park a dream. Skopelos is serenity and contrast. Coral waters, snowy sands, tiny tropical Edens.
The incomparable traditional beauty of Skopelos is matched by a profound intellect, imprinted in its rich cultural past and expressed in its vivid present. Skopelos Photography Centre was established in May 1995 within the framework of the National Cultural City Network, based on a 10-year contract signed between the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Skopelos. Since April 2001, the Centre has been participating in the Photography Network of the State Culture, the Incorporated Cultural Network of Greece. It functions as a non-profitable Legal Entity of Private Law, operating as a municipal company administered by a five-member Board of Directors and the Arts Director. The Centre undertakes the organization of multiple events as well as the development of photography for artistic use, with the intent to promote Skopelos as a significant point of reference in this sector, on a domestic and international level. The Centre has organized expositions, transparency projections, seminars and round-table discussions throughout Greece. It has a dark room with seven personnel and two expo areas, a 600-sq.m. Closed Gym and the 250-sq.m. “Orpheus” movie theatre, respectively.
The colours and the sounds, the people, the marvellous hotels, offering services of human immediacy, the picturesque little tavernas, all woven together in a fabric of loyalty and esteem. And just beyond them the traditional villages, with the tang of the sea and the caress of the breeze and more little tavernas offering seafood and so many other delicacies, and beyond them other hotel complexes, modern and simple and of a beauty where there is room for everyone.
When it’s time for a meal, you have only to choose: will it be one of the little tavernas in the traditional quarter, an ouzo bar, an elegant dining room or a restaurant on the waterfront? They will all have traditional dishes and sweets. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet in one of the many delightful cafes (don’t forget the Municipal café right on the shore). For your entertainment there are discos and bars, as well as more traditional night- spots with live Greek music. A sound night’s sleep is guaranteed, whatever the type of accommodation you choose, from a luxury hotel to a furnished flat to a room in a traditional village. Skopelos has a fully equipped health centre, pharmacies throughout the island and a 24-hour heliport.
|USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS|
|ISLAND TELEPHONE CODE (+30 4240)|
Municipal Bureau of Glossa 33502
Municipal Bureau of N. Klima
Tel: 23220, Fax: 23221 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Medical Centre of Glossa 33504
Regional Medical Centre of N. Klima 33000
Police station of Glossa 33333
Skopelos 22666 - 22252 - 24333
Municipal Cultural - Athletic Enterprise 23523
Museum of Popular Art