Skopelos town is one of the most captivating in the Sporades. Built around a semi-circular bay, it scrambles up the hillside to a ruined fortress. Churches are interspersed amongst the dazzling white houses, with brightly-painted shutters and vibrant bougainvillea.
Like many Greek islands, Skopelos has a gently sloping side – in this case the south – where most of the beaches are, and a steep side – the north – with spectacular cliffs plunging down to isolated coves, many of them accessible only by boat.
Approaching the island of Skopelos from the sea, you are immediately struck by how green everything is – even in the height of summer. The upper slopes of the island are covered in pine forests, and the lower slopes are swathed in the gentle greys of the olive groves. Originally famous for its plums and almonds, it is now better known as the location for the Hollywood Film Mamma Mia.