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Outer Chora

The remaining churches of interest in Chora are farther flung. Inland of the southern end of the waterfront (beyond Plateia Platanos), is the 18th century church of the Panaghia Eleftherotria, which, like Aghios Michai―l, also incorporates sarcophagus slabs from the same Assos workshop, together with Early Christian fragments and a variety of 19th century ceramic plates embedded in the exterior walls. On the south wall is a cypress-tree design in brick-tiles. The large church of the Dormition of the Virgin, known as the Panaghia ‘Papameleti­ou’, recognisable by its high tiled octagonal drum with double rows of arches above the window-lights in the cupola, lies in the upper central area of the Chora. The church was built in the 1670s, and has been restored in recent years; inside there is remarkable wood carving in the iconostasis and the throne. Between this church and the other large church of the Tris Gerarches to its north, and in the streets below and to the south of the kastro, are many substantial and prosperous houses with a variety of characteristic wooden balconies. Some still conserve roofs in the traditional stone from Pelion. They bear witness to the discreet wealth of Skopelos in the 19th century.

   The Skopelos Folklore Museum (open daily 10–1) lies in the centre of town, northwest of Platanos Square and of the church of Aghios Merkourios. Given the prosperity and diversity of traditions of the island, its offerings are somewhat limited. It is laid out in a traditional Skopelos house which has unpainted wooden balconies on the exterior, and a plain interior. The first two floors are dedicated to exhibiting a variety of tools, looms, costumes, textiles, photographs and ceramics, illustrative of the island’s customs. The textiles are the most striking, especially the women’s colourful betrothal dresses. The top floor has an interesting didactic display of the feasts of the year, month by month, on Skopelos.
   Other than the walls at the kastro and a number of dispersed fragments incorporated into later churches, the visible remains of Classical Peparethos are scant. Five hundred metres along the shore to the south of the centre of Chora, before the Sea View Hotel, are the remains of an Asklepieion, built some way outside of the ancient town as was usual with sanctuaries frequented by the in firm. It profited from curative and thermal springs by the shore. Excavations here (which have since been covered over again) brought to light the foundations of a stoa and many votive offerings and figurines. The traces of builds once visible on the beach are now gone, and only a fragment of a prostrate column and the base of a temple, oriented on the cardinal points, remain to be seen from what was an important 4th century sanctuary and heal centre.


Skopelos Island is part of the Sporades Island Group, Greece.


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Skopelos Island, the Sporades.

By boat: Skopelos has no airport; access is by ferry (4–5 hrs) and hydrofoil (approx. 2 hrs) from the port of Volos, from which there are several daily services both to Glóssa at the northwestern tip of the island and to the main port of Skopelos, There are also less frequent connections to the mainland, closer to Athens, from Aghios Konstantinos (5 times a week; same journey times as from Volos), and from Kymi on Euboea (2 times a week).
Skopelos is only 70 minutes by ferry or 45 minutes by hydrofoil from Skiathos, which is served by daily flights from Athens: if a good connection is made, this can be the fastest way to Skopelos from the capital. The island lies on the route between Skiathos and Alonnisos, and nearly all of the services which call at Skopelos also communicate with these islands.

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Skopelos Island, the Sporades.

The most thoughtful and creative taverna on Skopleos is Agnanti at Glóssa, mixing traditional Greek dishes with new ideas, in a setting with delightful views. Simpler homemade dishes, fresh wine and island-fare can be found at the taverna Terpsis, just outside Stafilos on the road to Chora. The taverna is family run and has a shady garden for eating outside; it specializes mostly in vegetable mezédes and meat dishes.

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lodging

Skopelos Island, the Sporades.

Approximately 500m east of the port of Skopelos along the shore, is the Hotel Prince Stafilos, set back in the peace of its own gardens, this is the most luxurious and tasteful of the island’s hotels in the higher price range (T. 24240 22775 & 22744, fax 22825, www.prince-stafilos.gr); alternatively, very central and economical lodgings can be found on the front opposite the port, at the Hotel Adonis, but there is the possibility of restaurant noise at night (T. 24240 22231, fax 23239).
Simple accommodations, a fine view over the town, and very welcoming family hospitality are offered at the Thea Home Studios, at the top of the peripheral road, west of the port (T. 24240 22859, fax 23556).
Alternatively, for peace and a beautiful setting right on the beach, Limnonari Studios are ideal and welcoming (T. 24240 23854, fax 22242, e- mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Also not far from the shore on the west coast of the island, there is the Pánormos Beach Hotel at Pánormos, 12km from Skopelos Chora (T. 24240 22711, fax 23366, www.Pánormosbeach-hotel.gr).

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museums

Skopelos Island, the Sporades.

 

Folklore Museum

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Skopelos Island, the Sporades.

370 03 Skopelos: area 95sq. km; perimeter 102km; resident population 4706; max. altitude 681 m. Port Authorities: T. 24240 22180 (Chora) & T. 33033 (Glóssa). Tourist information: Thalpos Holidays, T. 24240 29036, fax 23057, www.skopelos.gr

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