Population: Approximately 5,000
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Int. dialling code: +30
Religion: Predominantly Greek Orthodox
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"There's a cocktail bar on Skopelos in the Aegean that must be counted as one of the best in Greece, if not the western world. The trouble is that I've never been able to remember its name, probably because I have too many of their world-class margaritas. Anyway, you can't miss it at night, when you'll see a patch of green light at the top of the cliff at the end of the harbour, next to the town hall. Walk up the flights of very steep stairs and reward yourself with breathtaking views of one of Greece's prettiest harbours... and a margarita or two. At 10 Euros they're not cheap, but they're worth every cent."
Located to the east of mainland Greece in the western Aegean sea, the Greek island of Skopelos was, according to legend, founded by the son of the god Dionysos. The actual history of the island has seen it come under the leadership of some of civilisations greatest empires. The legacies of such illustrious empires as the ancient Greeks, Romans and Ottomans live on in their remains.
The Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty honour bestowed on the town of Skopelos ensures that any new constructions adhere to strict regulations that ensure the town's traditional appeal. The island of Skopelos also lays claim to being one of the greenest of the Aegean, with a diversity of forestry and flora decorating the rolling landscapes of the island.
Skopelos Town: The main hub of activity on the island, Skopelos Town exudes tradition and heritage. Here you can discover a destination rich in historic architecture, with many of its 300-plus churches and chapels paying testament to the observation of the Greek Orthodox faith on the island. More modern structures also perfectly complement the historic facades of the town, with the Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty award ensuring that new builds meet traditional criteria.
National Marine Park: There are only two legally-protected marine park in Greece - that of the North Sporades and that of Zakynthos. Having been made an official conservation area, the waters around Skopelos are the breeding grounds for monk seals. On a excursion by boat from the harbour, you may have the opportunity to discover for yourself these fascinating creatures, or perhaps witness the increasing numbers of dolphin that frequent the area.
Museum of Folk Art: An opportunity to discover some of the finest handiwork to have been created on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries can be seen on a visit to the Skopelos Museum of Folk Art. On display are works that will offer an insight into the lives of families on the island in times past, with examples of agricultural tools, ceramics and paintings transporting you to a simpler era of the island's history.
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