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Skopelos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Skopelos doesn't offer the wealth of golden, sandy beaches which you'll find on neighbouring Skiathos but the island has plenty of good pebble beaches and you can take your pick of bustling resort areas and quiet, secluded coves.

The best beaches are on the south and west coasts of the island, accessed by road, bus or boat from Skopelos Town. In high season there are hourly buses from the town down to the south coast and up the western coastline to Glossa in the north of the island. Other buses make the journey as far as Agnontas Beach on the south coast and Milia beach half way along the west coast.

The nearest beach south of Skopelos Town is Staphylos, four kilometres from the port. It's a small, rocky beach which is popular with families and tends to suffer from over crowding in the summer months. Check out the local taverna which serves up some mouthwatering grilled meat and seafood dishes. It's set a little bit back from the beach beneath the shade of a huge pine tree. If the crowds are too oppressive or you fancy working on your all over tan, take a short walk over to quieter Velanio Beach to the east of Staphylos. This is the island's only official nudist beach it offers a snack bar and a fresh water spring which was a gushing fountain in Roman times. The beach takes its name from the Roman Bath (valanium in Latin) which once stood here.

Three kilometres west of Staphylos there's the small, horseshoe shaped harbour of Agnontas with a small pebble beach and some excellent fish tavernas right by the water's edge. From here you can catch a caique to lovely Limnonari Beach, or walk for about 15 minutes along the narrow clifftop road to this 300 metre stretch of sand and pebbles, nestling within a sheltered rocky bay.

The road leading north west from Agnontas cuts inland through the pine forests to the island's premier resort at Panormos which is awash with hotels, apartments, tavernas and watersports. The sheltered inner cove makes this an ideal anchorage for visiting yachts. The long, pebble beach gets extremely crowded after midday but quieter coves are within easy walking distance including Adrina Beach, named after the female pirate who drowned herself in these waters after being cornered by angry islanders.

A little further north lies beautiful Milia Beach which many say is the best on the island. The pine fringed beach stretches for 1,500 metres and faces the verdant islet of Dassia. Watersports are available at the Beach Boys Club and if you walk half a kilometre north along the coast there's a delightful little beach where you can indulge in a spot of skinny dipping.

The craggy northern coastline is peppered with isolated coves which are difficult to reach by land. If you're a keen hiker there's a lovely walk from the northern hilltop town of Glossa over to the east coast where the Monastery of Agios Ionnis perches dramatically on a boulder above the ocean. You can refresh yourself with a swim at the small sandy beach below it.