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Skopelos Island

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Skopelos Island

History

Skopelos island covers an area of 96 sq km. with 66 km of coastline and its inhabitants com to the amount of approx 7.000. The forests cover the 80% of the island and this is one of the reasons Skopelos was not overdeveloped in buildings.

One of the most characteristic towns in Aegean, has kept the traditional architecture and keeps respecting it .It has one of the most dramatic approaches in the Aegean, as you enter the narrow bay you will first see the 7 churches which descent down the hill side at the end of the harbour; the town itself cascades over the two hills above the bay. It is a wonderful place just to wander, climb the steps past the old Byzantine churches ,to the site of the old Kastro, admire the view of Alonissos  and meander back down any of the little stone covered  side streets, which transfer you to the atmosphere of the old times, tiny little houses or noble houses with hand made embroidery curtains in their windows and  artful balconies full of sweet smelling flowers. Any of these little streets will bring you back onto the waterfront, lined with cafes and tavernas.

As you follow the coast line, there are numerous picturesque bays, secluded coves and golden beaches, outlined by the greenness of olive groves, almond and nut trees, prune-growing and plumb trees which are said to be the best in the world!
You may see the island s ladies dressed in their local costume - the ĦMarko˘ - a silk dress embroidered with tiny flowers, a velvet short coat with wide flowing sleeves finely embroidered and a fine silk scarf over their heads .

Though only a small island Skopelos contains 360 churches, chapels, Monasteries and Convents which dot the gentle hillsides and date from late 16th - 18th centuries .
The main source of income today still is the agriculture .They produce olive oil, fruits and dairy products as well as wines. The wines of Skopelos were very famous, and there is a local saying that in the middle ages all small houses in the country were built with wine instead of water as at the time there was more wine than water. In 1944 when all vineyards were destroyed by a disease the production of wine stopped, nowadays they produce wine with their traditional very old recepy which is sold locally. By tradition they produce dry plumps and the famous teaspoon sweet Ħaugato˘ which is the royal as they call it plumb .
Ceramics of Skopelos are famous and there is the family of Rodios that they still produce ancient type ceramics ,you may find their shop by the end of the cost line road of Skopelos town . There is also a new generation of ceramists creating nice pieces of ceramic. All artists items you may find at the Armoloi shop opposite the port
Fishing boats there are but not many and tourism becomes an important source of income although the island is not overdeveloped.