Skopelos: luxuriant vegetation with a Hollywood flair
Charter your sailing boat from our base in Skiathos and sailto Skopelos
Sailing holidays Sporades . Book a yacht from our base in Skaithos and sail to Skopelos is a very green mountainous island with an area of 96 km2 and about 5,500 inhabitants. It highest peak is Delphi at 366 m (1200 ft.). There are many natural springs and about a fifth of the island is cultivated with olive groves, plum trees, almond, and orange trees. Its capital Skopelos or Chora, is also its main harbor and it is located on the NE of the island. More than half of the island's inhabitants live there.
Approach and Navigation
In general, during the summer months the meltemi is weaker in the Sporades region. Approaches to the island are straight forward, no dangers.
Specific dangers are mentioned, as needed, for each port or anchorage.
Skopelos, the main harbor of the island is a large and noisy harbor. With a meltemi (NE) it can develop an uncomfortable swell, although the harbour remains tenable. Moor stern-to towards the root of the long breakwater (the first places are permanent local boats) or better further towards the curve. Hydrofoils berth the other side of the harbour and the occasional ferry on the end of the breakwater (yellow paint indicates the ferry part of the pier). The bottom in the harbour is mud and provides excellent holding. Water and electricity on the quay. Be generous on using fenders: The big ferrie provides a nice rough waters for a while.
The town behind the waterfront is rather attractive, although the waterfront itself is knee-deep in tourist cafes and tavernas.
Warning: With strong NE winds (meltemi) the sea builds up and it may be dangerous to enter or leave the harbor.