Geography

Skopelos has the shape of a saxophone, with the skinny middle part pointing northwest, and the curve pointing to the east. There are not many bays or natural harbors, and there are steep cliffs that have inclines of over 200 ft. Mountains dominate the western and eastern parts of the island. There are several plains; in Staphylos, Ditropan, and Panormos. The main port of Skopelos can sometimes be closed due to northerly gales. The only bays of Kopelos are Staphylos, Agnondas on the south coast, and Panormos on the west coast. Skopelos has an area of 96 square kilometers (37 square miles).

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The main port and entry point of the island is called Chora, which is in the bay on the northern coast. The population is 3,090 people. Another big entry point is Glossa village, which is also in the northwest of the island, just above Loutraki harbor. It is a small village with many houses that are close to each other Elios is another village, made after an 1865 earthquake that destroyed previously-named Klima. It is on the west side of the island. The village has a little under 500 people modern-day. Other regions of the island are: Stafylos, Agnondas, Panormos, Ananias, Klima, Atheato, Loutraki, Kalogiros, and Myloi.

Fun Fact!

Skopelos is also a major tourist destination, so much so that tourism is Skopelos’ main source of economic income. The location was popularized with the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, which increased tourism in the region.