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Τετάρτη, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Skopelos Travel Guide

Skopelos flights: holiday flights to Skopelos Greece

Cheap flights to Skopelos from European airports

There is no airport on Skopelos, nor any likelihood of one being built. Visitors usually arrive by boat after flying to neighbouring Skiathos International (JSI).
The airport was opened in 1972 and is about 2km from the Skiathos port. Olympic Airlines run a shuttle bus service and there are taxis.
Regular scheduled domestic flights from Athens are run by Olympic Airlines. Visitors can also fly from Thessaloniki or Volos. Seasonal charter and scheduled flights also run from May and October from airports across Europe.
Skiathos is notorious for its short runway and charter planes must take off with minimum fuel levels and then land to refuel at Thessaloniki.
Most visitors to Skopelos fly to Skiathos and get a taxi to the port where there are daily hydrofoil/catamaran and ferry services to the northern port of Loutraki (below Glossa village) which takes 15-30min or to the main port of Skopelos Town which takes 35-60min).

Please check with your travel agent for specific dates and times.

  • Charter flight to Skiathos Airport. Taxi to the harbour of Skiathos (5 min). Hydrofoil (45-50 min) or ferry (1 hour) to Skopelos. There are charter flights to Skiathos airport from UK; direct from Gatwick (3½ hrs), Bristol, Manchester (3½ hrs) and Newcastle.
  • Charter flight to Skiathos Airport with AIR-BERLIN from Düsseldorf.
  • Charter flight to Volos Airport with RYANAIR from Italy, Milan (Bergamo)
  • Charter flight to Volos Airport with RYANAIR from Germany, Frankfurt (Hahn).
  • Charter flight to Volos Airport with AIR-BERLIN from: London-Stansted, Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Vienna.
  • Charter or scheduled flight to Athens International Airport. Express airport bus, line X95, to centre of Athens (Syntagma Square). Taxi (or on foot 10 minutes easy walk) to Kaningos Square - 97, Akadimias Street - from where ALKYON TRAVEL link buses to Aghios Constantinos quay leave. The hydrofoil meets this link bus and departs almost immediately for Skopelos. The whole trip from Kaningos Square to Skopelos takes 5 ½ hours. This is an interesting route through mainland Greece and across the sea. In ALKYON office they would reserve a ticket, and you have to collect it half an hour before departure.
  • Charter or scheduled flight to Athens International Airport. Express airport bus, line X93, to LIOSION intercity bus station. Public bus to Aghios Constantinos (2 ¼ hours). Hydrofoil to Skopelos. This is an interesting route through mainland Greece and across the sea.
  • Charter or scheduled flight to Thessaloniki Airport, bus or taxi to the harbour, hydrofoil (4 ½ hours) or boat (8 hours) to Skopelos. Even if you have to stay in Thessaloniki for one night you can have fun visiting the markets and the museums, all within walking distance of the port.
  • With your own car via Italy to Patras; drive across mainland Greece to Aghios Constantinos. Then take the ferry boat to Skopelos (4 hours).
  • With your own car via Italy to Igoumenitsa; drive across mainland Greece, to Volos. Then take the ferry boat to Skopelos (4 hours).
  • There is also a number of other connections with different ports of Greece; from Skyros island, from Kymi (Evia) and from Lemnos island.

Skopelos ferries: holiday ferries to Skopelos Greece
Ferries from VOLOS
Hellenic Seaways run hydrofoils twice daily (once Sunday) from Volos to Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and back, journey time about 100 minutes. Latest ferry schedules are usually posted on the Hellenic Seaways site. AX runs car ferry once a day, journey time 3hours
To get from Athens to Volos: KTEL runs 9 buses daily from Athens - Volos from Terminal 260 on Liossion St (018 317186), 4 daily from Thessaloniki (031 543087) and 4 daily from Patras (061 222164).
OSE runs 5 Athens-Volos buses daily from Larissa Station (018 231514) and 3 daily from Thessaloniki (031 517517). Trains to Volos leave Athens seven times daily (015 240646) and three daily from Thessaloniki (013 517517)
Hellenic Seaways runs catamaran services between Agios Konstantinos and the Sporades islands. Latest schedules can be found on the Hellenic Seaways site. Weekday services, Mon-Thu, leave Skopelos daily at 7am and return from Agios Konstantinos at 10.30am. Friday to Sunday services leave Skopelos at 4.15pm, and leave Agios Konstantinos at 7pm with a journey time of about 90 minutes. There may be revised services at holiday times such as Easter
NEL Lines also operates a ferry service from Agios Konstantinos to Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos and schedules can be found on the NEL website.
A Minoan Lines car ferry to Skiathos takes 3-4 hours.
To get from Athens to Ag Konstantinos: Any number of buses leave daily for Agios Konstantinos. The quickest is probably the Thessaloniki bus. Timetables can be found at here
For details of ferry links, timetables, online booking etc visit Madro Travel based on the island.
Flying Dolphins are for foot passengers only, and the journey time is usually half that of ferries. All dolphins are non-smoking with toilet facilities. Children 5-10 years inclusive pay about half price. Children up to age 5 years travel free. As Skopelos town is north facing, the seas can occasionally get rough and ferries will divert to the more sheltered harbour at Agnondas in the south.
Caiques from Skopelos town will get you to the beaches at Agios Konstantinos and Glysteri and tourist offices usually organise excursions to the more popular beaches, though these are not usually cheap. From Agnondas you can also get a boat to Limnonari each day as well as Glyfada, Kanaritsa and Amouditsa.
Summer ferry schedules may not be confirmed until April or May, and not published until then.
The information is as accurate as I can make it but note that ferry schedules can change at any time.

Skopelos transport: getting around on a Skopelos holiday

Roads on Skopelos are generally good. The main asphalt road runs for around 35 km from Skopelos town goes through Stafylos (4 km) then Agnontas (8 km), Panormos (18 km) then Milia and to the village Elios (24 km) and Klima (28 km) then to Glossa (32 km) when it drops down into until Loutraki. The route is very attractive, wending its way through pine forests, olive groves and plum orchards often skirting the best beaches. Minor roads turn to gravel and dirt. There are four petrol stations on Skopelos so filling up is not a problem. Finding a parking place in Skopelos Town can be difficult in August and cars are banned from all but the main road to the port and along the waterfront.
Skopelos buses

Three buses daily run the length of the island from Skopelos to Stafylos, Agnontas, Panormos, Milia, Elios, Klima, Glossa then back through Loutraki, Milia and Agnontas. There are also several buses daily to Agnontas. Extra buses are added during the high summer season.
Skopelos taxis and car hire

You can get a taxi by telephoning 23240 of finding one in Skopelos town. The main taxi stand is on the Skopelos Town waterfront near the bus station. Taxis have fixed rates to various destinations. Note that ferries usually leave Skopelos port at around 7am and taxis to the port can be in short supply. It is often a good idea to hang on to your hire car until the last minute. There are also the usual cars and mopeds to rent in Skopelos Town and Elios. Most are found on the eastern outskirts of Skopelos Town and some offer very cheap deals.

Skopelos accommodation: where to stay on Skopelos

Skopelos is a relatively small island and attracts hordes of holidaymakers in high season. Many hotels are booked up months in advance by the tour companies so it's best to arrange holiday accommodation before arriving on the island., especially in July and August.
There is a 'Rooms and Apartments Association' in Skopelos Town which has lists of available rooms for rent. It's located next to the town hall on the main waterfront. Room owners meet arriving ferries.
The bigger hotels in Skopelos Town are usually full except in the spring or autumn but there are many comfortable rooms to rent, at good rates.
The main Skopelos beach holiday resorts at Panormos and Stafylos are well stocked with hotels, apartments and studios and there are private houses to rent.
Away from the crowds is the hilltop town of Glossa in the north of Skopelos and taverna owners usually know of rooms to let in the village or nearby.


code for Greece +30
Skopelos Port Authority 24240 22180
Glossa Port Authority 24240 33529
Lighthouse Gourouni, Glossa 24240 33529
Lighthouse Psathoura 24240 22546
Skopelos Police Station 24240 22235
Glossa Police Station 24240 33333

Health Centre    24240 22222
 Public Power Corporation 24240 22206 fax 24240 24422   
Water Company 24240 22579   24240 22216  fax 24240 23246  email. deyaskop@otenet.gr
Telephone Company 24240 22399 fax  24240 23999   
Skopelos Post Office 24240 22203 fax  24240 24276  
Tax Office 24240 23427   24240 23426   fax 24240 22219   
Skopelos Forest Inspection   24240 22202   24240 23090 fax  24240 23992   
Klima Forest Inspection 24240 33178 -  
Skopelos Folklore Museum 24240 23494  fax 24240 23494  
Skopelos Elementary School 24240 22287 emai. peparith@otenet.gr

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