Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Skopelos. Skopelos is one of the greenest Greek islands, east of Skiathos and part of the Sporades complex. There are countless beaches on this island, rich natural beauties and historical attractions that can be visited with a private boat cruise. Skopelos has four well-organized marinas where you can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Alonissos in the east or Skaithos to the west. Skopelos has a coastline over 60 miles long, you can rent a motorboat and tour various beaches with ease, comfort and luxury. With the option to book a catamaran you can throw a party or celebrate a wedding anniversary at the three trees of Cape Amarantos, a great place for fishing and swimming too. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat and go island hopping in the Sporades for as many days as you wish.
Skopelos is located North of Euboea and east of the Pelion peninsula, taking pride in the fertile land that is almost 70% covered by pine forests. The ecological abundance of the island attracts many visitors yearly who want to experience a momentous transformation of peace and tranquility. Even the remote corners of the island have olive trees, almond orchards, endless pine trees and the mountains always create an idyllic backdrop when you are sailing in the picturesque gulfs. Apart from the extraordinary natural beauty, Skopelos has a wealth of attractions that impresses every visitor. Some points of interest include the Monastery of St. John, the Monastery of Evangelistria on the hillside of Palouki and the carved tombs in Sendoukia which can be found above Agios Efstathios Monastery in Mount Karia. In the region of Sendoukia, there are pirate graves, legend says pirates hid their chest of treasures in these tombs during the period the Venetians ruled the island following the decline of the Byzantine fleet. The main capital of the island, Hora sits around a medieval castle and has cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and a beautiful combination of Venetian and Neoclassical architecture. Skopelos is slightly larger than Mykonos and Santorini and offers plenty of highlights for the most discerning traveler. Take your chance to hire a boat in the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea, Skopelos is definitely a great choice with over 10 beautiful beaches ideal for all kinds of water-sport activities, sea kayaking and of course, sailing.
By renting a yacht from Volos or Skiathos, you can cruise to Skopelos and bathe in the sun-drenched beaches. Some great beaches to add to your tours include Kastani Beach, Panormos, Stafylos, Lolia, Limonari, Agnondas, Glysteri, Velanio, Glyfoneri, Amaranos and Armenopetra. Among these beaches, Kastani, Panormos and Stafylos offer all kinds of amenities and are ideal to spend a night with a sailboat. Glyfoneri and Armenopetra are less touristy beaches with a great opportunity to arrange an intimate gathering on board a luxury catamaran. Just 4km from Chora you can visit the beach of Velanio, suitable for couples who want to spend some stress-free time together. Just 1km away from Velanio, the beautiful beach of Stafylos will award guests with a cocktail by the bar as you anchor your boat by the shade formed by the high cliffs and pine trees. For those who want to encounter the magical landscape of Amarandos where the movie Mamma Mia was shot, the natural swimming pool between the carved rocks is perfect for special events with a yacht.
If you hire a motorboat in Skopelos you can enjoy a two-day or three-day cruise to Euboeia or the remaining Sporades islands, the choice is completely yours. Euboea is the second largest island in Greece, many boat rentals and ferries pay a visit to Skopelos and moor in Agnondas Harbor. If you have decided to depart from Chora, you will have a great base to circumnavigate the Marine Park of Alonissos. With a skipper you can tour the park with safety, a very family-friendly environment where you can spot several monk seals in one of the most protected environments in Europe. During your stay in Alonissos you can walk at Patitiri in the main town, visit Kyra Panagia monastery and the main beaches that form the bay below. With an inflatable RIB boat you can even visit the blue cave of Alonissos which has rich stalactite formations or choose to visit the surrounding islands of Skopelos including Dasia, Kasida, Plevro and Stroggilo to name a few. With the perfect boat you have selected from the BednBlue platform, be prepared to have an exciting trip ahead of you in the earthly paradise island of Skopelos.
Skopelos has many traditional greek restaurants and stores exhibiting folk art in various picturesque settlements. Apart from Chora, you can visit Palio Klima, Elios and Glossa where you can taste dishes such as the cheese pie, blackfish casserole with onions accompanied by wine and return home with locally produced honey, hand-made ceramics and all sorts of jewellery and clothes. The rich tradition of products is supported with the women of Glossa who are known to associate themselves with the main cuisine of the island. The village of Glossa also hosts a wine festival every September, where you can partake in a free wine and dancing event. If you like you can catch panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from the hilltop of Glossa. The locals are proud of their fruitful land and the sustainable longevity of the island with places off the coast only a privileged few will ever get to see, rent a boat in Skopelos and enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Greece.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat trip in Skopelos.
Marina Skopelos: in the main capital of Chora and offers berths for all types of boats. Ferry routes from this marina are connected to the marina of Skaithos, Alonissos, Volos and Thessaloniki.
Marina Agnondas: situated in the north side of the island and is 8km away from the main town of Skopelos.
Marina Loutraki: A well-equipped marina in the north-west side of the island by the village of Glossa. Accommodates all types of boats including catamarans, sailboats and motor yachts with adequate supply of water, fuel and food. The marina is connected with the Port of Skiathos
Marina Neo Klima: A seaside village on the north-west side of the island about 18km away from the main town of Skopelos. From here you can visit the beaches of Hovolo and Karkatzouna.
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