According to the legend, the island was founded by Staphylus – son of the god of wine Dionysos and Princess Ariadne of Crete. In ancient times the island was known under the name Peparethos, colony of Crete, and famous for wine production. Тoday the residents are involved mainly in the production of olives and feta cheese. Archeological excavations have uncovered a tomb with gold accessories from the Mycenaean period.
Skopelos is suitable for tourists who prefer quiet holidays as there are not much entertainment options and activities to do. The most famous place where all visitors go is the church of Agios Ioannis, located on a large piece of rock above the sea. It provoked people`s interest after the Mamma Mia! movie as it appeared in some of the scenes. Daily trips are organized to the neighbor islands of Skiathos and Alonnisos.
Island geology has produced both sandy beaches such as the long strand at Kastani and pebble such as Panormos, although even the pebble beaches quickly shelve into sand. The waters off its estimated sixty-seven miles of beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat, with dense forest rising above low white limestone cliffs, have earned it the nickname of the “green on blue” island. Its many bays, coves and open-sea beaches attract swimmers, divers and sailors, aboard both modest and opulent craft, throughout the season and some hardy islander even swim daily year-round.