A happy accident of geology has given Skopelos both sandy and pebble beaches, with most of the latter shelving almost immediately into firm, clear sand, while remoter points offer more energetic swimming from and around rocky outcrops. The island’s shape – it has been compared variously to a saxophone, an axe, and a boomerang – and its interaction with prevailing tides, currents and winds have produced its dramatic and sometimes unapproachable coastline.
Its roughly north-west to south-east alignment and mountainous terrain have rendered much of the north-facing coastline inhospitable cliff, with its few beaches, such as Glifoneri, Glisteri and the eastern shore of Skopelos Bay, tucked into inlets or bays below protective hills.
The geology of its west and south facing coasts, however, from Loutraki in the west to Velanio in the east, has resulted in Skopelos enjoying some of the finest, and cleanest, beaches in Greece. The island’s estimated sixty-plus miles of beach, from the long, wide strands of Kastani and Milia to the tiniest beach-for-two hidden between rocks, are still unspoilt, and even though the larger beaches are busy in high season, they all remain as pristine as they were over half a century ago.