Our adventure through the most green island begins when we leave Skopelos town from the Dolphin of Skopelos office at 9am for a 20-minutes minibus drive into the hills and the start of this easy monderate hike from the area of Pirgos , “Pirgos” in Greek means the tower or fortress.
The route appr. 5 km is a pleasant downhill track, walking through the breathtaking scenery filled with olive, cypress and Aleppo pine trees – estimates reckon that Skopelos has between five and eight million pines – and a variety of flowers and plantation.
We make a short stop at the small remote church of the Panagitsa (Virgin Mary) for a ten minute break, and then continue our stroll down towards the mesmerizing view of Skopelos’s famous blue sea. So while hiking with the eyes on the destination, our walk will also include views of Pelion on the Greek mainland and Northern Greece with Halkidiki from the other side, and in the middle the islands of the Northern Sporades.
The final destination of our route is Panormos Beach, where you have the option to either relax on the beach or take part in watersports activities and aqua-aerobic either in the sea or out of it.
We have a break for lunch and we return back to Skopelos town at 3pm. It is a great way to explore the island’s interior and exercise without really noticing it, since the track is downhill. Walkers can reconnect with the earth, balancing body and mind in a guided half day adventure. Children can also learn and get in touch with true nature, while exploding their energy within various activities during the excursion.
- Remember to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bring a bottle of water and, of course, a camera to capture the enchanting combination of green and blue, mountain and sea. The hike is suitable for all age groups and physical conditions.