Skopelos is one of the islands of the Northern Sporades, the second island in a row after Skiathos. It is about 96 square meters in area and perimeter 67 km. It is part of the Thessaly region. It has two mountains, Palouki (565 m high) and Delphi (680 m high). Full of dense forests covering almost 80% of its area, it is considered the greenest Aegean island. It has a good tourist infrastructure, but it is less crowded than neighboring Skiathos and retains its traditional character to a greater degree.
Skopelos Town(Chora) is a traditional island town with characteristic architecture and beautiful cobbled streets. It has been declared a traditional settlement. Chora and the whole island are full of old traditional churches, chapels and monasteries. The other communities of the island are Glossa and Neo Klima (Elios). The medieval castle with its sweeping views of the Aegean, the stone houses with picture-perfect courtyards, narrow paved streets and a number of Byzantine churches, make the town the typical Greek island settlement.
According to the legend, Skopelos was founded by Staphylos or Staphylus (Greek for grape), one of the sons of the god Dionysos and the princess Ariadne of Crete. Historically, in the Late Bronze Age the island, then known as Peparethos or Peparethus was colonised by Cretans, who introduced viticulture to the island. Perhaps because of the legend of its founding by the son of the god of wine, the island was known throughout the ancient Greek cities of the Mediterranean Sea for its wine.