Located between the islands of Skiathos and Alonissos, Skopelos is the second largest of the Sporades island chain after Skyros.
Skopelos is virtually covered in forest, with 80% of this hilly island cloaked in pine trees while several sleepy resorts lie scattered around the deeply indented shoreline.
Sandy beaches are relatively scarce on Skopelos; the rugged north and east coasts have few resorts whereas the hillsides in the south and west slope more gently to the sea and to reach several pleasant bays.
Olive and plum groves also help make up much of the lush, green interior of Skopelos and there are many pleasant walks along forest trails.
Skopelos is popular with day-trippers escaping the crowds on nearby Skiathos and with those who prefer a quieter Greek island holiday retreat. Skopelos has for years attracted up-market travellers.
There are regular daily ferries from nearby Skiathos where the airport takes regular charter flights. It is a short ferry trip to Skopelos Town or to Loutraki, the island's other port.
The island has cashed in on the popularity of the hit musical movie 'Mamma Mia', starring Meryl Streep, which features many location shots on Skopelos including the beach scenes at Kastani.