Walking on the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and the Pelion peninsula
Here’s a fabulous holiday for true Greek enthusiasts with spectacular walks, a little island hopping and plenty of swimming opportunities. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Some say Greece’s Mount Pelion peninsula is one of the most beautiful in the country, with its kaldirimi footpaths linking villages, azure sea and verdant hillsides, while Skiathos and Skopelos, the “Mama Mia island” ooze charm, fine beaches and a traditional feeling.
We start on the island of Skiathos, which is quite small at 5 miles by 3 miles, but is a good introduction to the Sporades islands. Our walks take in local beaches, follow wooded tracks and passing monasteries. Taking the ferry we reach Skopelos, the largest of the Sporades Islands. We stay in Skopelos town, with breathtaking views over the harbour towards Alonissos and the Venetian Kastro. Skopelos again has many fine beaches, some of which we will visit on our walks as we explore the island following dirt tracks and old roads, skirting olive groves and seeing small hillside churches.
Another ferry journey brings us to the green Pelion peninsula with its picturesque mountain villages with shaded squares, networks of ancient cobbled mule paths meandering through olive groves, pine forests and apple orchards and coastal trails with panoramic sea views. Pelion remains unspoiled and quintessentially Greek with wonderful cuisine and wines and the local drink of choice, tsipuro.