The town of Skopelos
(known as Chora by the locals) is the capital and largest settlement of the island. It is located in a bay on the southeastern coast of island and has a port where ferries from Volos arrive.
The old part of the town is built on the slopes of two hills and most of the streets are steep and narrow, accessible only on foot. On the top of the town you will see the remains of a Kastro - Venetian fortress. The newer buildings are set along the port and the tiny beach. In 1978 the town was declared a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty by a presidential decree and all houses are restored or build in the traditional for the region style - white facades, with red tiles on the roofs, wooden balconies and blue window covers. Skopelos has a special charm due to the fact it cannot be compared to other Greek island capital - some of the house are typical for the North Aegean but the blue window shutters and the maze of small streets around the Kastro remind of the Cyclades and Dodecanese atmosphere.
There is a rich choice of small family-run hotels (bigger hotel complexes are out of the town), tavernas and cafes, mini markets, bakeries and bars on the promenade. There are also three bank branches, health center, pharmacy and two free of charge parking lots near the harbor.
The beach of Skopelos town is very small. In fact, it is a spot of pebbles next to the harbor and tourists usually prefer to visit other beaches.