Just got back from Skopelos and we're already planning our return. We arrived from rainy Manchester to blazing sunshine at Skiathos before catching the Flying Cat ferry to Skopelos Town. Our Hotel, The Dionyssos, was a 10 minute walk up a fairly steep hill but the hotel had already collected our baggage from the ferry port so it was an easy walk.
We were welcomed by the staff and shown to our room which we found adequate and comfortable. The twin beds were firm but we slept well. Our balcony afforded a view of the harbour (albeit between the houses opposite) and was bathed in early morning sunshine but was shady from midday on- a definite plus! We had read in some reviews that the bathrooms were a bit dilapidated but found ours to be fine if a little spartan. The shower was hand-held and was not often very hot but who needs a hot shower in 36 degree heat? The pool is large enough, it's clean and well maintained and the sun terraces offer plenty of space for sunning and relaxing. We never found a shortage of sun-beds, deck chairs or tables, and the poolside bar had an excellent stock and is the perfect spot to end the day.
The staff were fantastic- nothing was too much trouble. This is a family run hotel and it shows. Some of our fellow guests were repeat visitors, and we will definitely be going again.
As for the town, well What a fabulous place! the harbour is beautiful and very well-kept, fishing boats bobbing alongside charter vessels, and the waterside tavernas were fantastic. There we found traditional Skopelot and Greek dishes, Italian style food and even some English fare, though we didn't try much of that. For a midday snack, try Cafe Gala, opposite the ferry terminal or Korali, at the other end of the harbour. Evening meals are best at Gialos, next to Korali, Anna's, which is up the hill a little, or if you have kids, Stergio's offer an excellent range of dishes on two levels, with a playground directly outside.
The local brew is Mythos, an excellent lager type beer ( and I don't drink lager at home ) which can be found just about anywhere but I enjoyed it best at Braxos, an elevated bar at the northern end of the harbour, and at our hotel's poolside bar, where they have it on draught.
Skopelos is an amazingly beautiful island, and to see it properly is very easy. The bus service is frequent and cheap, and car hire very reasonable. The beaches are gorgeous, though you won't find much sand and our favourite was Kastani. Secluded but well catered by the one cafe bar, it's the ideal spot for a quiet day of sunbathing or just plain chilling out. There are plenty of excursions available, either by boat or coach, and plenty of amazing places to visit.
Make sure your camera has plenty of memory- you'll need it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting proudly on a hill overlooking Skopelos Bay, Hotel Dionyssos offers the observer a real taste of traditional architectural design. A spacious terrace with bamboo chairs overlooks the large swimming pool with residing tavern and pool bar. Our lovely garden comprising both domestic and tropical plants surrounds the three sides of the hotel. All in all, Hotel Dionyssos provides its guests with not only elegance but also a unique and distinguished quality: The Personal Touch! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dionyssos Hotel Skopelos