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Skopelos Practical info


General Info
CLIMATE
The climate in Skopelos is Mediterranean, which means that the winters are not very rough and the summers are hot with plenty of sunshine. The average temperature during springtime is 15°C, during summertime a little lower than 25°C, and during fall around 18°C. During the summer, and especially in July and August, the strong northern winds (“meltemia”) make the heat less intense.  Skopelos has about 2,000 hours of sunshine per year and relatively high humidity, ranging between 62.5% in June and 79.3% in November. However, there are only 85 days of rain on average per year and almost no rain during the summer months. Due to the winds, alternative ports are used for sea transportation from and to the island during the period of the estate winds. 

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400). 

The Area Code for Skopelos is: +30 24240. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting There
BY AIR 
Skopelos does not have an airport. The closest airports are located on the island of Skiathos and at Volos on the mainland, with which Skopelos is connected by boat on a daily basis. 

BY BOAT
Skopelos is connected by boat and flying dolphin/catamaran with the ports of Volos and Agios Konstantinos on the mainland and with the islands of Skiathos and Alonnisos, all on a daily basis during the summer. The trip from Agios Konstantinos lasts about 2 hours by flying dolphin, from Skiathos a little less than 2 hours, and the trip to Alonnisos lasts about 25 minutes. The trip from Volos to Skopelos’ port by boat lasts a little longer (about 5 hours), but the port of Glossa is much closer to Volos and the trip lasts about 3 hours. Note: Flying dolphins and catamarans transfer only passengers (not cars). 
Moreover, Skopelos is connected by flying dolphin and catamaran with the port of Thessaloniki and the trip lasts 4 hours, whereas by boat the trip lasts 6.5 hours.
 
For information on ports and schedules, visit the following links:
Hellenic Seaways: www.hellenicseaways.gr 
SAOS Ferries: www.saos.gr 
G.A. Ferries: www.gaferries.gr 

BY CAR
Agios Konstantinos is about 165 km. from Athens and it is an almost 2-hours’ drive. Alternatively, Volos is 324 km. from Athens and the trip lasts about 3.5 hours by car and more than 4 hours by KTEL. Volos is closer to Thessaloniki (210 km.) and the trip lasts 2 hours by car and 2.5 hours by KTEL. 


Local Trasportation
LOCAL BUSES
Local buses connect Skopelos with Panormos, Milia, Glossa, Stafylos, Agnondas and Elios. The cost of the tickets for local buses at Skopelos ranges from 1.5 € to 3.8 €, depending on the itinerary. Tickets are bought on the bus. Itineraries are different and more frequent from May to October. 

TAXI SERVICE
There are location-specific taxi services on the island and visitors should call the service that is closest to their location, otherwise the price might even be double.  
Skopelos Taxi service: Tel.: +30 24240 33023
Glossa and  Skopelos Taxi Service: Tel.: +30 24240 33044
Glossa/Loutraki taxi Services: Tel.: +30 24240 33715, +30 24240 34060,
+30 24240 33133, +30 24240 34263

BOAT
Daily excursions are organized to secluded beaches all around the island. These excursions are organized by local travel agencies.


Local Services

BANKS & ATMS   
The following banks have branches and ATMs in Skopelos:
ATE BANK: Skopelos, Tel.: +30 24240 22527
EMPORIKI BANK: Paraliaki Odos, Skopelos, Tel.: +30 2424022700
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE: Paraliaki Odos, Skopelos, Tel.: +30 24240 22396
MONEY EXCHANGE                
Money can be exchanged in the bank branches listed above.
 
POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in Hora where there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
 
There are two Post Offices on the island, one in Skopelos and one in Glossa. 
Skopelos Post Office Tel. no: +30 24240 22203
Glossa Post Office Tel. no: +30 24240 33555

POLICE STATION                                   
Skopelos Police Station Tel.: +30 24240 22235
Glossa Police Station Tel.: +30 24240 33333                                                                               
MUNICIPALITY OF SKOPELOS 
Tel.: +30 24240 22205


Useful Numbers

  • Radio Taxi: +30 24240 23240
  • Tourist Police: +30 24240 23172
  • Skopelos Port Authority: +30 24240 22180
  • Glossa Port Authority: +30 24240 33033
  • Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 2109699101-3
  • Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
  • Police: 100 
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Ambulance: 166
HEALTH
Health Center (Hora): +30 24240 22222
Medical Center of Skopelos (Hora): +30 24240 33504
Medical Center of Glossa: +30 24240 33000

PHARMACY
The following pharmacies are located in Hora and Glossa:
Tsarpalas Demetrios, Hora, Tel.: 2424023686
Hadjiloui Ramandanis Philippos, Hora, Tel.: 2424022252
Zerbini Teresa & Christakakos Philippos, Glossa, Tel.: 2424033383



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