Skopelos has crossed the half way mark and is now almost 2/3 of the way between a “traditional” Greek island and a 24/7 version of Coney Island. In a matter of days the transformation will be complete with full-time, all hours, summer fun in an environment unprepared to handle it. Or at least unprepared to handle the crowds and mayhem efficiently. Somehow we will muddle through, stiff upper lip and all that! A good measure of how things are progressing is to pass by the auto body shop every few days and count the wrecks being worked on.
Those for whom a grip on sanity is important and a necessary part of life, steering clear of the port for the next few weeks might be a good idea, especially between the hours of 8am to 2am. There are plenty of places outside of the port where a group of friends can gather for an evening to dine and relax in relative peace and quiet. One of the closest is Peparethos taverna on the ring road just up from the elementary school. Dine pretty well there in a quiet and cool garden. Another alternative to craziness is Stella’s at Glyfonari, a quiet and unassuming Skopelos staple for more than 35 years. Terpsis on the Stafilos road might be a good bet or Stafylos Taverna just above the beach.
It could be that Fotini’s Country taverna up in Pefkias is the place that could rescue your sanity. Can’t say for sure. Never been.