Skopelos: Antithesis on blue and green

By mycountry In Travel

North of the island of Evia and east of the shores of Volos, opposite of Pelion mountain, so far and so close, there is a rock in the shape of a saxophone, painted in deep blue and vigorous green, floating in the middle of the Aegean open sea. Skopelos, known as the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea, is there to welcome you, to make you feel, to make you relax, to make you enjoy, to make you dream, to make you experience and also to make you wonder…

Skopelos, the ancient Peparithos, is undoubtedly the island of antithesis, of fundamental contrast. Being there makes you wonder if you are in the middle of the Aegean Sea or in the high slopes of the mythical mountain of the Centaurs, Pelion. It makes you doubt if the prevailing color of this Sporades complex’s island is green or blue. Walking down the cobbled streets of the charming Chora, it makes you feel uncertain about being in a small almost modern city or a traditional village, if you are strolling around the present or the past.
There is a contrast even in every little white house hanging above the safe lap of Chora's harbor: their yards seem to be smaller than the fuchsia bougainvilleas growing wild against their fences!
As time goes by Skopelos is growing up, like an adolescent girl that becomes a woman, being more confident of who it is, showing its beauty and its character with self-confidence. The verdurous island is a yet unspoiled insular paradise, where peaceful and relaxing vacations are guaranteed, whereas at the same time, it is a place able to satisfy one’s hunger for adventure or entertainment. Extrovert enough to invite and to welcome domestic or global tourism, but introvert as well to remain authentic and traditional.
Even its architecture is altering, struggling to consolidate a more updated, yet original, Greek profile. Vivid colors are gaining ground from the conservative brown of the wood: the window shutters and the front doors of the houses are now yellow, green, red, blue or even purple instead of the conservative brown, adding a little touch of brightness and making a perfect match with the pure blue of the sky and the sea and the dazzling white of the traditional, preserved neighborhoods.
And as you are wandering around the uphill mocks heading to Panagitsa of Pyrgos, the breathtaking view overlooking the harbor, the burning seaside during sunset or the infinitive blue Aegean horizon, will remind you of legendary myths and nostalgic fairytales, will inspire you of stories untold and stories imagined...
After all, Skopelos, the island of antithesis, is there to explore it, to experience it and to make you wonder if all you need is to change your life and stay there forever or you want to leave, so that you can always have a reason to keep coming back to its hospitable lap, whenever you feel like drowning in your urban madness of your everyday life...

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Words & Photo by Fotini K. Hatziefstratiou 

1 Comment
  1. eLeM 2018-08-12

    Antithesis or just another nature’s great synthesis?

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