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Skopelos is a Greek island in the western Aegean Sea. Skopelos is one of several islands that make up the Northern Sporades archipelago, which lies east of the Pelion peninsula on the mainland and north of the island of Euboea. It is part of the region of Thessaly. Despite this town's rich past, today it is best known as one of the main locations for the Hollywood film production Mamma Mia, which was filmed in many locations on Skopelos.
In addition, Skopelos is known as the greenest Greek island, as more than half of the island is covered with pine forests. Skopelos is the so-called "green and blue" island, and thanks to its amazing nature with its mountainous landscape, there are many activities you can do here. Combined with its wonderful waters and beautiful beaches, the island is a perfect vacation destination for all kinds of tourists.
But of course, Skopelos is not all beaches and forests, there are also some pretty towns and villages that you should visit when you vacation here. The best thing about the various destinations on the island is that despite its popularity due to the world-famous Hollywood movie Mamma Mia, the island is not overcrowded. There are seldom crowds of tourists blocking the small streets of the old town. The capital of the island is Skopelos or, as many call it, Chora, which is located in the northern part of the island. You will fall in love with this town. Whitewashed buildings, pretty squares around the town connected with narrow streets. The harbour here is a must-see. You should either just walk around the harbour or sit down in one of the taverns and enjoy a delicious meal with a beautiful view. It is especially romantic and lively in the evening when many bars are also open until late and you can enjoy the rhythms of the music. In the centre of the town and actually on the top of the hill where Skopelos town is located in the medieval castle. The town was built around this castle and today you can enjoy not only the castle itself but also the most magnificent views of the Aegean Sea from different positions on the castle.
Skopelos town itself also offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. In the town, you can visit many churches and museums and explore the history of the island. There are also many places of interest outside of Chora. You should rent a car and explore this unique island. Besides Skopelos, there are also the settlements of Glossa, Palio Klima, and Neo Klima/ Ilios on the island.
Of course, you can not miss the beaches on Skopelos. There are some stunning beaches on the island where you can relax under pine trees or umbrellas, or practice various water sports that are offered at some of these beaches. For example, you should visit Milia, which is located 25 km southwest of Hóra. The beach is covered with shiny white pebbles and surrounded by a pine forest. Milia is considered one of the best beaches on the island and the pebble beach of Panormos is about 15 km west of Hóra and Stafylos. But there are many other beaches on the island, you should just rent a car and explore Skopelos. You will surely find a perfect spot because there are many of them.
So Skopelos has a lot to offer. If you prefer an active vacation, you will enjoy the many hiking routes, mountain biking opportunities, horseback riding, trekking tours, kayaking on the sea, etc., but if you prefer to explore the history and culture of the island, there is also a lot to see and do. There are many monasteries you can visit, churches, museums, historical remains, etc. In addition, the island also has a great culinary offer. All over the island, you can dine in many great taverns and restaurants. You can try many different flavours here. Especially in the ports, there are many fish restaurants, which are a real paradise for gourmets, but there are also many restaurants that offer all kinds of food. One thing is for sure, whatever you order, it will be delicious.
Basic info and car hire in Skopelos
- Location: Northern Sporades, Greece
- Population: 4,960
- Official language: Greek
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Skopelos has a Mediterranean climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Skopelos are in good condition. There are also some very tight roads on the island.
- Car hire in Skopelos: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Skopelos is at Skopelos Ferry Port. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Skopelos!
Driving in Skopelos
Renting a car is the perfect solution to explore the island. You probably will not need the car all the time, but it is the best way to move from one place to another. If you want to drive along the coast of Skopelos, you will have a great experience. The roads are in good condition and the scenery is perfect. The road goes up and down, you drive to a high point of the cliff with breathtaking views and then you slowly drive down and then back up and so on. This is the case in the northern part of the island where Skopelos town is located. If you drive to the south of the island, the landscape looks a little different. This part of the island does not have as many mountains and is quite flat, so it's a different driving experience.
To explore the towns and villages, it's best to find a parking spot, leave your car there, and then explore the place on foot. Even the main town of Chora is not so big that you would need a car to get from one point to another. At the entrance to the town, there are many fairly large parking lots where you can leave your car. The main road network on the island is 37 kilometres long and connects Skopelos in the north with Loutraki in the south of the island.
Traffic on the island is fairly light. Even in high season, there are not many traffic jams, so you will not lose too much time on the road. Note that some beaches on the island can only be reached by dirt roads. These can sometimes have many holes in them, so you should be extra alert and careful when driving on these roads. The main roads are in good condition. Just follow the rules and you will have no problems driving on Skopelos Island. Buckle up and drive safely!
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Greece is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some rental companies for people over 75 years old. Young driver surcharges may apply to those under 25 with many rental companies.
- International Driving Permit: Visitors need a valid driving license to legally drive a car in Greece. Drivers of motorcycles up to 125cc must be at least 18 years old, while drivers of mopeds (up to 50cc) must be at least 16 years old. Driving licenses issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted. With an International Driving Permit (IDP), you can legally drive in Greece and 174 other countries and must present your valid driver's license. In the US, only two organizations issue IDPs: Automobile Association of America (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA), and you can order it online if there is no office near you.
- Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in Greece).
- Additional requirements: Warning triangle (mandatory in every vehicle), headlight deflectors (for vehicles from UK. Depending on the vehicle, you may either need deflector stickers or have to manually adjust the beam), fire extinguisher (mandatory in every vehicle), first aid kit (mandatory in every vehicle), warning triangles, spare wheels are required, and hands-free devices with hearing aids if you are talking on the phone while driving.
- Children in the car: A suitable child seat must be fitted in the car for children under 3 years of age. Child restraint systems that comply with the ECE R44/03 standard are approved by local authorities. A suitable child seat should also be used for children between 3 and 11 years of age who are smaller than 1.35 meters. Adult seat belts are already approved for children over 12 years of age and over 1.35 meters tall. If you wish to fit a rear-facing child seat, you may do so on the condition that the front passenger airbag is deactivated.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: In poor daytime visibility, use low beam headlights. The use of high beams in cities is strictly prohibited.
- General speed limits: Unless otherwise stated, the maximum speed on the motorway is 120 km per hour. On rural roads, you may drive 110 km/68 mi per hour. In residential areas, the speed limit is 50 km/31 mi per hour.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Greece: Within 5 meters (m) of intersections, within 15m of railway crossings, within 15m of bus and tram stops, within 3m of a fire hydrant, within 5m of a stop sign, or traffic light. In some streets, signs indicate which side of the street to park on. Parking fees vary from city to city, with meters usually operating between 30 minutes and two hours. In Athens, special parking areas are reserved for tourists. EU disability cards should be recognized in Greece. However, to be on the safe side, you should apply for a card from the Institute for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People in Athens or from local prefects in other provinces.
Car Hire in Skopelos
Most popular car hire at Skopelos
The most selected hire car in Skopelos is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Skopelos are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Skopelos
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Skopelos. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Greece.
- Skopelos-Agnontas (10km with approximately 20 minutes of drive)
Skopelos-Glossa (12km with approximately 20 minutes of drive)
Skopelos-Perivoliou Beach (16km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)
Skopelos-Palouki (16km with approximately 40 minutes of drive)
What to see in Skopelos
If you are vacationing in Skopelos, be sure to explore the old town of Skopelos. The whitewashed old houses are built in the Venetian style and decorated with balconies and flowers, which makes for a great colour scheme. You can also enjoy great views of the Aegean Sea from various squares in the town. You should also visit the Venetian Castle, which is located in the heart of Chora, the second name for Skopelos Town. The town was built around the castle. Then you can head down to the port of Skopelos. There are many shops, boutiques, bars, tavernas, and other offerings for you to explore. The port is a great place to explore the culture of the town.
There are also many monasteries on the island that are open to visitors. You can drive from one to another by car, but if you are in good shape, you can also take a hike from one monastery to another. They are all located on the hills, so the tour is not for beginners.
On the island, you can also visit many wonderful beaches. The most famous beaches are: Miliá beach, Kastáni beach, Stáfylos, Velanió, Agnóndas, Pavlos, Limnonári...
For lovers of the musical Mamma Mia, there are of course some places you should visit. One of them is undoubtedly the chapel of Agios Ioannis, where the wedding between Sky and Sophie was filmed. You will also have a great view of the countryside and the sea from the chapel and its surroundings. Near this chapel, there is also a famous beach where many scenes were filmed. However, if you are more interested in exploring the places where the movie was filmed, you can join a guided tour where you will visit all the filming locations on the island and hear all the interesting stories from the filming.
You should also visit the second largest town on the island, Glossa, and it's port. It is a charming place where you can feel the spirit of the island while walking through the streets of this small town. The port is also admirable with many great taverns serving different types of food.
Another port that is worth visiting is the seaport of Loutraki. Then you should also visit the tombs of the pirates. They are located a little higher on the hill and can only be reached on foot.
All in all, Skopelos has a lot to offer. It depends on you what kind of vacation you like, if you want to explore the history, nature, and culture of this beautiful island, you will have a lot of fun.
Drive your rental car beyond Skopelos
If you are vacationing on Skopelos, you have the perfect opportunity to explore the Sporades. The Sporades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea. In addition to Skopelos, the Sporades include Skiathos, Skyros, and Alónnisos, as well as neighbouring islands. The larger group of islands in this part of Greece is called the Aegean Islands and includes Cyclades, Sporades, and the Dodecanese group. The Cyclades consist of about 30 islands. The Dodecanese, or Southern Sporades, consist of: Kálimnos, Kárpathos, Kos, Léros, Pátmos, Rhodes and Sími. The Sporades, or the Northern Sporades, are represented by: Skyros, Skópelos, and Skíathos.
These islands are known for their beautiful nature, crystal clear blue sea, friendly locals, great climate, delicious food, and the many historical sites you can visit. So, the Sporades offers everything you need for a great holiday. You can take many one-day boat trips from one island to another. On many of these islands, you can rent a car and explore them on your own, according to your preferences.
But of course, Greece is so much more than just islands. There are so many fantastic places in this country that you will simply enjoy a trip through Greece. The roads are mostly in very good condition, so you will have to think carefully about which parts of the country you want to explore.
Greece or many would say the cradle of western civilization, is the southernmost country in the Balkan Peninsula. This perfectly situated country with its more than 2000 islands, about 170 of which are inhabited, has access to the whole world via the sea and also has a beautiful island full of mountains and volcanic soil, a rich culture, many historical and religious sites, delicious food and nice people - a place that every person should visit at least once in their life. There are so many different things to see and do here that you are sure to find something for yourself.
If you are planning a holiday to Greece, you should make a good plan. A rental car is the best solution if you want to explore the country to see different places, try different foods and meet different people from different parts of Greece. First, you need to decide if you want to explore the islands or if you are more interested in the interior. For both options, there are plenty of activities you can do and plenty of sights you can visit.
Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the cities you should visit if you are planning a road trip through Greece. Athens is something very different from Skiathos, but no less interesting and exciting. Greece is a country that is a mixture of Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the legacy of classical Greece, the Byzantine Empire, and almost four centuries of Ottoman rule. All this gives the country a great religious, cultural, architectural, and also political background that contributes to the diversity of the country.
The size of the country is equal to that of Britain and it is divided into six main regions: Central Greece: the Píndos Mountains, North-Eastern Greece: Makedonía and Thráki, Eastern Greece: Thessalía and Attikí, Southern Greece: the Pelopónnisos, Western Greece: Ípeiros and Akarnanía, The Islands of Greece. Each of these regions has something to offer you. It is best to rent a car and explore region by region. You will need time to explore this country well, so it may be best to explore the regions one by one. The roads in Greece are in good condition, the people are friendly, the country is beautiful, the food is delicious and the sights are breathtaking, so all you have to do is buckle up and drive safely.
Enjoy the culture in Skopelos
Where to eat, drink, and party in Skopelos
Skopelos, like all Greek islands, is a great culinary destination. You can enjoy many different restaurants and tavernas serving a wide variety of dishes. You will find it all on this island from local specialities and traditional Greek cuisine to modern and worldwide menus.
The hallmark of Skopelos cuisine is their famous cheesecake. If you are on holiday in Skopelos, you should try it.
Best restaurants in Skopelos:
Faros Skopelos Restaurant
Swell Coffee Bar
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: email@example.com
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
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