Visitors to Skopelos can see several monasteries via a scenic drive or day-long trek above Skopelos Town. Begin by following Monastery Rd, which skirts the bay and then climbs inland to 18th-century convent Moni Evangelistrias, home to a solitary nun. The monastery’s prize, aside from superb views, is a gilded iconostasis containing an 11th-century icon of the Virgin Mary.

Further on, 16th-century Moni Metamorfosis Sotiros is the island’s oldest monastery. From there a narrow road continues to 17th-century Moni Varvaras overlooking the bay below, and 18th-century convent Moni Prodromou, 8km from Skopelos Town.