An increasing number of visitors are exploring the wonders of Skopelos beyond its beaches and harbour cafes. The expanding network of vehicle-free kalderimi stone paths is taking them deep into its primeval forests, and up into its spectacular mountain fastnesses, to hike or just picnic, birding, plant-spotting or simply marvelling at the views (the cooling natural –- and drinkable - spring at Ayia Anna is just one of the island’s many poorly-kept secrets). While it is not recommended in the heat of midday or high summer, the best way to explore the island is off-road, by foot, bike or mountain bike, at the speed nature intended.