Beekeeping has actually increased on Skopelos recently, despite the alarming decline in the world’s bee population. Honey arrived here with the first settlers, and has remained a staple of kitchen and pharmacy ever since.

 

Skopelos hives are laid in the apiarist’s favoured spots, in the pine forests or near certain herbs and flowers. The honey is best tasted in a breakfast of island plums and yoghurt.

Wine, cheese

 

Despite the devastation of the 1940s phylloxera epidemic, viticulture, or wine-making, is showing signs of a renaissance on Skopelos, and islanders had anyway continued making their own wines after the epidemic. The island’s cheeses, including its own special Skopelos goat milk feta, the crucial ingredient of the signature Skopelos cheese pie, have a history that can be traced back to the first prehistoric farmers.