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Sendoukia in Skopelos

When I come to new islands I always ask the locals what they think you should see and do. All tips of sights that are not so famous are welcome, preferably ones that are not mentioned in guidebooks. I received many tips on Skopelos, one of them was the former burial place of Sendoukia, which almost everyone said that we should not miss. Which of course we did not. But I still wonder if it was worth it.

 

The path to Sendoukia in Skopelos.

The walk to Sendoukia is simple and beautiful.

 

 

Sendoukia is the name of a burial place from the Roman period which is situated on a mountain plateau near the centre of the island. Three graves is all that remains, all opened and looted. The graves are rectangular and masterfully carved into the rock. The exactness is impressive and suspiciously alike machine-made. But it is not. No one knows whose graves it is, but considering the inaccessible location, they must have been very important people.

 

Roman tombs in Sendoukia. Skopelos.

One of three Roman tombs in Sendoukia.


The easiest way to get to Sendoukia is to drive towards Pirgos west of Skopelos Town. Shortly after Pirgos a sign points towards Sendoukia. A few kilometres further a sign points towards the path leading up to Sendoukia. From here you have to go on Shanks´s pony.

Count in 15-20 minutes walk up. Then form an opinion if you think that the islanders are right when they say that Sendoukia is something you just have to see. :-)

 

The roman graves at Sendoukia in Skopelos.

The graves are, honestly, not much to see. What speaks for Sendoukia is the magnificent views and the peaceful atmosphere. A great place for a picnic.


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