Glossa is quite a large settlement numbering some 1000 people, about 25,5km due north of Skopelos town with a North-West orientation. It is the second largest settlement of the island and offers spectacular views to the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Skiathos. It is a traditional village with narrow cobble stone streets lined with cafes, tavernas, bakeries, a pharmacy and a few gift and local produce shops. The settlement is built on the side of the hill behind it and is quite picturesque.
Glossa and its wider area are rich in fountains and have many olive trees, plums, and almond trees. Its houses, with Macedonian influences, are two-storied with ceramic tile roofs and small wooden balconies, the front of which is covered with iron railings. This means that the refurbishing of any structure will have to be carried out in the same style.
Throughout the cobbled streets and plentiful steps, you will see women donning local costumes, dresses. This is partly done to promote tourism, but also the locals maintaining their traditional lifestyle, customs, and linguistic dialect.
It is widely recognized that the settlement existed since ancient times and was probably a Minoan era Cretan colony. The surrounding area of Glossa and Loutraki, is of great archaeological interest because traces of prehistoric dwellings were discovered. There were ancient towers, embankments and buildings of various ages all the way to antiquity.
To the north of Glossa at Platana, in the courtyard of the monastery of Aghios Taxiarchis, there are structures of an early Christian church built in 672 AD (a single-aisled domed basilica). It is the oldest site of Christian worship on Skopelos.
The bus stop and the taxis are in front of the church on the central road that leads to the port of Loutraki.