Skopelos, Mamma Mia, what an island!


The wave of international tourism has not yet arrived here, and lovers of peace and nature hope it will never arrive. Orchid meadows and colonial houses, characterize the landscape of Skopelos Island, which boasts beautiful beaches such as Perivolou, accessible on foot or by boat, and Limnonari, the only beach with fine sand. Skopelos is part of the Sporades Archipelago in the Aegean Sea.

This island became famous thanks to the movie Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

The town of Skopelos, where we stayed, develops around the main port. Among the narrow streets with shops and restaurants you reach the old part of the city, very beautiful, climbing stairs flanked by churches that lead to the highest part (kastro) with its aristocratic villas, from where you will have a beautiful view. Among the churches I saw, I liked the cross-shaped Panagia Papameletiou (1662) the most.

Another beautiful town is Glossa, characterized by its Venetian towers and the port of Litraki.

We could not miss the monasteries on our vacation, which are worth visiting due to the characteristic greek style. Below, I introduce you to a few, in the hope that after so much sun, it’s worth cooling off inside them.

Panagitsa Pyrgos

The climb to the monastery is quite tiring but we didn’t give up. But it is worth the effort, the view is remarkable and the monastery is very beautiful. Worth a visit. I suggest you visit it at sunset for perfect photos. It is one of the best places to visit in Skopelos.

Agios Ioannis

If you are in Skopelos or Skiathos this is a must see. The monastery is great, even it is very hard to climb to it. Parking place very restricted and the way there very narrow. You can get there by car, or tour. If you don’t have either one take the bus to Glossa and a taxi will take you there. Also something to cover your hands in the hot sun if you need to hold onto the railings where it is steep they get really hot. The view is breathtaking and if you are fortunate to be there at night, it is absolutely beautiful!

Timios Prodromos Monastery

Superb location, an oasis of peace and tranquility with a spectacular view. At the shop next door we find jams, cheeses and other products made by monks. We were greeted by the custodian of the monastery, who spoke to us in very good English about the history of the place. You can get here by car or on foot, on a country road. The monastery is about 10 minutes from the town of Skopelos.

When you visit the monasteries in this area, start with this one and then go down to see the others (Agia Varvarvara and Agios Riginos).

Now that you have calmed down, I invite you to the beach. You will not know where to go because the offer is quite wide. I describe some of them in the following lines. The choice will be yours!

Limnonari beach. This lovely beach is less visited than other more accessible or popular beaches and is worth a visit if you like a quieter and less commercial atmosphere. It is easily accessible by car or bus, but you would have a little walk – 1 km or maybe a little more. The road is narrow, but inaccessible to this gem of golf that has escaped mass tourism. There are also some nice taverns that offer free sunbeds and umbrellas if you use their services. There are sandy beach areas and pebble areas, with smooth sections where you can go down to the sea. The steep cliffs abound with birds that can provide a free show.

Panormos Beach is in a wonderful bay on the other side of Skopelos Town (20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus). We were at the end of the season and it was so quiet… We had lunch there and later we enjoyed a wonderful sunset. There are several taverns nearby where you can have a romantic candlelit dinner. You can park without any problems a few meters from the beach.

Kastani beach, a beach where scenes from the movie Mamma Mia were filmed , is a 30-minute walk or 5-minute drive away . I went twice, once to take some pictures (the beach is surrounded by pine trees and the sea is intense blue) and the second time (although the weather was cloudy) we went swimming. There are umbrellas and sunbeds for a fee (7 € each) but you can put the towel on the sand quietly. There are no problems with parking and at the top of the road is the bus station. There is also a snack bar if you want to drink / eat. The downside is that due to the fact that it is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches on the island, there are a lot of boats around. The beach is small, with many rocks and sea was rough in that day.

In Skopelos, you don’t have time to get bored. We did a minibus trip with Zepela Michalis Tours for 15 Euros and a boat trip to Alonissos for 30 Euros with Argo Cruises Skòpelos, both recommended! I slept in cheap but decent rooms and ate spending an average of 5 euros for breakfast, 10/12 for lunch and 13/15 for dinner. Accommodation can be found on airbnb (prices starting at 60 € / night, studio with all utilities) or Booking, Agoda (very good prices in the summer season, starting from 40 €). Skopelos is the right mix for those looking for a little of everything: lush nature, beautiful beaches, charming villages and fun.

You can reach the island by car from the Volos ferry. The price is approx. 200 € / round trip for about 2 people + car, and the trip lasts approx. 4 hours. It is recommended to get tickets online in advance. I got them from ferryscanner.com. You can get there by plane, with Skiathos airport being the closest. From Skiathos there are ships that arrive in Skopelos in an hour at a price of 7 €.

That being said, I wish you a pleasant holiday wherever you are!

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