Skopelos: A Forest in a Deep Blue Sea
The summer of 2010 was the last time I visited Skopelos and after a chat I had with friends to spend part of our holidays there, I said, ‘why not!’. Skopelos is a beautiful island located between Skiathos and Alonissos. Its picture-perfect setting and its unspoiled charm make it a popular holiday destination, especially for families and couples.
Skopelos has become famous as one of the filming locations of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia. In fact, the picturesque church of Agios Ioannis Kastri, where the wedding scenes of the movie were filmed, is known as the Mamma Mia church!
The two main villages of Skopelos are Town and Glossa. Perched on the top of a hill, these two villages boast a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. To enjoy the view much more in Town, take your coffee or drink at Vrahos and Mercurius café bars and in Glossa at P’tharakia café.
Both villages are very nice for walking, since every path has a unique view. Shops where you will find local products as well as souvenirs to buy, restaurants and cafes make your stay pleasant.
In case though, you need quieter walk don’t miss to visit Palio Klima and Elios Villages. In Palio Klima you have to leave your car on the road, since they are not allowed in the village. Moreover, in Palio Klima you will not find restaurants, shops and cafes.
On the other hand, in Elios you will enjoy your swim at Hovolo beach and your lunch or dinner to the restaurants.
As for Skopelos beaches in general, they are out of this world! Diving into their crystal-clear waters and lazing under the sun are some of the best things to do during your holidays!
Stafilos, is among the most popular and picturesque beaches on the island. It is surrounded by high cliffs and the coast is organized.
Velanio is a small beach right next to Stafylos. Part of this beach is organized.
Milia is a fine beach with white pebbles and crystal water. Part of this beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.
Agnontas is a pebbled beach surrounded by a picturesque green ambience. Small fishing boats and yachts moor in the port of Agnontas in summer.
Adrina, is a small, pebbled beach close to Panormos. The green ambience and the crystal water offer a nice environment to relax.
Limnorari is a small secluded beach surrounded by greenery. It is located close to Agnontas.
Perivolou is a remote beach on the northernmost part of the island. Due to its secluded spot, it doesn't get frequented at all.
And at last Kastani is the queen of the beaches. It’s organized and fully crowded. The shore has white pebbles and the sea water is so crystal clear.
Additionally, Skopelos has places that are worth to explore. The Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria is located 3 km east of Skopelos Town, on the slopes of a mountainside. Surrounded by lush greenery, this monastery was established in 1712 and gives a gorgeous view of the island.
The Gourouni Lighthouse, on the northern part of Skopelos, is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, built in 1889.
Drakontoschisma is an impressive rock that looks as if it has been cut by a person. The access is only possible from the sea.
About your lunch and dinner in town there are many options to dine. Kymata and Perivoli restaurants should be in your list.
Other suggestions are Olivo and Gusto. In Glossa a worth visiting restaurant is Agnanti. In Agnontas don’t miss Mouria restaurant.
If you are already thinking of visiting Skopelos, know that ferries to Skopelos depart from the ports of Volos or Agios Konstantinos in the Greek mainland as well as from Mantoudi port in Evia.
*All photos featured are taken by me