Greece Holidays around Skopelos. This green island, with its tree-studded beaches and secluded bays, may be where Mamma Mia was filmed, but it hasn’t let fame go to its head.
If your holiday priorities are tranquillity, relaxation and natural beauty, then make your way to Skopelos in the Sporades. The green upon green is stunning: a pine-tree-studded coastline and hidden coves with their fishing boats, winding paths through dense virgin forests.
Avoid the masses and head to a small paradise on earth in the relaxing and laidback island of Skopelos, Greece.
Spend timeless afternoons wandering around the picturesque main town, a cluster of cobblestone streets, tiny chapels and neoclassical buildings. Art comes to life everywhere here in Skopelos: in the hand-crafted vases and hand-painted plates, in the embroidery and miniature model boats. The star of the hit musical Mamma Mia, which gave the island its recent fame, will also be the star of your holiday.
What to do in Skopelos
Very green, very serene
Here your holidays will be painted green and blue. About 80% of Skopelos is covered in thick forest. The sea and the trees become one. Milia, Panormos, Elios, Velanio, Glysteri, Agnontas, Pethameni, Armenopetra, Antrines: beaches where the pine trees embrace the Aegean Sea, providing them with shelter and shade.
A picturesque labyrinth: Skopelos town
You will see the town as soon as your ferry moors. It is the capital and harbour of the island. Spreading out across the cove, it follows the landscape and climbs towards the ruins of a Byzantine castle. Flagstone streets with whitewashed stairs, flowers on the patios, arches and pretty windowsills. Well-kept homes built by rich merchants, sailors and landowners. Tucked in among them, 40 little chapels. This is the main town, and it promises to fill your holidays with unforgettable memories. Immerse yourself in its beauty, then take a break at an ouzeri, cafe or bar and have a drink under the mulberry trees.
Keeping old traditions alive: Glossa
A small community built into the hillside on the northwestern part of the island. Walking around its sleepy streets, you will come across the church of Panagia Eleutherotria (The Liberator). It is here that a shipwrecked sailor would come to pray for his safety. The story goes that he found the Virgin Mary’s icon and was saved. In the little alleyways of the village you will find a pottery workshop that keeps the old tradition alive.
The plums of Skopelos
Three different varieties are cultivated here: avgato (a dessert plum), sour (used for cooking and jams) and Agen (the French variety, used in cooking, desserts and also dried as prunes). Discover the sweetness of Skopelos.
Hidden gems of Skopelos
A pretty port: Loutraki
The second port in Skopelos was built upon the ruins of Ancient Selinountas. It took its name Loutraki from the Roman loutra (baths) that used to be here.
Family traditions continue in the workshops: black- and red-figure vases, miniature models of boats, cast iron knives, oil lamps, embroidery, hand-painted plates. Bring-home gifts with character … unique and traditional.
Agios Ioannis Prodromos monastery: straight out of a film
In Kastri, Agios Ioannis – once a Catholic Monastery – is built at the tip of an impressive rock (you’ll have to climb 110 steps!). Although small, it is now world-renowned thanks to the movie Mamma Mia, where the final wedding scene was filmed.