"You may already have seen Skopelos’ beauty on the big screen, but the full experience includes such delights as the smell of salt on the cool sea breeze and the feeling of sand between your toes"
For a Greek island holiday, try Skopelos – one of the northern islands close to the mainland and nestled between Skiathos and Alonissos. Famous as the set for the film Mama Mia, you may already have seen Skopelos’ beauty on the big screen, but the full experience includes such delights as the smell of salt on the cool sea breeze and the feeling of sand between your toes. With warm relaxing days and gentle serene nights it's the ideal place to unwind.
Skopelos is a small island, only 13 miles long, but has a number of beaches for you to choose from. It’s known as the greenest of the Greek islands because of the expansive forests that give Skopelos its natural beauty, and in places the trees come right down to the coast, almost to the water’s edge.
There’s a range of fantastic hotels on the island, including modern beachside accommodation and more traditional hotels set back in the town. But wherever you stay, whether it's with the family or in a couple, you’ll never be far from the sea or the restaurants and shops, so there’s no need to worry about transport. Everything you need for a great holiday is only a short walk away.
Places to go on holidays in Skopelos
The church of Agios Ioannis sto Kastri – dedicated to St John – is well worth a visit for the spectacular views of the island as much as for the church itself. Set high up on a rocky hill that stretches out into the sea, the climb might be steep, but you’ll really feel surrounded by the Aegean. There’s also a café so you can sit and admire the views at your own pace with a cold drink or snack in hand. Another church worth visiting on the island is the Panagitsa of Pyrgos, which you’ll find just past the port. Wander through the twisting streets and then past the church and admire the picturesque surroundings of the bay and the tree covered hills on the other side.
There are a number of beaches in Skopelos, some lively and some quieter, so you’ll be sure to find the atmosphere you’re looking for. Hovolo Beach is on the western side of the island and is one of the most peaceful beaches – rocky and secluded, and not as accessible as the more popular options, but if you’re after a peaceful walk along the seafront or a dip in the warm Aegean waves, this is the perfect spot for you. If you don’t want to go far to find your perfect spot in the sun, try Panormos Beach, one of the most popular spots for holidaymakers. Located next to the town of Panormos, you’ll be within easy walking distance of cafés and tavernas offering traditional Greek food. The sea is very clear here, perfect for snorkelling and swimming, but if you’d rather stay dry there are free sunbeds available as well.
Day trips to nearby islands are also possible, and there are boats that leave the port every day. If you’re not sure Skopelos is right for you, maybe Skiathos or Zante offer all your Greek island needs.