Situated between Alonissos and Skiathos, is the stunning island of Skopelos. It is off the beaten track which is why it attracts couples and families from all over Europe. It is famous due to it being the location where the Hollywood movie, Mamma Mia was filmed. Renting accommodation here will allow you to really feel like you are in paradise!
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Skopelos' golden sand beaches and crystal waters are part of its main attraction, however another iconic feature of the island is the church of Agios Ioannis Kastri. It was featured in the Mamma Mia film and it has well and truly put Skopelos on the map. There are also two charming villages on the islands and both offer impressive views of the surrounding landscape. You will find great value accommodation in either of these villages from wesbites like Tripadvisor, Airbnb and Booking.com. We would definitely advise renting an authentic Greek villa with a private pool, in order to have an unforgettable experience.
When to visit?
Like much of Greece, Skopelos is known for its Mediterranean summers with temperatures reaching late 20's during July, August and through to September. Winters, however, unlike other parts of Greece can be windy and very wet, so you're best best is to visit during May and October to ensure good weather and plenty of sunlight. Be mindful that during high season, Skopelos accommodation options do get booked up in advance so make sure you reserve early.
How to get to Skopelos
Skopelos is relatively easy to get to from the UK, there is not an airport on the island however there two main ports on the island. The ports are called Skopelos Town and Loutraki, the ferry service you should use is called Glossa and the ferry service runs all year round. Skiathos island airport is the closest one to Skopelos and from here the ferry journey only takes 15 minutes.
How to get around
To see all Skopelos has to offer then we would recommend hiring a car, scooter or motorbike for at least a couple of days whilst on the island. Car hire, scooter hire and motorbike hire outlets can be found at various resorts on the island and prices range from budget options to 4x4 for those adventure seekers. Pre-booking your transport is advisable during high season as to not be over charged when you arrive. Although most of the roads are fully functioning, some of the smaller roads taking you to the remoter villages or attractions are small gravel or dirt tracks. So ensure you're fully insured on your vehicle and that your policy allows you to go ‘off road'. As much of the coastline isn't accessible by road, hiring a boat is another impressive way to see the unspoilt coves and secluded beaches. Finding boat hire on the island is simple, small boats can be hired at most of resorts along the coastline. For luxury boats and yachts, we advise booking prior to arrival on the island, especially during high season.
Where to stay in Skopelos
Skopelos is only accessible by boat, it is 15 minutes from Skiathos and it is one of the few ‘non-touristy' islands in Greece. Apartments for rent on this island are available but we advise you book early in advance especially if you're travelling during the summer months. Covered in rocky hills and pebble beaches, this island is perfect for adventurers looking to explore. With only one main road on the island and one small town, you'll find B&B holidays and various types of holiday rentals in the main town area.
Due to the size of the island, where to stay and accommodation in Skopelos is limited and gets booked up quickly. The island's capital, Skopelos Town is sleepy by day but it comes alive in the evening with busy bars and bustling restaurants. It is surrounded by green hills and white and blue cottages that overlook the stunning azure blue sea. Kastro is the town's old quarter set high on the hilltop and it quaint windy alleyways that lead up to a Venetian castle with breathtaking views. Book your holiday rental, whether its a luxury villa with a pool or a more reasonable holiday apartment in the centre of Skopelos town.
The South of Skopelos
In the South of Skopelos Town we have a few holiday rentals in the villages of Glossa and Stafilos. Glossa is the second largest settlement on Skopelos, it is a picturesque village made up of colourful buildings and Venetian architecture that towers over the sea. Although there are no accommodation options in Glossa itself, you can find holiday rentals and villas for hire close to Loutraki, making Glossa easily accessible. Stafilos is nestled in the middle of the valley and is one of the unspoilt beauties untouched by the Western World. There are small, quaint shops and local houses surround a sandy bay; offering peace and tranquility. A small number of boutique hotels and luxury apartments can be found in and around Stafilos.
What to do in Skopelos
Although Skopelos seems small and untouched, there are still plenty of places and attractions to explore during your stay without even leaving the island. Additionally the local cuisine is outstanding and we'd recommend the Skopelos pie (it's delicious!) and a must try whilst on the island.
Agios Ionnis Kastri
It is essential that you visit the famous chapel, Agios Ionnis Kastri. Hire a car for a day and head along the coastline. Once you reach the bottom; climb the 110 steps to reach the beautiful chapel. Not only will you be rewarded with this stunning building, but the panoramic view of the coastline is truly something special. If you don't fancy the 110 step hike then a quick selfie from the bottom will tick this attraction off your bucket list.
Hiking and nature lovers can enjoy the narrow walking trails that wander over the coasts and into the hills or stroll through the many authentic villages lined with artisan shops, chapels and local tavernas. We recommend seeking out Senoukia Pirate Graves; you'll need your trainers and it can be easily missed so plan your day if this is on your hit list.
A food Tour
Whilst the Greek cuisine is exquisite throughout Greece, the food in Skopelos cuisine is unparalleled. This island is especially known for its plums, honey and the Skopelos cheese pies. There are plenty of tavernas, to try and one can create your very own food tour due to the wide variety. Flisvos Taverna has been recommended by Lonley Planet as one of the best spots to eat on the island: fresh fish, moussaka and stifadho are all on the recommendation list.