Skopelos- a must visit island in the Sporades

Skopelos Greek Islands

Skopelos is the largest island in the Sporades- located between the islands of Skiathos and Alonissos, it’s the second largest of the Sporades chain after Skyros.

Skopelos- a must visit island in the Sporades
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The stunning isle boasts naturally beautiful sea, greenery, history and churches- making it the perfect location for the filming of the hit musical movie ‘Mamma Mia.’

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Skopelos- a must visit island in the Sporades

The town is also filled with fabulous bars, taverns and boutiques, so there is something to do both day and night for singles, couples and families alike.

Skopelos is virtually covered in forest, with 80% of this hilly island featuring pine trees, while several resorts lie scattered around the shore. Olive and plum groves also help make up much of the lush, green interior of Skopelos and there are many pleasant walks along forest trails.

Skopelos is a popular day-trip destination, making it a great escape from the sometimes overcrowded and hour away Skiathos.

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The beaches →

Skopelos has some wonderful beaches including Koukounaries, Big and Little Banana, Agia Eleni, Agia Paraskevi, Lalaria and Vromolimnos.

the pebble beaches here are mainly confined to the south coast between Stafylos and Loutraki

With less sandy beaches than its more populated neighbour Skiathos, the pebble beaches here are mainly confined to the south coast between Stafylos and Loutraki. Most can be visited by bus, although some require a bit of a walk so make sure you are prepared with good walking shoes, hats and water. Sandy beaches are definitely worth the journey to get to and most are quite tranquil- allowing both privacy and relaxation.

Picture perfect Skopelos Town
Picture perfect Skopelos Town

The town →

Picture perfect Skopelos Town is filled with roofs of blue slate and red tile flowing down to the steep harbour amphitheatre. Visitors can enjoy the waterfront promenade of restaurants, bars and shops pitched beneath trees of mulberry and a cliff wall ends with chapels that lead up to a 13th century Venetian Kastro. Now a designated preservation area, the streets have more than 130 churches hidden away.

The village of skopelos
Skopelos Village

The village →

Before climbing the hillside to the mountain village of Glossa, the main road passes through the Klima – with two villages- Palio Klima and Neo Klima although the whole area is also known as Elios-Klima.

When you get to Glossa, you will find a picturesque hillside village, which is home to 1,200 people and views that are nothing less than magnificent. The traditional village way of life is still evident and many houses in the village have wooden balconies and the surrounding fields are full of plum and almond trees. Several dirt roads provide walks to nearby sights of interest.

monastery of Agion Taxiarchon in Skopelos
Monastery of Agion Taxiarchon

The sights →

These must see sights include the monastery of Agion Taxiarchon, built on the ruins of a 7th century Byzantine church and the Gourouni Cape lighthouse. Tracks lead down to often deserted beaches with coves at Myrtia and Koutria to the north-west and Perivoli, Pethameni, Hondrogiorgi, Keramoto,Mavraki and Spilia in the north-east.

Many however are difficult to find and only Spilia and Perivoli have roads leading to them. Pethameni is at the bottom of a path but Hondrogiorgi has easier access and is popular amongst locals.

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At Spilia there is a cave and a chapel to Agios Ioannis built on a spectacular headland above a double coved beach. The headland was created when the cliffs collapsed into the sea and the pretty chapel featured strongly in the popular film ‘Mamma Mia’.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.