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Skopelos is located in the Aegean, east of the mainland of Greece and between the islands of Skiathos and Alonnisos, all belonging to the island of Sporades. The residents of Skopelos are very proud that part of the ABBA movie Mamma Mia has been recorded on their island.
Skopelos is a very beautiful and green island and with lots of amazing beaches. Along the coastal road from Skopelos town to Glossa there are perhaps half a dozen beautiful beaches, most with a mixture of sand and stones. The beaches are reached by bus or on scooter. Most beaches have high season beach service with chairs, umbrellas and dining. (Unfortunately, anyone would think so)
“Skopelos is a very beautiful and green island and with lots of amazing beaches”
One of the better beaches is Stafilos, only 4 km from the city and surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Nabostrand, Velanio, is the island’s official nudist beach. About 10 km from Skopelos town is Limnonari, which is also a lovely beach. In addition to the beautiful bathing coves and the crystal-clear waters, the island also offers more beautiful monasteries with 360 churches on the island.
Like other Greek islands without airport, there is something quite special about arriving at such an island by ferry and seeing it show up in the distance. The nearest international airport is on the neighboring island of Skiathos, where there is about 1 hour sailing to Skopelos by ferry and somewhat shorter sailing time with flying dolphin. Another advantage of the island missing an airport is that it naturally keeps the tourist volume down at an acceptable level.
“Like other Greek islands without airport, there is something quite special about arriving at such an island by ferry”
One can be lucky to find cheap flights to Skiathos with one of the big Danish charter companies, but the cheapest trip to Skopelos will almost always be by plane to Athens or Thesalonikki and then a bus or taxi to one of the port cities on the mainland. Volos or Agia Konstatinos. In the summer months you can also sail from Thesalonikki to Skopelos.
There are hundreds of churches at Skopelos and one of them very famous after some of the Mama Mia movie was shot in the beautiful Agios Ioannis.
The trip next to this church is very beautiful and it is worth taking a stop along to enjoy the amazing views. The cliff with the little church at the top is very fascinating. Above the long winding stone staircase there is of course an amazing view. The church is very small, with room for a maximum of 10 people, so there must be some cheating in the movie (-:
“Skopelos town rises like many other Greek port towns up the hillside as an amphitheater”
Skopelos town rises like many other Greek port towns up the hillside as an amphitheater. There is plenty of busy city life along the harbor promenade. Up in the middle of the city, there is a quiet local life between the steep streets that are only suitable for walking or donkeys. It is a very nice town with several small streets and cozy taverns.
By the harbor most nightlife is to be found, with cafes with soft foam cushions, while further up the town you will find the nice family-owned tavernas. A twilight trip in the southeast shows the city from a completely different side. Here, the locals have pulled the chairs outside and get a nice snake under the bangarrows of the bourgan villages while the children play around them. Greek city life just as we like it (-:
“Here the locals have pulled the chairs outside and get a taste of under the bourgan villages”
25km northwest of Skopelos city lies Glossa, which is often just around the ferry to Skopelos town. Glossa is also a nice city and definitely worth a visit. The town is built on a steep slope and has narrow, winding streets, nice cafes and not least breathtaking views of the sea. You can also visit the monastery Taxiarhes which is wonderfully beautiful.
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