After plenty of hunting for the perfect Greek island to film Mama Mia‘s spectacular beach and island scenes, the directors decided on Skopelos. You’ll remember it as “Kalokairi” in the film.
Off the beaten track, and a real hidden gem, the island is a perfect escape for a week or two from city stressors. Here you’ll find the perfect laid-back holiday surrounded by Greek charm and picture-perfect scenery. The stuff movies are made of!
Wintertime is usually quite mild and it’s also the rainy season. Whereas the summers are warm and sunny with the summer north winds “meltemia” to cool you down.
Those interested in a bit of Hollywood glam or a bit of ABBA nostalgia will love the Mama Mia Island Tour.
Skopelos island has plenty hiking opportunities, either on your own or with a group. That said, I seriously suggest joining a hiking group on a tour, albeit a short tour. The guides are super knowledgeable and you will leave the excursion knowing much more about the area. You’ll have a new appreciation for this stunning island having joined a tour group.
More than 50% of the 90km² surface area is covered by a virgin forest of pine trees, making it the greenest island in Greece. Don’t forget to taste and buy pine honey – it is delish and used in many traditional Skopelos dishes!
Kayaking is a popular activity in Skopelos and a great alternative to discover the island’s beaches and caves.
Panormos beach is the place to be at sunset, while Kastani beach is probably the best sunbathing spot on the island.
While you meander through the downtown area, you’ll find plenty of cafes to relax at between absorbing Skopelos’ beautiful Greek architecture.
The island is a photographer’s dream. Be sure to have enough data storage space to capture all the exquisite scenery the island has to offer.
It’s also super romantic and a fabulous place to get married at!
If you’re up to climbing 199 steps, you will set foot in the very same place where the Mama Mia wedding took place. Apart from that, the tiny church with spectacular views has such a beautiful ambiance and it is a glorious invitation on itself to sit back and spend some time inside, just being yourself.
One of my favorite activities is to walk not only the main streets but also the beautiful narrow cobbled alleyways winking at me to come and explore them.
The Venetian Castle of Skopelos is worth visiting and also has a restaurant nearby, which makes for a nice morning sightseeing activity. You’ll find it at Akropoli tis Archeas Peparithou and is accessible by car and on foot. There is a really beautiful footpath from the edge of the harbor in Panagitsa that will lead you to the castle.
The Monastery of St. Barbara dates back to 1648 and is a treasure with a 15th-century wood-carved iconostasis. Also known as Agia Varvara Monastery, it sits above the town. Again, lots of breathtaking views and conveniently near to another site worth seeing, namely the Nunnery of Saint John the Baptist.
Agios Riginos Monastery is dedicated to the patron Saint of Skopelos and the home to the tomb of the Saint who was martyred in the 4th century.
It is not just Santorini that can lay claim to a beautiful Greek Island holiday. Skopelos has its fair share of Greek charm.
Skopelos may be a small island but it has stunning places to stay at.
Aeolos Hotel is an amazing hotel choice. Nothing beats an attractive and delicious buffet breakfast on a terrace in a spectacular setting. Add a bit of romance, and you’re all set for the day!
Aeolos Hotel has a beautiful view of the port in the old town, on the Aegean sea.
When you book, be sure to book a room with a sea view.
The island has more than 360 properties to stay at. For example, from hotels to self-catering accommodation. If you don’t see anything you like, enter your dates and choose something that will suit your holiday style.