Skopelos

  • Skópelos
  • Peparethos BC

Island in Thessaly

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Skopelos

A panoramic view of the Port of the main town on Skopelos island.
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Port of Skopelos Town

Well-functioning main-port regularly connected with Skiathos, Alonnisos, Volos & Mantoudi, Evia and acquires more routes in the summer season.

The main entrance and informing signs of the Folklore Museum of Skopelos.
← W   < 1km

Folklore Museum of Skopelos

Founded in 1992, after the building donation to the municipality, it includes artifacts that highlight the cultural richness of the island.

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A photo that depicts the amphitheatrical architecture of the Chora of Skopelos.
← W   < 1km

Chora of Skopelos

Main island settlement standing for its traditional architecture, the cobblestoned narrow streets, and the numerous churches and chapels.

People on the deck of the cruise ship admire the landscape composed by the sea and the nearby coast.
↑ N   < 1km

Skopelos Cruises & Boat Tours

A daily trip to nearby islands, or chance to reach beaches and other secret spots where parts of the "Mamma Mia!" movie were shooted.

An image with a Greek salad and a Skopelos Cheese Pie on a table at a restaurant in front of the port.
↖ NW   < 1km

Skopelos Cheese Pie

« Skopelitiki Tiropita »

Traditional deep-fried twisted cheese pie with hand-made phyllo dough.

The white Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagitsa Tower) and the steps leading to it.
↑ N   < 1km

Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagitsa Tower)

An island-trademark, the picturesque white chapel visible to each guest who enters the port.

An overview of the Agia Varvara Monastery of Skopelos among the dense vegetation.
→ E   ≈ 3.2km

Agia Varvara Monastery, Skopelos

The oldest monastery on the island, founded in 1648, has an exterior that resembles a medieval castle as well as a great view of the sea.

A picture showing a part of the exterior and the belfry of the main church of St. Riginou Monastery.
↙ SW   ≈ 3.3km

St. Riginou Monastery

Dedicated to the patron Saint of the island is situated to a beautiful spot, while it was founded in 1728 and rebuilt in 1960.

A distant photo of the Timios Prodromos Monastery in Skopelos among the dense vegetation of the slope it is located.
→ E   ≈ 3.4km

Timios Prodromos Monastery, Skopelos

Founded in 1612, it served as monk's monastery for almost 3 centuries, but since 1920 it is a nunnery.

A picture of the beach of Glystéri on the island of Skopelos.
photo: dimitrisvetsikas1969
↖ NW   ≈ 3.8km

Glystéri Beach, Skopelos

Picturesque & peaceful small-pebble beach at the north island coast, and a place that hosted many outdoor shootings of the movie "Mamma Mia".

An image showing the beach of Stafilos (Stafylos) on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom
↘ SE   ≈ 5.9km

Stafilos (Stafylos) Beach, Skopelos

Sandy & small pebble beach in a bay in the south of the island. It is surrounded by a pine forest, while it is organized and has a lifeguard.

A panoramic picture of the Limnonari beach on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom
↙ SW   ≈ 6.3km

Limnonari Beach, Skopelos

Organized white fine-sand beach located in a wind-protected bay with dense vegetation. The mainly calm waters are shallow and turquoise-colored.

The beach of Agnontas and the homonymous port on the south right edge.
↓ S   ≈ 6.5km

Port of Agnontas, Skopelos

A port that is used as an alternative in case of bad weather and north winds that make the main port of Chora not reachable.

A picture of the Panormos beach of Skopelos by the steep cliffs of the surroundings.
← W   ≈ 8.3km

Panormos Beach, Skopelos

Located at a wind-protected bay of dense vegetation, it's a small pebble beach with medium-deep waters, beach bars, and a lifeguard.

An overview of many people, umbrellas, and sunbeds at the Kastani (Mamma Mia) beach of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom
← W   ≈ 9.2km

Kastani (Mamma Mia) Beach, Skopelos

Exotic scenery of unique natural beauty that hosted the shootings of the "Mamma Mia!" movie.

A photo of umbrellas and sunbeds at the beach of Milia on Skopelos island.
photo: YouInGreececom
← W   ≈ 9.4km

Milia Beach, Skopelos

One of the most famous & organized beaches with small white pebbles, turquoise waters, green surroundings, and a magnificent sunset.

A picture showing a part of the Hovolo beach on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom
← W   ≈ 10.5km

Hovolo Beach, Skopelos

Not organized & remote white sand & pebble beach surrounded by steep white cliffs. Difficult access through the water and slippery rocks.

The coastline village of Neo Klima (Elios) of Skopelos among the dense vegetation.
photo: YouInGreececom
← W   ≈ 10.8km

Neo Klima (Elios), Skopelos

A relatively new coastal settlement dating from 1981, that is located approximately 24 kilometers away from the Chora of the island.

A picture showing the huge rock where the Chapel of Agios Ioannis of Kastri in Skopelos is located.
↖ NW   ≈ 12.7km

Chapel of Agios Ioannis of Kastri, Skopelos

100 m. above the sea, a small church where Sophie’s wedding in the “Mamma Mia!” movie took place.

The dense vegetation of the green island of Alonissos reaches the rocky coastline.
→ E   ≈ 14.1km

Alonnisos

Considered a refuge for monk seals (Monachus monachus) and dolphins & it's an exclusive destination for nature lovers and diving enthusiasts.

The Port of Glossa (loutraki), on Skopelos island.
photo: Georgios Pazios (Alaniaris)
↖ NW   ≈ 15.8km

Port of Glossa, Skopelos

« Loutraki »

Glossa village has second-largest island port, that gets a summer route to Agios Konstantinos & welcomes ferries which also reach Chora port.

A photo that depicts sailing boats anchored at the port of Loutraki, and the village of Glossa at the top of the hill.
↖ NW   ≈ 16.4km

Glossa, Skopelos

Located on a slope at the northern-west part of the island, the picturesque Glossa is the second-largest settlement of Skopelos.

A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
photo: kdask / CC BY 2.0
← W   ≈ 29.1km

Skiathos

Popular Greek island-destination that hosts the only airport in Sporades Archipelago and is famous for its emerald beaches and lively nightlife.

Questions & Answers about Skopelos

Why Visit Skopelos?
  • Fusion of tradition, nature, gastronomy, and welcoming spirit.
  • Its dense vegetation makes it the greenest island of the Aegean Sea.
  • The biggest part of "Mamma Mia! The Movie" scenes were shooted on the island.
What is Skopelos, Greece?

Covered by dense forests up to 80% of its area, the Greek island of Skopelos is considered the greenest island in the Aegean. It became famous throughout the world in 2008 through the film "Mamma mia!", which showed everyone its beaches and beauties. Today Skopelos is less cosmopolitan than Skiathos, but has retained much of its traditional character, which is combined with its natural beauty. All this makes it a unique destination, especially for those who love quiet holidays. The access to the island is very easy, from the port of Volos, from the port of Agios Konstantinos Fthiotidas, and during the summer season from the port of Thessaloniki.

Which are the most important points of the history of Skopelos, Greece?

The oldest traces of life on the island of Skopelos date back to the 16th century BC, with Minoan civilization being present at Stafylos. At the beginning of the 5th century BC, the island flourished with Peparithos, a powerful city-state, thanks to the wine trade. In the centuries that followed Skopelos was a base of pirates and exile convicts. In 1204 it was conquered by the Venetians and it was ruled by the House of Gkizi until 1538. The raid of the pirate Barbarossa started the Ottoman domination. During this period Skopelos experienced major economic boom, as the Ottoman government was relatively tolerant. The islanders took part in the Revolution of 1821 and the island received many refugees from Macedonia, Thessaly, and Euboea, while in 1829, it joined the independent Greek state. The naval shipbuilding tradition and art played a very important role in the economic, and cultural development of the island, since the local sailors brought to the island ideas and objects from distant cultures, thereby opening a window to the world.