Skopelos

Island in Thessaly

Skopelos' forests touch the seawater. No wonder the film «Mamma Mia!» was shot here. Its traditional architecture and monasteries will keep you busy.

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Skopelos

Port of Skopelos Town

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

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Skopelos Folklore Museum

This museum exhibits artifacts from the island's the cultural wealth including wedding dresses, houseware and utensils, and elaborate ship replicas.

← W
< 1km

Chora of Skopelos

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

← W
< 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.

↑ N
< 1km

Skopelos Cheese Pie

The locally called "Tyropita" is a traditional deep-fried twisted (or swirled) cheese pie with hand-made phyllo dough.

Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagitsa Tower)

The island's trademark, the picturesque white chapel visible to each traveler entering the port. Visit this place early evening for a great sunset.

↑ N
< 1km

Agia Varvara Monastery

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

→ E
≈ 3.2km

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.

↙ SW
≈ 3.3km

Timios Prodromos Monastery

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

→ E
≈ 3.4km
A picture of the beach of Glystéri on the island of Skopelos.
photo: dimitrisvetsikas1969

Glystéri Beach

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

↖ NW
≈ 3.8km
An image showing the beach of Stafilos (Stafylos) on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

Stafilos (Stafylos) Beach

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.

↘ SE
≈ 5.9km
A panoramic picture of the Limnonari beach on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

Limnonari Beach

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

↙ SW
≈ 6.3km

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.

↓ S
≈ 6.5km

Panormos Beach

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

← W
≈ 8.3km
An overview of many people, umbrellas, and sunbeds at the Kastani (Mamma Mia) beach of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

Kastani (Mamma Mia) Beach

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

← W
≈ 9.2km
A photo of umbrellas and sunbeds at the beach of Milia on Skopelos island.
photo: YouInGreececom

Milia Beach

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

← W
≈ 9.4km
A picture showing a part of the Hovolo beach on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

Hovolo Beach

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

← W
≈ 10.5km
The coastline village of Neo Klima (Elios) of Skopelos among the dense vegetation.
photo: YouInGreececom

Neo Klima (Elios), Skopelos

A modern coastal settlement with a marina, football and basketball courts, a playground for children, and good hotels and rooms to let.

← W
≈ 10.8km

Chapel of Agios Ioannis of Kastri

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

↖ NW
≈ 12.7km

Alonnisos

A diver? An ancient shipwreck and a seals refuge are awaiting you here. Not a diver? Well, the island's beauty would blow anyone's mind either way.

→ E
≈ 14.1km
The Port of Glossa (loutraki), on Skopelos island.
photo: Georgios Pazios (Alaniaris)

Port of Glossa, Loutraki Skopelos

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

↖ NW
≈ 15.8km

Glossa, Skopelos

Founded by ancient Minoans, the beauty of this village will capture your heart. The views and sunsets of the "High Village" are magnificent.

↖ NW
≈ 16.4km
A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
photo: kdask / CC BY 2.0

Skiathos

If you're a plane-spotter, Skiathos is your place. This fabulous island is peppered with emerald beaches, green forests, and historical sites.

← W
≈ 29.1km

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.

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