Skopelos

Island in Thessaly
Also called:
  • Skópelos
  • Peparethos BC
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.

Attractions, beaches & Things to Do on Skopelos

Starting Point: Chora of Skopelos

Chora of Skopelos

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

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.

Skopelos Cheese Pie

« Skopelitiki Tiropita »

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

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.

Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagitsa Tower)

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

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 picture of the beach of Glystéri on the island of Skopelos.
photo: dimitrisvetsikas1969

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".

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.

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 panoramic picture of the Limnonari beach on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

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.

An image showing the beach of Stafilos (Stafylos) on the island of Skopelos.
photo: YouInGreececom

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Alonnisos

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

Glossa Village & Loutraki Port

Located on a slope, Glossa is the second-largest settlement of Skopelos, while the coastal Loutraki is the official port of Glossa.

A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
photo: kdask / CC BY 2.0

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

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.