SKOPELOS - MAMMA MIA ISLAND
One of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean, the small (96 Km2) lush pine-covered Skopelos is the place of spectacular vistas, needle serpentine roads, hidden monasteries and unspoiled natural beaches of unparalleled beauty.
Unlike its more touristic neighbour Skiathos, Skopelos takes pride in preserving its identity. You have to arrive to Skopelos by boat (either from Skiathos or the mainland port of Agios Konstantinos) as there are no airports on the island. The ferry from Skiathos only takes 30-40 minutes. Most people get off the boat at the main town of Skopelos on the eastern side of the island but it is also possible to disembark at the smaller port of Louraki, right below Glossa (the second largest settlement) at the north-west part of the island which is a picturesque town built right on the mountainside.
Although Skopelos and her sister island, Skiathos, are only 3 nautical miles apart and are similar in many respects, geographically they are quite different. Skopelos has fantastic rugged and wild untouched pebble beaches and larger mountains (ideal for people who love to hike and visit more secluded beaches) while Skiathos has more sandy beaches and is more ideal for beach vacationers.
Skopelos is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea. The island has a wide range of flowers, trees and shrubs. The local vegetation is chiefly made up of forests of pine and oak as well as fruit trees and olive grooves. The island is quite famous for its olive oil and honey – ingredients found in many of its local culinary delights.
Skopelos town is lively with many restaurants, bars and stores. You can easily spend a whole day wandering through the labyrinth-like streets discovering cute little gems along the way like the many churches and small squares dotting the town. You will also be taken-a-back by the vistas as you climb the town.
One of the most spectacular parts of the island is where they filmed the famous “The Winner Takes It All” scene in the Mamma Mia movie. Believe it or not it is actually even more picturesque in real-life than on film. The view from the Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery on top of the hill with the sea surrounding it on 3 sides is absolutely fabulous. The turquoise water, the green trees, gray cliffs and blue sky all make for a picture-perfect profile picture.
The beach nearby (5 minute walk from bottom of monastery hill) is rugged and remote with cliffs and rocks jetting out of the sea. You have to hike down a series of rocky paths in order to enjoy it but MAN! is it worth it - in my opinion one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Mediterranean. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.