If gorgeous Greek getaways are your thing, you can bet on stunning Skopelos being one you’ll want on your to-visit list. This dreamy isle is fabled for its lush landscapes and brilliant beaches, so it’s hardly surprising that the creators behind the magical marvel, Mamma Mia!, chose it as their chief filming location.
Like what you hear so far? Follow us on a whistle-stop tour of the island, which you can reach when you fly to Skiathos. You’ll soon see why Skopelos holidays are a winner.
Around Skopelos Town and Stafylos, the island has a smorgasbord of brilliant beaches to laze on. You’ll suddenly feel inspired to unwind when you clap eyes on Kastani Beach in particular. With its blend of sand and shingle shoreline, backed by a stretch of couldn’t-be-greener trees blanketing the hillside, it epitomises the Skopelos holiday. And the Mamma Mia! filmmakers were sold by this dreamy scene. Many of the famous ABBA tracks were belted out here by Amanda Seyfried and co.
You’ll also be bowled over by just how idyllic Cape Amarandos is. It was another spot where the cameras rolled, but nowadays has an appeal for holidaymakers keen to mix relaxation with exploration. Why not pack a picnic and make a long lunch of it? We promise it’ll be hard to peel yourself away from the aquamarine waters.
If that’s not enough, there’s the pretty Panormos Beach, which offers stripy sunloungers to hire, and a medley of traditional tavernas line the pebbles. Meanwhile, in the north of the island, Mikros Aselinos Beach has bragging rights to far-spanning views and glittering golden sands. Wherever you set down your towel, you’ll have plenty of space to sprawl out and be at one with this piece of Greece.
Arguably the place to see for Mamma Mia! fans, the Church of Agios Ioannis Kastri would’ve retained its original charm as a hidden treasure had it not drawn the eye of the producers. To reach the church itself, you’ll have more than 200 steps to clamber up, but wow – the panoramas from the top will more than validate your efforts. It’s ruggedly charming, and then some. You’ll soon be imagining yourself as Donna or Sophie here, those timeless songs playing in the background.
Eager for adventure? Stretch your legs up to the Monastery of Evangelistra and behold a building that combines quaint and traditional harmoniously. It’s a nod to the 18th century and you can purchase take-home bottles of olive oil in the gift shop. You may also fancy setting sail around the Lalaria sea caves. The glossy waters reveal clear-as-day reflections of the surrounding rock formations that you’ll pass. Keep your phone handy for pics.
Fab food and drink
No Skopelos holiday would be complete without regularly wining and dining. Whether you’re all about the veg or simply must eat meat, there’s plenty for avid foodies to sink their teeth into. And cheese fiends will be in their element as well.
Grilled sardines, octopus salad, fritto misto – the list is almost endless for seafood-seekers. But you’ll find yourself drawn to the Greek classics, such as lamb kleftiko, chicken souvlaki and aubergine-filled moussaka. With taste bud-tantalising halloumi topped with honey, stuffed courgettes and meze platters finished with bowls of tzatziki and taramasalata dips, consider your palate well and truly pleased.
To round it all off, you’ll find plenty of cocktail and wine bars around the island, so order something refreshing and prepare to watch the setting sun melt across the sky. You’ll have a choice of chic drinking venues and more traditional, rustic watering holes at your fingertips.
How can you resist it?
It’s true – there’s so much to see on a Skopelos holiday that you’ll be the winner that takes it all… Beyond the Mamma Mia! must-visits, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to try and learn about the local exports. Sure, we’re talking about olives and the rich oil made from these juicy treats, but Skopelos is also known for its plums. Enjoy them as fruit, their dried counterparts, prunes, or even as a jam spread across some fresh bread. Honey’s another favourite on toast here too.
You’ll also discover that cheese pies and almonds go down well on the island. If you’d rather buy a souvenir that isn’t perishable, how about soap? It’s made with local oil and serves as the ideal way to keep your skin soft.
If all that’s got you in touch with your inner Meryl Streep, or you’ve been in the market to find a new Greek destination with the wow factor, you’ll agree that Skopelos is just the ticket. Ready for a getaway to remember? Put this sizzling summer destination on your map and get planning now.
Posted: 18th Jan 2020.