Whether you’re intending to try some water sports, or lay back with a cocktail and a holiday read, Skopelos is the island that beach dreams are made of. For sun, sand and scenery that’s straight out of Mamma Mia!, make your way to Kastani Beach. Surrounded by lush pine trees and glittering turquoise waters, this white sand beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming alike. There’s also a beach bar nearby, where you can indulge in a cocktail or an ice cold beer.
You simply can’t visit a Greek island without treating your taste buds some delicious local cuisine, and Skopelos is no exception to this rule. Lush olive groves can be found all over the island, and these bountiful crops produce some of the best olive oil you’ll find anywhere in the world. Popular Skopelos specialities include astakos giouvetsi (lobster baked with orzo and seasonal herbs), and Bakaliaros me Patates-Damaskina-Domata (codfish with plums, potatoes and tomatoes).
When you think of Greek island paradise, you’ll probably picture quaint cobbled streets, white-sand beaches and glittery turquoise seas, with some traditional whitewashed architecture thrown in for good measure. When you book a holiday to Skopelos, you’ll be pleased to know that this small island offers all this and so much more. Thick pine forests and lush olive groves dominate the landscape, and it goes without saying that the coastline is like something from a picture-postcard. Whether you’re for the hiking trails, or to indulge in some more relaxing pursuits, Skopelos offers everything you could wish for.
It’s been over ten years since Skopelos shot to fame as the setting for the 2008 blockbuster Mamma Mia!, but the island is still regarded as the epitome of Greek island bliss. Despite its film-star status, Skopelos still doesn’t get quite as busy as some of the larger islands, so whether you’re enjoying a romantic break for two, or a holiday with the kids, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the laid back pace of life that this place is known for.
As an island renowned for its olive oil, no visit to Skopelos would be complete without sampling some fresh produce. At Antoniou Family Olive Press, just east of Glossa, you’ll be able to see exactly how olive oil has been produced for over 130 years. This third generation family-owned mill uses traditional methods to harvest each batch of crops, and when you visit the press, you’ll learn all about this step-by-step process, before enjoying a taste test and even picking up a few souvenirs to take home.
For a truly secluded sunbathing spot, Perivoliou Beach should be top of your list. Picturesque, peaceful and remarkably free from crowds (even during the peak of summer), this glorious stretch of sand is a wonderful place to relax, whether you’ve got the kids in tow, or are enjoying a romantic getaway for two. Situated on the north east coast of the island, less than 30 minutes by car from the village of Glossa, the beach is also a short distance away from Agios Taxiarchis, a 17th century monastery.
Despite being built in the early 1700s, today, this magnificent post-Byzantine monastery is looked after by just one nun. Situated 3.5 kilometres east of Skopelos Town on the slopes of Mount Palouki, this fascinating monastery boasts incredible views across the centre of town, and the glistening waters of the Aegean. Renowned for its fortress-like architecture and impressive collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, this is one of the most important religious monuments on the island.
In Skopelos, summertime temperatures are usually in the mid-high 30s, with around 12 hours of sunshine per day and hardy any rainfall. During the spring and autumn, the weather will be cooler, with temperatures ranging from the late teens to mid-20s and the odd spot of rain.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Greece but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.
The currency used in Skopelos is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken is Greek.