Greek island destination guide: Skopelos*
Last year we were lucky enough to visit the Greek island of Skiathos for my cousin’s wedding. I hadn’t visited Greece since I was really little with my family but it’s safe to say I fell in love with it all over again – the amazing views, the white-washed buildings, the laid-back atmosphere and the delicious food – I couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect to spend a week.
During our holiday we took a boat trip over to the nearby island of Skopelos, made famous by being the setting for the Mamma Mia film. This island was truly stunning – when you think unspoilt this is what springs to mind – and I wish we’d spent a little longer there. Here’s my guide to a Skopelos holiday…
One of my favourite things to do, especially on an island holiday, is to go exploring and there’s plenty to see in Skopelos. Skopelos Town is the centre of the island and it has family run tavernas, and tonnes of typically Greek whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs. There are also 123 churches to discover. Yes, that’s right – 123!
The town’s old quarter, Kastro, sits high up on the hill top with a Venetian Castle up stepped alleyways. The sea views from here are incredible and stretch out for miles.
This island really is unspoilt, especially compared to other Greek holiday hotspots. Further inland you’ll find olive groves, orchards and pine forests – a perfect place for an early morning hike before the weather gets too hot – it usually stays above 30 degrees during the summer months.
My very favourite thing about Skopelos is the beaches. No matter whether you prefer rocky and dramatic, pebbly, or golden sands, the island has got them all. The south and west coasts have the best sandy beaches but if you’d rather go off the beaten track, try the northern side of the island which is lesser known to tourists. The nearby island of Alonnisos is also worth a trip, if you get chance.
Where to eat
Obviously the food is a HUGE part of any Greek holiday. We ate the famous Greek gyros at one of the many bars overlooking the Aegean Sea. If you haven’t tried one of these yet, you are seriously missing out – it’s pork cooked on a vertical rotisserie served in a pitta bread with tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce and chips – AMAZING. We shared ours with the resident stray cats, which I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do.
I’d love to try The Muses next time I visit Skopelos as it’s the top rated restaurant on the island according to Trip Advisor. It looks like a traditional Greek restaurant with an incredible sea view and serves up delicious seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes.
What’s your favourite Greek island destination? For many, the island of Crete sits right at the top of their list of favourites. An island such as that really deserves to be seen from coast to coast which is why hiring a car is such a good idea. You could hire a vehicle with e-mietwagenkreta. But which island is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!