One of our favorite Mama Mia spots!

Skopelos Holidays: Top 6 Activities on the Island

Thinking about Skopelos holidays? You’ll love Skopelos Island, also known as the ‘Mamma Mia’ island. It’s a beautiful and lively place. Our guide talks about the coolest stuff to do in Skopelos, like visiting amazing beaches and getting a taste of its exciting culture. It’s all you need for a great trip to this lovely spot by the sea.

With its picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage, Skopelos offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler. We could say that combines the green of the Ionian islands and the Cyclades white houses.

We hope that this post along with our comprehensive map of tourist attractions will be your perfect companion during your holidays on Skopelos Island!

Aerial view of Hovolo Beach in Skopelos, showcasing its clear turquoise waters and surrounding lush greenery, captured by a drone. Visiting that beach is one of the best things to do in Skopelos
Exploring the stunning Hovolo Beach from above – a must-visit destination in our Skopelos travel guide.

Skopelos island is considered one of the Mediterranean’s greenest islands since more than 80% is covered by virgin pine forests. Even so it only became widely known because of the famous “Mama Mia” movie musical starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan!

In this post, we wrote down our notes from our six-day trip regarding what you can do in Skopelos, a short travel guide. We created a separate post though about where to stay and how to reach this beautiful island

1. Find the Best Beaches in Skopelos

Skopelos Island is renowned for its stunning coastline adorned with picturesque beaches. Start your beach-hopping adventure at the mesmerizing Stafilos Beach, where the crystal-clear, emerald-green waters invite you for a refreshing swim.

Being a sparsely populated island, such as Milos, Skopelos allows you to enjoy your holidays with full privacy! We never imagined that we would have a 500-meter beach, Chovolo, with turquoise water entirely for ourselves!

Continue your journey to Velanio Beach, accessible through a short hike in a fragrant pine forest. This secluded oasis offers tranquility and natural beauty. Milia Beach is another must-visit spot with its pebbled shores and azure waters. Finally, immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Panormos Beach, where golden sands and gentle waves create the perfect setting for relaxation.

Kate walking on a sandy path towards Velanio Beach and clear blue sky in the background.
Join Kate on her journey to the tranquil Velanio Beach, one of the best things to do in Skopelos.

2. Wander Around Skopelos Villages

Kate posing in front of a vibrant blue door with a flourishing pink bougainvillea
Capturing the charm of Skopelos – Kate – a picturesque blue door – a pink bougainvillea

Skopelos Island is home to charming villages, each offering a unique glimpse into the island’s authentic character. Begin exploring Skopelos Town, the island’s capital and a true architectural gem. Lose yourself in the narrow alleys adorned with bougainvillea, discover hidden squares, and admire the stunning views from the ancient Venetian Castle.

In Glossa, experience a traditional Greek village with its white-washed houses and panoramic vistas. Loutraki, a quaint fishing village, provides a serene escape, while Elios offers a blend of natural beauty and laid-back charm.

A quaint and inviting coffee shop in Skopelos town, featuring traditional Greek architecture and cozy outdoor seating. Chilling there is defenitely one of the best things to do in skopelos
Charming small coffee shops are on every corner of Skopelos city

3. Discover Beautiful Nature on your Skopelos Holidays

Skopelos holidays offer stunning, untouched nature that will wow everyone who loves the outdoors. With no exaggeration, the nature here reminded us of our recent trip to Epirus and Vikos Gorge. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic journey to Mount Palouki, the highest peak on the island. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Explore the island’s dense forests, where fragrant olive groves and vibrant wildflowers create a captivating tapestry of colors. Discover hidden waterfalls such as the enchanting Agnontas Waterfall, where you can cool off in its crystal-clear pools.

For a unique experience, take a boat tour to the nearby Marine Park of Alonissos, a protected area that offers a glimpse into the rich marine ecosystem of the region something that unfortunately we didn’t have time to experience.

4. Taste Skopelos’ Local Food and Wine

Skopelos Island is a paradise for food lovers, offering a delectable array of traditional Greek dishes and locally produced wines. Delight your taste buds with classic Greek delicacies such as moussaka, souvlaki, and fresh seafood fished by skilled local fishermen.

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the island’s famous “Skopelitiki Tyropita,” a savory cheese pie that showcases the island’s culinary heritage. The perfect place is the Lethe Bohemian coffee place in Skopelos’ port.

For an unforgettable dining experience with an amazing view, modern Greek cuisine and a wide selection of wines visit the Agnanti in Glossa! Do not forget to order the Shrimps “Kadaifi”, Skopelitian Style Dakos, Feta with Nektar of Samos, Kritharoto, and “Tagliatelles” of Kalamari!

Breathtaking view from Agnanti restaurant in Skopelos, overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea and scenic coastline. One of the best things to do
Savoring the view and cuisine at Agnanti restaurant, a top pick in our guide to the best things to do in Skopelos.

5. Fun Hike to Skopelos’ Pig Lighthouse

A joyful photo of the user and Kate at The Pig Lighthouse in Skopelos, with the historic lighthouse and sea in the backdrop.
The Pig Lighthouse with more than a century story has quite stories to tell

This exhilarating trail promises some of the best panoramic views in your holidays in Skopelos and an immersive experience with nature. As you trek through the island’s pine forest, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of the azure Aegean Sea and the verdant coastline.

The hike to Pig Lighthouse showcases the island’s natural beauty, with its fragrant pine forests and vibrant wildflowers. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, this trail offers a rewarding journey. Alternatively, you may choose to drive to the watchtower as we did ??! The last 3-4 kilometers are part of a dirt road but if we did it with our rented Nissan Micra you can do it as well!

Aerial shot of a white car traveling on a dirt road surrounded by lush green trees in Skopelos, taken by a drone heading towards The Pig Lighthouse.
One of our favorite rides in Skopelos was going by car to the Gourouni lighthouse!

6. Walk the Mamma Mia! Trail in Skopelos

The iconic Agios Ioannis in Castri church in Skopelos, perched atop a rocky outcrop with stunning views of the sea.
Visiting the iconic Agios Ioannis in Castri – a must-see spot in Skopelos, famously featured in ‘Mamma Mia’!

Skopelos Island, known for its role in the ‘Mamma Mia!’ movie, invites fans to relive the film’s magic. Firstly, you can visit the beautiful Agios Ioannis Chapel, famous for its enchanting wedding scene. As you marvel at its beauty, you’ll feel immersed in the movie’s magic.

Then, make your way to the Old Port of Skopelos Town. This picturesque harbor is featured in several key scenes, offering a nostalgic walk through its charming streets. As you wander, the captivating story of ‘Mamma Mia!’ seems to come alive around you

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