Looking for the best luxury hotels in Skopelos? Skopelos may not have the spectacle of Santorini or ooze glamour like Mykonos, but it has a quiet confidence that gets under your skin. Olive groves give way to sprawling vineyards and plum orchards, the bounty of which can be found on taverna menus across the island. Part of the Northern Sporades archipelago, this forested speck can only be reached by boat – but that’s part of its charm. It’s remote and peaceful, with a rugged beauty that caught the eye of the location manager for Mamma Mia, the 2008 film adaptation of the Abba musical. Here’s our comprehensive guide to Skopelos holidays.
Skopelos is a far cry from overcrowded beaches and themed bars, it’s more about unspoiled island life – simple, rustic Greek food; quiet mountain walks and near-deserted beaches. This is one of those rare places you can unplug from modern life – it’s idyllic. Visit here for all of the most amazing beaches of Greece, or on our Pinterest site.
Skopelos Weather – When to Visit
Tourist season in the Greek Islands runs between May all the way through early November. Skopelos has a Mediterranean climate, making the summer the best time to visit. You’ll have warm weather between June and September with the hottest month being July. Temperatures can reach highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F. If you are planning a beach vacation, visiting any time in summer should give you sunny days and a low chance of rain. The shoulder months of May and October may be the best time to visit Skopelos if you want fewer crowds and cheaper prices. You will still experience pleasant weather but without hordes of tourists.
Best Skopelos Beaches
A nice fish tavern welcomes the visitors, and some wooden steps lead down to the lovely, pebbled bay with fine grey sand and crystal-clear waters. It is a really beautiful beach that is also listed among the most incredible beaches of Greece.
The sandy beach is enclosed in a stunning bay and consists of two small islets. It is a quite popular area with beautiful surroundings, many facilities and an impressive lush green setting. In Panormos you will find plenty of taverns, restaurants and many local shops. Next to the sea are some ancient wall remains.
Kastani has beautiful crystal waters and white sand surrounded by pine trees that reach the edge of the shore. Most of the scenes for “Mamma Mia” were shot here. Kastani becomes busy in summer.
Hovolo is rated among the most beautiful beaches of Skopelos due to its crystalline waters and the peaceful environment. there are three amazing coves in the region of Hovolo, each one with its own unique beauty. They are all surrounded by huge rocks with sparse vegetation that reach the shore.
Agnondas is the third port of Skopelos where ships and ferries anchor when the winds prevent them from reaching the other ports of the island. It is a picturesque coastal settlement built around a beautiful region of pine trees forests.
Best Skopelos Tours & Activities
Day Sailing trips to Skopelos and Skiathos
They organize a special activity for you and the most unforgettable day of your vacation. The first stop is in Tsougrias island for swimming, then continue to a cave where seals have their babies in winter, swim in Mamma Mia beach and have lunch in Loutraki, In the afternoon you will visit also Lalaria! Book Your Day Sailing Trip Here.
Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos and “Mamma Mia” Tour
It is an amazing private cruise where you will discover secret beaches and caves. You can dive and swim at every beach you like. Also, we visit the spots that “Mamma Mia” movie took place on the island. The hour of departure and returning is flexible. Book Your Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos & Mamma Mia Tour Here.
Private Fishing Experience in Skopelos
They offer you unique fishing experiences on a private boat that allows you to get in touch with different forms of fishing in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Book Your Private Fishing Experience Here.
Skopelos Town Walk and Wine Tasting
Combine a brief walking tour in Skopelos with a wine tasting and traditional Greek dinner. Your host will meet you at the taverna and guide you through a local stroll as well as a tasting of red and white Greek wines. Dig into a dinner of traditional and modern Greek dishes and choose from mezes platters to fill you up. Booking this experience ahead of time means no last-minute scrambling for nightly activities or dinner reservations. Book Your Skopelos Town Walk & Wine Tasting Here.
Take a boat tour from Skopelos to the neighboring island of Alonnisos for the chance to see marine life and natural attractions. You’ll pass by the “Two Brothers” rock islands and visit Leftos Gailos, a pebble beach home to clear waters. This cruise is a great way to see another Greek island in one day. Book Your Alonissos Cruise Here.
Best Skopelos Restaurants
Olivo $11 – 30
A romantic garden serving delicious dishes of Greek traditional cuisine merged with modern Mediterranean flavors. Telephone: 30 24240 23209 Web: Olivo – Home | Facebook
Agnanti Restaurant $11 – 30
Flavors traditional and forgotten, but which everyone loves. Home-made, traditional, local recipes, many of which have been handed down by their grandmothers, and which we still prepare at Agnanti. Old recipes and newer ones, using the most genuine and flavorful of ingredients. Telephone: 30 24240 33606 Web: Agnanti Restaurant Bar
Gousto $10 & Under
Gousto’s goal is to provide customers with a healthier version of fast food. The burgers and pizzas are handmade daily. Found in the village, at the old olive factory area. Telephone: 30 24240 24554 Web: Gousto
Zoupa $11 – 30
Tucked away in the picturesque Old Olive Oil Factory of Skopelos town, set in a peaceful courtyard style garden. Proudly offering its diners wholesome food by using as many local and seasonal products as possible to ensure a standard of excellent quality. Telephone: 30 24240 24494 Web: Zoupa Menu:
Turquoise tablecloths match the waves washing directly below the fabulous seafront terrace at friendly Flisvos, whose simple, superb Greek cooking excels. Appetisers such as tzatziki, taramasalata (thick purée of fish roe, potato, oil and lemon juice), feta-courgette fritters or halloumi with a squeeze of lemon are standouts, and there’s excellent fresh fish plus traditional standards like mousakas and stifadho (meat, game or seafood cooked with onions in a tomato puree). Telephone: 30 24240 33856 Web: Flisvos Taverna – Home | Facebook
Best Skopelos Bars
Mercurius Cocktail Bar
Mercurius Bar offers a rich variety of drinks, cocktails as well as wine labels. The chillout, lounge music choices from the world music scene are another reason to enjoy visiting. Telephone: 30 24240 24593 Web: Mercurius Cocktail Bar
Skala Cocktail Bar
Skala Cocktail Bar offers a great view of Skopelos Port, with a magnificent balcony and bar. Enjoy great music and amazing views to enjoy your drink. Telephone: 30 2424 024458 Web: Skala Cocktail Bar
Kraken Seaside Drink & Dine
Kraken is a modern, relaxed beach bar with great food. Enjoy relaxing music, sun loungers and tasteful Mediterranean dishes. Telephone: 30 697 178 6609 Web: Kraken Seaside Drink & Dine
Blackmail Rock Bar
If you are a rock lover, this is your place. It offers great views of Skopelos harbor and walking distance to Skopelos. Telephone: 30 24240 22072 Web: Blackmail Rock Bar
Enjoy the rhythms, the dance music, and endless fun till the early hours. They have improvised shows daily, and the staff have been seen dancing on the bar. Telephone: 30 24240 24513 Web: La Costa