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
I can´t stop looking at those photos! Greece really has paradisiac veiws and the culture is something I am really up to. Kastani Beach seems to be the pretiest of all, but if I had to choose one, which one would you recommend? Also, Aegean Hotel looks really nice, but is it near to all the activities you mention in the artcile? I´m not into renting a car you know..
Definitely Hovolo Beach. I like a quieter beach, so that is my top choice. The Aegean Hotel is located very close to the beach, and restaurants. It’s in an area where there are many hotels, so you will find plenty of things close by. If you click on the hotel link, there is a map of where the hotel is located. So, you can see how close to everything it is.
Too often beaches are spoiled by being made too commercial. By that I mean there are stretches of hotels, bars, beach paraphernalia, beach activities and of course loads of people. There is something very attractive about a beach like Skopelos that is much more serene, has a natural allure, and is not built up. I liked the beachfront proximity of Adrina but prefer the Skopelos Village hotel as it is close to both the beach and the village so I can get a dual experience. And with a 9.7 review rating, I could not want better than that!
I know all about what you are talking about. I live by the #1 beach in the U.S. and it is so over commercialized, populated, crowded, etc. I drive down the road for my day at the beach.
Thank you for a great, detailed post. I am always on the lookout for a new holiday destination, and this is one I will definitely add to the list. I haven’t been to Greece yet, but it is high up on my list. Scuba diving is always n my list of things to do, does Skopelos offer many sites?
Yes, there is plenty of scuba diving for you and places where you can rent equipment. You would enjoy Tony 🙂 Thanks for visiting my best luxury hotels in Skopelos guide.
What can I say but that you have an amazing website about both Beaches and Beach Hotels! I love it! My hubby and I are travel bloggers who love beaches. This looks like a website we shall Bookmark and Visit often. You have made it so well that you have even took the time to list out Places To Eat as well!
The white sand beaches look so breathtaking, beautiful, and a sure tropical gem to visit and indulge in!I Is there a chance to see dolphins or sharks at these places? I am scared of sharks since seeing the movie Jaws.
Wishing you all the best with your online success Above Beyond the Horizon,
You will see lots of dolphins, but you won’t see sharks. Dolphins like to swarm around boat motors, and really any activity like paddle boarding or kayaking. So enjoy! And thank you Angle, for taking the time to leave me comments.
Your website offers so many beach travel destinations that it is hard to choose just one location to visit for my next vacation with my family. Traveling to Skopelos sounds very intriguing and the hotels are grand. After reading the ratings of each hotel think would be nice choice to stay at Adrina Beach Hotel.
Skopelos is beautiful and you will enjoy the Adrina Beach Hotel. Being right on the water makes it a great choice in my book. Thanks for visiting the best luxury hotels in Skopelos.
I have been researching about the city of Skopelos before going. And I would like to share with you all what I have found interesting. If you like archeology stuff, Skopelos has more than a hundred churches. The earliest ones date back to the 9th century. In the port of Skopelos, there was in ancient times a temple of Athena and now there is a Venetian fortress. There are numerous monasteries all over the island.
Yes, I knew about the churches. There is certainly a lot to see and do in Skopelos, besides just visiting the beaches. Definitely a 2-week vacation time frame to see and do everything that interests you.
I just finished reading your review on Rhodes and all its surrounding attractions and I was impressed! Now I read your article on Skopelos and I immediately say wow! The two locations would make a supreme luxury holiday that would have lasting memories. This area is a perfect hideaway off the beaten path but still really not that far away. Being remote and peaceful with plenty of beauty of beauty and some of the most amazing beaches. I am enthralled; Greece is the perfect location for a summer holiday!
It is the perfect destination for a summer holiday! Thank you for taking the time to leave me comments.
Hello! I have been reading so many articles on your website today thinking about my next vacation! I have been to Santorini and Mykonos, and it sounds like Skopelos would be a calmer and more secluded option to consider next. The waters look perfectly clear and inviting. I will definitely be looking into these hotels for my next trip!
Great Erica, please let me know if you need any additional information. And yes, calmer.
Hi Leahrae, Great post again we really enjoyed learning more about Skopelos, but we only see adds for the hotels and no actual reviews for the hotels on your post. Could you please elaborate more on the hotels available in the Skopelos area? We are planning a trip and would like to know more details, same as the restaurants and bars like you did in the post.
Thank you for a great post.
Thank you Marlene, I am glad you have enjoyed your visit to the best luxury hotels in Skopelos. If you click on the individual hotels, you can get all the information for that particular hotel. You can do so on any or all of them. My post would be way too long if I did a hotel description for each one. This way you can go thru a few of them and all the information on the hotel will be there for you as well as the pricing. I hope that answers your question.
Thanks for your post with all the amazing recommendations and detailed information about Skopelos! Can not ask for more! Agnondas Beach looks appealing to me! “Mamma Mia” is one of my favorite movies so I will definitely take the Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos and “Mamma Mia” Tour. I am looking forward to our next trip!
Glad you enjoyed Grace! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.
Thanks for sharing this amazing article. I love reading these sort of articles from time to time as they always seem to make me happy n cheer me up and lleave my mind open with the promise of endless possibilities.. In fact, its actually been gaes since i last went anywhere nice like this.
Thanks for sharing
Hi Karalyne, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the best luxury hotels in Skopelos. I hope you can travel here soon! Thanks for stopping by.