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Skopelos

Skopelos holidays

The largest island in the Northern Sporades archipelago, Skopelos holidays take you to a wonderfully natural destination filled with miles of vibrant greenery, fantastic golden beaches and traditional white-washed villages.

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As charming as ever

Skopelos will look recognisable to Abba fans upon arrival as the island was the main filming location for Mamma Mia! a hit film in 2008.

While the film has attracted fans and tourists since then, Skopelos has in no way lost its cultural charm with quaint villages and traditional towns interspersed between the vast pine forests, olive groves and orchards that cover the island.

Couples and families will find plenty to explore through here while the capital, Skopelos Town, is filled with terrific places to shop and dine.

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Thick forests and smooth beaches

You'll be torn between spending your time soaking up the sun on Skopelos beaches and hiking the trails of the island's forests and cliffs. Whichever option you choose, you're guaranteed exquisite scenery that takes your breath away.

Travel around the island to find your ideal beach which ranges from smooth golden sands to hidden pebbly coves. The sandier beaches are mostly found on the south and west coasts of the island, the opposite side to Skopelos Town. These beaches can fill up fast during the popular summer months so those looking for serenity by the sea can sunbathe on the beaches on the north coast.

Mamma Mia!

Businesses on the island provide you with opportunities to utilise the nature of Skopelos at your own pace. Hidden behind hills of thick greenery, Panormos Beach is a sandy spot that offers a range of activities from the watersports centre on the beach. A great activity is kayaking around the coast to explore the rest of the coves and cliffs.

Alternatively you could set sail on boat trips to other islands or go on a dolphin watching tour. Back on land you have opportunities to hike through the forest trails or hire a mountain bike and cycle to spots that provide fantastic views over the whole island.

Combined with catchy tunes and some Meryl Streep magic, the traditional Greek scenery of Skopelos helped make Mamma Mia! a global phenomenon. Fans of the musical looking to see the filming locations will want to visit the idyllic Glysteri Beach and Kastani Beach while the film's wedding took part in the chapel of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in the town of Glossa.

Nights out in the capital

Hotels booked through Holiday Hypermarket place you conveniently close to Skopelos Town, which acts as the cultural yet vibrant heartbeat to this peaceful island.

The capital is accommodating by day and even more welcoming at night with small bars and Greek tavernas offering seating areas that spill out onto the streets. Within the old town section of the city live music and laidback tunes are favoured over DJ decks and chart-topping hits.

The waterfront area by the harbour does kick things into gear slightly with a livelier offering of small nightclubs and neon bars but Skopelos will always be considered a cool and calm island.

Made and grown on the island

Those looking for designer names and tacky souvenir gifts may be disappointed on holidays to Skopelos. Instead the shopping options present independent sellers that offer locally made goods and produce.

The waterfront is a good place to looks for items like handmade ceramics, unique jewellery designs and Greek rugs. Olive oils, bottles of wine and pastry products are consumable options to give you a taste of Skopelos.

Eating out in Skopelos Town

The harbour area in Skopelos Town serves up delicious and scenic restaurants where Greek, Mediterranean and seafood dishes are enjoyed. Dozens of tavernas are found in ideal positions across the island with the popular beaches and the capital's old town serving as great venues.

It's not all candlelit, upmarket meals available though. Coffee bars provide wonderful drinks and snacks like the island's famous cheese pie while takeaways provide unhealthy options for late night revellers.

Arriving by boat

There are no airports on Skopelos so after landing at Skiathos Airport, you'll then take a 70 minute ferry to Skopelos Town's harbour. From there it is short drive to your chosen accommodation.

Skopelos features one main road that runs to other resorts and towns so it is simple enough to get buses and taxis to other beaches and attractions.

You can hire a car or a motorcycle to get around and it is easy to navigate thanks to the simple road structure.

Best time of year to visit

The summer temperatures across Skopelos raise to around 30°C and remain hot enough for a fantastic holiday from June until September. Even the months either side of this experience average highs of at least 20°C and remain dry.

Summer is the busiest tourist time for the island and the locals prepare for an influx of visitors by holding annual festivals. Two separate religious celebrations are held in August that sees the island share its culture with visitors through wine, food and music.