Saturday, 23 July 2016

Skopelos - The Perfect Greek Island



I'm back from my holibobs my darling chickpeas and I have so so much to tell you! But first I'd like to thank you all for the amazing comments you left on my latest post. You are truly the best readers I could ever wish for and I enjoyed reading every one of your comments while I was away. Holidays make me smile, but you guys take my smile to a whole new level. But let's get to the point of this post. Read on to learn why Skopelos is the perfect Greek island!





Skopelos is an island in the western Aegean Sea. It belongs to the island group called Sporades with several other little islands. The island is fairly small and you can drive from one end to the other in about an hour. Some might know it as the one of the sets for the lovely film Mamma Mia. However it's a lot more than just a set. As probably everywhere in Greece, the beaches on Skopelos are stunning, food is absolutely delicious and people are kind and generous. The difference, compared to other Greek islands, to me is the green nature, which looked stunning next to the turquoise seawater. Mass tourism also hasn't quite landed on the island, thanks to the lack of an international airport. This meant that many of the beautiful beaches were tranquil and isolated. And that you actually felt like you were in Greece. 

How to get there
As I mentioned above, there's no international airport on Skopelos. The closest one is on Skiathos, the neighbour island, and the ferry trip from there to Skopelos takes 1-1,5 hours. 

What to do





I like to call the island an adventure island myself. It looks a bit like an island from Jurassic Park, the roads with their hairpin turns feel exciting to drive along and at times it can feel like you're the only one on the island. It's easy to say the best thing to do is to just explore.
Swimming and snorkeling are obviously a must. If you travel in the summer months, you'll naturally want to do this anyway. But however amazing your hotel pool might be, you have to go to the beaches as well! The beaches vary from very easy access to ones you have to put more effort in to get to and at them you can find clear waters like nowhere else. I recommend wearing swimming shoes. They might look very non-sexual, but believe me when I say they are a must-have on the stony, slippery beaches. And there are some sea-urchins around too, and you don't want to step on them with your bare foot! My favourite beach was definitely the secluded Hovolo beach, which is surrounded by big white rocks which don't just look amazing but also give a lovely natural shade. My other favourite one is called Armenopetra, where isolation is real and the view to the close-by village Glossa and nextdoor neighbour Skiathos is amazing.
To get the most out of the beautiful nature, I definitely recommend going hiking. There are some marked routes on the island. We took a hike up mt Palouki, and enjoyed it a lot, although I must admit we managed to take a wrong turn at the very beginning of our hike. Lucky it was a dead end so we weren't able to go on for too long :D The view up on the mountain is immense!
There are some regular bus routes on Skopelos, however I suggest you rent a vehicle for at least a couple of days. We rented a little scooter and basically got to go anywhere we wanted. Although again, I must admit we had to push the poor thing up a couple of steep hills :D

What to see


In my opinion, the only thing Skopelos lacks are signs of any ancient Greek history. It was always one of my favourite subjects in history classes, so it was sort of a disappointment. Greeks probably have myths for everything everywhere (which is why Greek people never tell lies, they just tell myths as one gentleman on the island noted) but there weren't really any famous signs of them either on the island. 
There's probably a monastery or church for every other person on the island. Some are the size of your closet and some look super pretty with their white walls. One of the most beautiful chapels is the Agios Ioannis Sto Kastri. Famous from Mamma Mia, but you can forget about the film, the place is stunning in it's own glory. 
At Sendoukia you can find four carved graves, which are considered to have been graves of pirates. There's a bit of walking to do in order to access this sight but the view is definitely worth the trouble.
Also make sure you have a little stroll in the islands capital Skopelos town and the second biggest town Glossa. Both are charming wee places with their white houses and colourful doors.

What to eat

Greek cuisine is one of the most known in the world. We all know what a Greek salad is, but what you don't know unless you've eaten it in Greece, is how super delicious it actually is! Olives and feta cheese really taste different over there. I'm not a big fan of olives but over there they were yummy.  As I've recently gone vegetarian, I was slightly concerned about traveling and finding anything to eat. My concern was totally unnecessary because anywhere we went, there were always loads of vegetarian/plant-based options. Stuffed tomatoes turned out to be my fave!
The best restaurant on the whole island has to be The Muses which is located right next to the sea in Skopelos Town. If the wind blew strong enough I bet you could actually get a bit of seawater on your feet while eating. The food was tasty and the view was like from a painting. I wish I could eat like this every night!

For more views of the beautiful island go watch my vlog on Youtube :)


Have you travelled to Greece? What's your favourite thing about the country?
How does Skopelos sound to you?
Do you like Greek food?

Thanks for reading lovely!
Emma xxx


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12 comments

  1. love love love love love your watermelon floaty!! Loved your snapchat the past few weeks too hun, you look like you had such an amazing time, and been lovely to watch :)

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  2. I've been to Greece a couple of times but never Skopelos, but your photos look incredible! I so want to go, the coastline looks beautiful xx

    Gemma • Miss Makeup Magpie ❤️

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  3. This Island looks stunning. I've always wanted to go to Corfu, Crete or Mykonos, but never thought of this Island. :) I love the idea that it is absolutely isolated, seems like the perfect couple's holiday. I love your floatie too by the way!

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  4. This is gorgeous! Hope you're having the best time ever xx
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  5. Looks like you had great time, loved the video. The island is so beautiful. Gemma x
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  6. It looks absolutely amazing! Greece is definitely at the top of the list of places I want to visit!
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  7. Oh my gosh it looks idyllic, all your photos are stunning! I really wish I was going away this summer ♥

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  8. Wow, what a beautiful place! I'm definitely going to have to add it to my list. Loved your blog of it too, it seems so quiet and peaceful :)

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  9. Wow hun, it looks like you had such an amazing time on your holiday! I remember seeing your tweets about it, and was excited ever since to read a full post on your trip! :) And there's a little vlog also, yayyyy. :D Can I just say... Looking at your photos got me into a proper holiday mood! Your pics are so beautiful and I almost feel as if I was right there with you, haha. :D <3 x x x I've actually never been to Greece myself, but it is deffo on my bucket list... Just look at those views, and the beautifully clear water!! <3 Sounds like there was lots to do also, and it must have been so awesome to drive around a little scooter on the island. :D <3 x x Will watch your vlog at lunchtime hun... And welcome back!!!!!! Love you lots <3 <3

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  10. I have LOVED following you on your adventures in Greece on Snapchat so much, sweetie! :) Every day I knew I had to check your new snaps & was sooo happy you had such a fab holiday <3 You both deserved it so much, hunni <3
    Oh my goodness, I am in love with this post. Such a perfectly written and displayed photo travel diary, sweetie. Hiking sounds like a must-do there along with all the swimming, walking, exploring and, of course, eating :)
    Greece is stunning!!!
    So happy to be back to my babe's blog & YT channel! You know I always watch your vids, I just don't comment on YT for some reason but I am always there for you, sweetie. Btw, I am going to try and film my 1st video this coming week. Will edit it and see what I think and if it's worth publishing. Super nervous but hope it will be fine :D
    Love ya bunches, my lovely <3 Hope you are having a super great weekend!
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  11. This looks so stunning! I have been totally in love with all the photos you've been taking!

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  12. Hi! I saw accidentaly your video on Youtube and I loved it. I found your blog from you channel and I have to say it's absolutely amazing!! Your photos from Skopelos are so beautiful!! Thank you for choosing Greece!
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