Built across three hills, the island’s capital is a protected settlement full of atmosphere, with whitewashed cobbled streets, classic white houses with stone roofs and hanging balconies, and an extraordinary 123 churches!
The Chapel of Saint John on Kastri
Perched at the top of a 100-metre-high rock that juts out into the sea, this stunning chapel achieved worldwide fame in the wedding scene in Mamma Mia. With magnificent views of the Aegean, it can be reached by a stone path of 112 steps carved out of the rock.
The National Marine Park of Alonissos and the Northern Sporades
The largest protected marine park in Europe and the world’s largest habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal is just a short distance from Skopelos. Discover a landscape of unparalleled virgin beauty full of treasures such as the ancient sunken city off the islet of Psathoura and the beaches of Kyra Panagia.
The ruins of the acropolis of ancient Selinounta on Paleokastro Hill in the Loutraki area testify to the greatness of a city that spanned the ancient Greek and Roman eras from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Visitors can explore the walls of the castle, the 5th-century-BC sanctuary of the goddess Athena, and the Roman baths.
Skopelos Folklore Museum
Housed in a restored 18th-century mansion in the centre of Skopelos Town, the museum’s excellent collection of everyday objects covers two centuries of the island’s history.
One of the prettiest villages in the Sporades stands out for its characteristic Macedonian architecture and a lifestyle that seems unchanged by time. Situated at the top of a 300-metre hill, it is among the most beautiful vantage points from which to see the sunset with views of the Aegean. Women of the village still wear the traditional island dress.
A harmonious arrangement of white sand, turquoise sea, and pine-covered hills that come down to the water’s edge make this one of the island’s most exotic beaches. It was used as a location for Mamma Mia.
The Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Built on the verdant northern slope of Mount Palouki, this imposing monastery stands out for its fortified architecture, gilded wooden icon screen, and the 16th-18th century icons that adorn its walls. The area is scattered with monasteries and churches of the same period in spectacular settings that make it seem as if they are suspended between the sea and the sky. They include the Monasteries of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Barbara, and the Holy Taxiarch.
This steep gorge of astounding natural beauty ends in a small beach. According to a local myth, the rocky fissure was created when a dragon tried to escape from Saint Riginos by jumping from its nest into the sea. Located on the road between Stafylos and Amarantos, it can only be seen properly from above.
These four remarkable stone tombs on Mount Delfi date back to the late Roman period and, legend has it, belonged to pirates. The spot can be reached by a hike along a stone path.