Skopelos Town is the centre of Skopelos Island. The town is extremely Greek, with family-run tavernas along the water and an old town which cascades down to the clear blue sea. The streets are narrow and lined with whitewashed buildings with red-tiled roofs. And if you’re after churches, there’s a few of them here to explore.
Skopelos Town is the first village ones sees while reaching the port. This little town which is the capital and main port of Skopelos is quite picturesque with lovely whitewashed houses, flower gardens and colorful balconies. Its fountains, its many little whitewashed churches, narrow streets and alleys compose the beautiful setting of the village. The town is built amphitheatrically amidst lush surroundings with a long labyrinth of alleys reaching the top of the hill where the ancient castle lies. At the bottom of the town, at the port where most of the activities take place during the summer, you will find plenty of restaurants, shops and modern accommodations. The picturesque Skopelos town has been designated as a heritage settlement. In the heart of the town there are many churches and monasteries to visit and the beautiful Folklore Museum that displays a fine collection of ceramics, paintings, frescoes, photos and other traditional objects from Skopelos.
Church of Agios Ioannis Kastri
The small church of Agios Ioannis is located in the region of Kastri, about 7 km east of Glossa, northern Skopelos. This lovely church stands on top of a rock and provides amazing view to the coasts of Skopelos and to Alonissos. Its name actually means Saint John on the Castle, assuming that probably there was a small castle there in the past to protect the island from pirates and enemy invasions. This small church gained huge reputation after the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia was released, where many scenes from the wedding were actually filmed there. The impressive rock is linked to the rest of the island through a narrow path with 110 steps carved into the stone. A small beach is formed right beneath the rock and it gets pretty crowded in summer. The interior of the church has beautiful icons and old ecclesiastical items to see.
For outdoor-lovers, Skopelos really hits the spot as the combination of a lovely climate and superb, pristine nature will mean that you are simply spoilt for choice. Hikers and walkers will be in their element here, although they should avoid the mid summer months of July and August as the heat makes walking any later than 8 or 9am and before 8 pm just too exhausting.
Spring is the obvious season, with the wild flowers but also late season (the end of September and all October) with its fragrant heather, is also a perfect time to get out and explore the tiny paths and dirt tracks around the island.
If you are very fit, you might like to rent a bicycle with which to explore. Again, the same advice as for hiking applies with regard to heat and times.
The Mamma Mia Story
Many visitors to Skopelos island request information about the locations where the movie Mamma Mia was filmed.The main filming took place in Skopelos ( church wedding is Agios Ioannis in Castri , the beach is Kastani , View from the house is at the area nisi Glisteri , Amarantos Agnondas , Milia , Skopelos and other points.