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North beaches of Skopelos, Greece

Summer holidays are fantastic for relaxing, and Skopelos in Greece offers a perfect getaway. With its crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, and charming villages, it’s an ideal destination for a summer holiday—that’s precisely where I went.

The picturesque island gained widespread recognition as the primary filming location for the beloved movie “Mamma Mia!”.

Agios Ioannis Kastri, Mamma Mia Clift, Skopelos

For a more tranquil experience, June is an ideal time to visit, as it tends to be less crowded than the bustling tourist months of July and August.

The most popular beaches are on the sheltered west coast, boasting transparent waters, fine sands, and well-equipped facilities. You can find detailed information in my post here.

Agios Ioannis Beach, Skopelos

The north beaches of Skopelos, in particular, offer a blend of natural beauty and seclusion, making them a perfect getaway from the crowds. Here are some of the highlights:

Agios Ioannis

This gorgeous beach is famous for being featured in the movie “Mamma Mia!” and is one of the most well-known attractions on the island.

Agios Ioannis, Skopelos Island, Greece

The small church is situated in the region of Kastri, about 7 km east of Glossa and 14 km from Skopelos town. It is perched on a rock above the beach, providing breathtaking views of Skopelos and Alonissos. However, getting to the church involves climbing a steep, narrow trail with approximately 110 stone steps, but the effort is worth it to see where Sophie’s wedding was filmed in the popular movie.

It’s important to note that while the church’s exterior was used in “Mamma Mia,” the interior scenes were filmed at a Hollywood film studio.

Mamma Mia Church - Agios Ioannis, Skopelos

Agios Ioannis Cove is a small, picturesque beach situated next to Agios Ioannis Kastri. Renowned as one of the most stunning beaches in Skopelos, it offers breathtaking views of the iconic Mamma Mia Cliff. During the summer, this beach becomes quite popular, with visitors able to rent sunbeds and umbrellas for a small fee. Additionally, a charming café shack can be found at the base of the Mamma Mia cliff, providing refreshments and a perfect spot to relax.


I didn’t visit this beach, but it’s known for its serene blue-green waters, golden shingle, and sand. This secluded spot is perfect for those looking to escape busier tourist areas. It also offers many small coves and rock formations, including Paralia Pethameni, which is accessible by venturing to the rocks on the left-hand side.


Despite its remote location, the beach offers amenities such as umbrellas and loungers. It is a peaceful spot, typically free from crowds. However, during our visit, strong winds made the sea rough and the beach less enjoyable.

Perivoliou, Skopelos Island, Greece

East Beaches

While we chose not to visit the eastern beaches (just Skopelos Town), they are worth mentioning.
Glysteri and Glyfoneri are two popular choices among the locals of Skopelos Town. Glysteri offers a pebbly shore with amenities such as a lido, a taverna, and a beach bar. Glyfoneri is another favoured spot with its mix of sand and shingle, clear waters, and nearby tavernas.

Perivoliou, Skopelos, Greece


To explore all the fascinating spots on the island, renting a car is the best option. Using a rental comparison website like Discover Cars is a great idea as it allows you to compare deals from different providers. You can filter your results by car type, specifications, and supplier to find the best option for your needs.

For those interested in exploring more of Skopelos, be sure to check out my other post about the island by clicking here.

Additionally, if you would like to spend a few days in Skiathos, you can read my article here.

I hope you have a lovely holiday while in Skopelos, and if you would like any information, just leave your comment below.

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