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Skopelos west coast beaches, Greece

The Skopelos west coast beaches are a true paradise, with crystal-clear waters, white soft sands, and breathtaking sunsets, it’s easy to see why these beaches have become so famous, even serving as the backdrop for the movie Mamma Mia!

These west beaches are more developed, although they still maintain a calm atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of too many tourists. The majority of these beaches offer well-organised facilities such as sun loungers, bars, and restaurants, perfect for tourists to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Aegean Sea.

Kastani, Skopelos
Kastani

The best time to visit the island is June, as the weather is generally good and there are fewer tourists compared to the high season, which in Europe is in July and August.

However, during my visit, we were surprised by the weather as most days were cloudy or/and windy, which didn’t allow us to enjoy the beaches as we would have liked. What a shame!

But anyway, if you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, be sure to visit some of the most stunning beaches this region has to offer. From serene and secluded coves to bustling and vibrant seaside areas, the West Coast beaches have something for everyone.

So, pack your bags, bring your sunscreen, and get ready to explore some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen.

Panormos

The beach has a sandy coast with sparkling water, and offers a fantastic sunset view, although we didn’t get to see it because every day was cloudy.
If you go there, you can rent sun-beds and umbrellas, and there are several beachfront tavernas and cafes where you can enjoy a meal or a drink.

Panormos, Skopelos
Panormos

Where to eat in Panormos?

At Kraken, I had the pleasure of tasting the best cocktails I’ve ever had, which is why we found ourselves there almost every night. They serve Greek cuisine with a modern twist, and I highly recommend trying the grilled calamari stuffed with pesto risotto. It’s truly a culinary delight!

The Taverna Vasiliki served us such delicious authentic Greek food, including mouth-watering skewers, that we visited twice.

Adrina

This beach is private, but I can’t help but mention it, as it’s part of the Adrina Beach Hotel, where we stayed. This small pebble beach with crystal-clear turquoise water was for me one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
I’m not sure if non-guests are permitted access to these beach, but reaching out to inquire would be a good idea.

Adrina Beach, Skopelos
Adrina Beach
Adrina Beach Hotel
Adrina Beach

Milia

It is one of the longest beaches in Skopelos. It is naturally divided into two sides by a row of large rock formations. The beach features lidos, a beach bar, and other facilities, making it an excellent spot to enjoy a day at the beach. Additionally, Milia is a great place to watch the stunning sunset.
Tip: On the right side of the beach (without infrastructure), a trail takes about 10 minutes to Kastani Beach.

Milia, Skopelos
Milia

Paralia Kastani

Fans of the movie Mamma Mia! should know that several scenes were filmed there, including the iconic “Lay All Your Love on Me” number. The beach is known for its transparent waters and is surrounded by pine forests.
Kastani Beach offers sun beds, umbrellas, a beach bar, and a lido. However, tourist boats make it overcrowded.

Kastani, Mamma Mia Movie
Kastani

Hovolo

One of the most beautiful, in my opinion! It’s small, consisting of three coves with white sand and pebbles, surrounded by impressive white cliffs. The only issue is getting there, as you need to take a short walk over the rocks and through the water. So, you have to be wearing those special shoes. Access: Park at the southernmost point of Neo Klima and walk along the seashore.

Hovolo, Neo Klima, Skopelos
Hovolo

Paralia Kalives and Paralia Armenopetra

To the north of the village of Neo Klima, there are two secluded beaches with white pebbles and transparent waters separated by a small peninsula. Both are difficult to reach: Kalives requires a walk through the countryside, while Armenopetra can be accessed by a very bumpy road that requires a 4×4 vehicle. Both places have limited parking (3-4 cars) and the road is very, very narrow, so I don’t think it’s worth going there.

Armenopetra, Skopelos
Armenopetra

Loutraki Glossas

Although it is located on one side of the harbour wall, the water is clear. Being close to the town centre, there are plenty of tavernas and bars to choose from. Nevertheless, there is nothing particularly extraordinary about it.

Skopelos, Adrina Beach
Adrina Beach

As you can see from the photos, the beaches on the West side are stunning, and I can say from personal experience that it’s the best area to stay and enjoy the island. Unless you’re looking for a busier area, then it’s best to stay in the town of Skopelos (read more about that here).

Also, we decided to hire a car for the flexibility, and we used Discover Cars because they offer a very good comparison platform, with rental options from different providers here in Europe. The platform is one of the largest for comparisons, and we always rent cars through them. Click here to check prices and options.

Anyway, the Island of Skopelos strikes a balance between tourism and the preservation of its cultural heritage, making it ideal for travellers seeking a less developed destination away from the already saturated islands like Santorini and Mykonos.

However, if I had to choose among the places I’ve been to in Greece (Crete, Zakynthos, Skiathos and Skopelos), I still prefer the Island of Zakynthos (read more here).

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I hope you have a wonderful holiday in Skopelos! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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